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Publisher's Summary

It's been seven years since the Seattle Strangler terrorized the city. His victims were all young, pretty, their lifeless bodies found wrapped in a home-sewn white dress. But there was one who miraculously escaped death, just before the Strangler disappeared.

Lara Church has only hazy memories of her long-ago attack. What she does have is a home in Austin, a job, and a chance at a normal life at last. Then Texas Ranger James Beck arrives on her doorstep with shattering news: The Strangler is back. And this time, he's in Austin.

He's always craved her, even as he killed the others. For so long he's been waiting to unleash the beast within. And this time, he'll prove he holds her life in his hands - right before he ends it forever....

©2013 Mary Burton (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Best-seller Burton (Before She Dies) delivers action-packed tension as a cold case becomes new again...a compelling romantic thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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Needed a stronger heroine

Great plot. Lots of suspense. But the leading character, Laura Church, who was raped and almost killed 7 years ago, needed to be a little more proactive in her safety. She still needed a man to save her. She kept putting herself in dangerous situations and being stubbornly idiotic when they were pointed out to her. She cared way too much for her dog and put herself in danger twice over his well being. Texas is a gun friendly state, she should've had a concealed carry and had learned some self-defensive moves. Her killer was still out there! Other than that, it was a very good book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Story with Great Narrator!

Very entertaining with plenty of suspense! The story kept me listening anxiously all the way through, anticipating what would happen next. And when you think you have it figured out, events occur to make you reconsider. Purchased when I saw Johanna Parker narrated. She's one of my top favorites and she does a wonderful job!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States
  • 03-22-13

Highly recommend

Great narration by Johanna Parker. She helped make this audiobook very enjoyable. A mystery with a twist at the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Seventh Victim, 1st Survivor

What made the experience of listening to The Seventh Victim the most enjoyable?

Liked the story line and the hero was interesting

What other book might you compare The Seventh Victim to and why?

the In Death series by J.D. Robb<br/>explicit story set ups and follow thru

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gave many scenes an excitement that was appealing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the hero started to care for the heroine.

Any additional comments?

I thought Ms. Parker reading was just a little too fast paced. At first I found it hard to grasp what she was saying as she relayed it too fast. As the books went on I finally adjusted to her speed, but still thought she should have had a better pace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Difficult to follow sometimes

What made the experience of listening to The Seventh Victim the most enjoyable?

The story was good.

What did you like best about this story?

All the interconnections with other books.

Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

No, I have a hard time figuring out what's happening. For some reason she does not catch my entire attention & I tend to tune her out & then miss crucial parts of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Marina
  • Lone Star, TX, United States
  • 10-08-14

Worth a read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Although it was somewhat predictable, and sometimes stretched into total disbelief, it is a good read. It has all the good stuff, a Texas Ranger, a series of murders, and a German Shepard.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seventh Victim?

About 2/3 into the book when it became apparent who the bad guys were.

Have you listened to any of Johanna Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Don't recall hearing her before.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Actually, it was how ALL the police treated the lone surviving victim. All the cops either treated her like a prostitute or threatened her. I don't know many police officers with the experience she gives the characters would actually ever speak to a victim or witness in that manner. It sadden me to think that people think its a common occurrence.

Any additional comments?

I prefer a heroine with a little more snark, but over-all, its a good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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good

good but not her best work but i will finish the series. surprise ending good

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I liked it

I liked it. It was engaging, moved at a good pace, and wasn't too predictable. The narrator was good too.

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twist

I really enjoyed this book. I was convinced that I knew exactly who the killer was but then it went a whole different direction. but then again it ended I was right too.

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Texas cliche

you can expect every Texas cliche to be in this book. with that said, good story. nice twist. like the authors other books better.