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A homicide detective in the dark. A serial killer on the loose. Both have their obsessions in a nerve-twisting novel of suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton. Austin homicide detective Jordan Poe is hunting a serial killer she fears is the same man who assaulted her sister, Avery, two years ago. The details line up: the victims are the same age, same typ A homicide detective in the dark. A serial killer on the loose. Both have their obsessions in a nerve-twisting novel of suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton. Austin homicide detective Jordan Poe is hunting a serial killer she fears is the same man who assaulted her sister, Avery, two years ago. The details line up: the victims are the same age, same type, dead by the same grim MO. Luckily Avery survived. But the terrible memories linger, making Jordan more determined than ever to stop this monster in his tracks. Texas Ranger Carter Spencer isn’t one to poach on a detective’s territory. Yet no matter how resentful a capable lone wolf like Jordan is, when she is attacked at a third crime scene and suffers a trauma that leaves her with limited vision, it’s up to Carter to help Jordan navigate a world she no longer recognizes. He needs her instinct, her experience, and her fearless resolve to crack this case. A case that’s about to get even darker. A stranger is watching. He’s closing in on his ultimate prey. And no one but the killer can see what’s coming.


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A homicide detective in the dark. A serial killer on the loose. Both have their obsessions in a nerve-twisting novel of suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton. Austin homicide detective Jordan Poe is hunting a serial killer she fears is the same man who assaulted her sister, Avery, two years ago. The details line up: the victims are the same age, same typ A homicide detective in the dark. A serial killer on the loose. Both have their obsessions in a nerve-twisting novel of suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton. Austin homicide detective Jordan Poe is hunting a serial killer she fears is the same man who assaulted her sister, Avery, two years ago. The details line up: the victims are the same age, same type, dead by the same grim MO. Luckily Avery survived. But the terrible memories linger, making Jordan more determined than ever to stop this monster in his tracks. Texas Ranger Carter Spencer isn’t one to poach on a detective’s territory. Yet no matter how resentful a capable lone wolf like Jordan is, when she is attacked at a third crime scene and suffers a trauma that leaves her with limited vision, it’s up to Carter to help Jordan navigate a world she no longer recognizes. He needs her instinct, her experience, and her fearless resolve to crack this case. A case that’s about to get even darker. A stranger is watching. He’s closing in on his ultimate prey. And no one but the killer can see what’s coming.

30 review for Don't Look Now

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    My first book by Mary Burton and I can see why this prolific author is very popular. This standalone thriller/police procedural had a strong female lead, a logical storyline with a few twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing and a good pace- no wonder I read it in no time at all. Detective Jordan Poe is both hard-working and tenacious. She has to be. Her mother had a substance abuse problem and Jordan learnt quickly to take care of herself and her little sister Avery. When their mothe My first book by Mary Burton and I can see why this prolific author is very popular. This standalone thriller/police procedural had a strong female lead, a logical storyline with a few twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing and a good pace- no wonder I read it in no time at all. Detective Jordan Poe is both hard-working and tenacious. She has to be. Her mother had a substance abuse problem and Jordan learnt quickly to take care of herself and her little sister Avery. When their mother died, Jordan had to cope not ony with her own but also with Avery's grief and later her descent into drug abuse. The low point came when she found Avery in her drug dealer Marco's place, tied and suffocating. Avery has been clean and sober ever since, but Jordan cannot help worrying about her. When the first body of a young woman is found wrapped in plastic, Jordan has very little to go on to identify the victim, but when the second one is found, she has a terrible suspicion that the cases resemble what happened to Avery. The victims were young, blond, petite,and had a history of drug abuse. There is a bit of tension about who should deal with the investigation as Jordan isn't particularly happy to let the case go to Texas Ranger Carter Spenser. Carter has a tendency to rub people the wrong way, but he has experience of dealing with serial killers as well as the wisdom of recognising Jordan's detective skills and tenacity. What made this book stand out is what happened, while Jordan was trying to save the killer's next victim. This isn't a spoiler (it maybe if you don't read blurbs)- Jordan suffers a blow to her head and is left with impaired vision. Remember she is in the middle of an ongoing investigation, the killer is still on the loose. Jordan is a fiercely independent person, but now she is forced to deal with tremendous changes to her her daily life, career and entire future. I can't say I found it too easy to guess who the killer was- perhaps other, more savvy readers would see it early on. The plot was logical and everything was tied in the end. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the romance-it came in at a very late point in the book and I didn't feel it was necessary. This is a more plot-driven, action-packed kind of book, so the other characters apart from the protagonist were not as developped, but I think there is a potential for this standalone to become a series. I liked Jordan and the way she dealt with adversity in her life with determination and compassion and I would certainly like to read more from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. 3.5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Don't Look Now is a captivating story that throws you right into an investigation and doesn't hold back. And even through the gruesome murders and crime scenes there's something about the book that keeps it a fun reading experience without getting too heavy. Which I really enjoyed. I actually guessed the ending pretty early into the book but the story was written so well that there were still little things happening that shocked me and made it so I never lost intere NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Don't Look Now is a captivating story that throws you right into an investigation and doesn't hold back. And even through the gruesome murders and crime scenes there's something about the book that keeps it a fun reading experience without getting too heavy. Which I really enjoyed. I actually guessed the ending pretty early into the book but the story was written so well that there were still little things happening that shocked me and made it so I never lost interest. Overall, a great read and one I definitely recommend. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    This was an enjoyable read. While it’s all about the mystery, I was able to guess who it was rather early on. Of course, there was always the chance I would be wrong. I was not. However, the reasons behind the murders were quite shocking as were all the murders themselves. This was filled with details. Not only about the murders, but about the drugs, the process of hunting the killer and the battle to overcome adversity. The romance is really non-existent but I suspected it would be and therefor This was an enjoyable read. While it’s all about the mystery, I was able to guess who it was rather early on. Of course, there was always the chance I would be wrong. I was not. However, the reasons behind the murders were quite shocking as were all the murders themselves. This was filled with details. Not only about the murders, but about the drugs, the process of hunting the killer and the battle to overcome adversity. The romance is really non-existent but I suspected it would be and therefore, did not go into this with any expectations in that department. When it did pop up out of nowhere, it actually annoyed me as there was nothing organic about it. I liked the hero, Spencer, quite a bit and would have loved to see him in the boyfriend role. Overall, I liked this story and would recommend it to anyone that does not have triggers and is not looking for romance. Multi POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; nothing about either h/H and their past relationships (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[drug use - addiction; rape - some of it on page; asphyxiation (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    Ms. Burton is one of my favourite romance-suspense-thriller authors. She's always a one-click and this book did not disappoint! My God, she engaged this reader in the first chapter! This was a well-paced, well-written suspense thriller. I loved Detective Jordon Poe's strong, smart, and determined character, and Texas Ranger Carter Spencer was her perfect partner and match. This story was engaging, interesting, (creepy), and throughout the story I suspected two people to be the possible serial killer Ms. Burton is one of my favourite romance-suspense-thriller authors. She's always a one-click and this book did not disappoint! My God, she engaged this reader in the first chapter! This was a well-paced, well-written suspense thriller. I loved Detective Jordon Poe's strong, smart, and determined character, and Texas Ranger Carter Spencer was her perfect partner and match. This story was engaging, interesting, (creepy), and throughout the story I suspected two people to be the possible serial killer. I'm not saying the story was predictable, but really well-plotted and the sequence of events made sense. When the killer is finally revealed, I was happy that my suspicions were right. I really enjoyed this story, and I can't wait to read her next book release.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A strong minded female homicide detective has to dig even deeper into her inner strength when a serial killer she has been chasing, and who may also be the man that attacked her sister two years ago, leaves her blind after a confrontation. With her sight gone she teams up with a Texas Ranger Carter to continue to hunt the killer. He becomes her eyes but its her honed detective skills that help track down the killer that turns out to be closer than she ever could have imagined. This was a stand a A strong minded female homicide detective has to dig even deeper into her inner strength when a serial killer she has been chasing, and who may also be the man that attacked her sister two years ago, leaves her blind after a confrontation. With her sight gone she teams up with a Texas Ranger Carter to continue to hunt the killer. He becomes her eyes but its her honed detective skills that help track down the killer that turns out to be closer than she ever could have imagined. This was a stand alone suspense not connected to any other series of the authors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Having heard many great things about Mary Burton’s work, I jumped at the opportunity to read/listen to Don’t Look Now. Narrated by full cast the story I found myself transported on a journey filled with mystery and suspense. In Burton’s latest romantic thriller, we meet Detective Jordan Poe. A topnotch detective, but stubborn as the day is long. Jordan to I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Having heard many great things about Mary Burton’s work, I jumped at the opportunity to read/listen to Don’t Look Now. Narrated by full cast the story I found myself transported on a journey filled with mystery and suspense. In Burton’s latest romantic thriller, we meet Detective Jordan Poe. A topnotch detective, but stubborn as the day is long. Jordan took on the role of taking care of her younger sister, Avery, after the death of their mother. Since then, their lives did not take the easy road. Avery hung out with the wrong crowd and soon became involved in drugs. The turning point  to getting her life back on track was the day Jordan found her bound, wrapped in plastic and left to suffocate. Two years later Jordan visited a crime scene and found the victim bound, wrapped tightly in plastic and gagged. Then she found another victim murdered in the same fashion. Immediately, her thoughts flashed back to the day she rescued her sister. She recognized the murders mirrored the manner in which she found her sister two years ago. The only difference her sister lived. The case became personal as a result, so you can imagine  her turmoil when she learnt that Texas Ranger Carter Spencer would take over the case. I enjoyed the story from start to finish. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The crime scenes are gritty and definitely not for the faint of heart. Jordan’s captain took her off the case, but she went and did her own investigation. Eventually, she and Jordan became a team. I loved how well they worked together, even after an attack left her blind. Although advertised a romantic suspense, the romance was non-existent. First, I never felt the chemistry between Jordan and Spencer. Also, expressions of feelings were not portrayed until near the end and it didn’t feel authentic. I had a fair idea as to the identity of the villain. Given the nature of the victims, it wasn’t too hard to figure out the who and the why. However, it would have been nice to have the perpetrator’s back story. I never understood his motive and what compelled him to effect such heinous acts. Narration This was my first time experiencing a full cast narration, and I enjoyed the experience. I have listened to Hillary Huber before, but  the other narrators were new to me. They all did a wonderful job bringing the story and the characters to life. I would definitely listen to them again . Conclusion/ Recommendation Despite the issues I had with the romance and lack of backstory for the perpetrator, I enjoyed  Don’t Look Now. I found the suspense to be well done, especially at the point where the end was drawing close. For readers who enjoy mystery, suspense and gritty crime scenes, Don’t Look Now would make a great addition to their reading list. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  7. 5 out of 5

    CaraDico

    *Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Mary Burton for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Previously posted at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/do... Jordan Poe is a cop to be reckoned with. Known for her incredible dedication to her cases, her newest case is baffling to her. A serial killer is on the loose in Austin, Texas and is suffocating small blonde females with a former drug addiction, specifically. The murderer wraps them in plastic sheeting and watches them suffocate. Jordan’s *Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Mary Burton for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Previously posted at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/do... Jordan Poe is a cop to be reckoned with. Known for her incredible dedication to her cases, her newest case is baffling to her. A serial killer is on the loose in Austin, Texas and is suffocating small blonde females with a former drug addiction, specifically. The murderer wraps them in plastic sheeting and watches them suffocate. Jordan’s sister, Avery, is a former drug addict who has been in recovery for two years. Girls that look like her are disappearing and all seem to have a connection to the drug dealer that Avery knew while she was using, and Jordan seeks her help in this case. When the petite female detective answers a victim’s call for help, she is assaulted with a billy club and remains blind throughout the rest of the novel. When a Texas ranger is brought in to take over the case, a relationship forms between Jordan and Spencer. She refuses to step back, feeling it has taken a personal turn for her and Ranger Spencer begins taking her with him as he investigates. As the romance between Jordan and Spencer develops, time is running out. When the murderer focuses on Jordan and Avery, this novel turns into a nail biter. All the characters in Don’t Look Now are relatable. Jordan, as the seasoned cop, is always worrying about her sister. And Ranger Spencer has a dark history, which shows in the way he investigates the crimes. But Avery particularly shines as the tentative addict in recovery, always checking on herself but also wanting to live her life. The book gets very interesting as Jordan loses her sight and navigates life as a vision impaired person. Don’t Look Now is a page turner. As the reader, I was so invested because I absolutely could not figure out who the serial killer was, though we get a sense it is someone hiding in plain sight. You can always tell a great mystery novel about how long you take to figure out who the perpetrator is. In this novel, it was the very last chapter. This is my first time reading Mary Burton and I am happy to have found an author that I am eager to read the rest of her library. This book is not for the fainthearted. There are sexual assault, drugs, and graphic scenes of battery. While listed this as a romantic mystery, Don’t Look Now may be best categorized as a mystery/thriller.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2.5 stars. This one dragged for me. The pacing was slow, the mystery was predictable, and the explicit details of the crimes sickened and saddened in equal measure. Safety (view spoiler)[ No OP drama, but rape on page, drugging, kidnapping, and murder. (hide spoiler)] 2.5 stars. This one dragged for me. The pacing was slow, the mystery was predictable, and the explicit details of the crimes sickened and saddened in equal measure. Safety (view spoiler)[ No OP drama, but rape on page, drugging, kidnapping, and murder. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I’m going to keep this review short because, unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. I did enjoy some aspects, including the detective story and several of the characters, but I quickly figured out who the bad guy is and found his motivations to be rather dull. I also found the romance to be very forced and unnecessary, and would have preferred to solely stick to the suspense part of the story, which gave me Criminal Minds vibes and reminded me of Long Bright River. Although I found the story for I’m going to keep this review short because, unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. I did enjoy some aspects, including the detective story and several of the characters, but I quickly figured out who the bad guy is and found his motivations to be rather dull. I also found the romance to be very forced and unnecessary, and would have preferred to solely stick to the suspense part of the story, which gave me Criminal Minds vibes and reminded me of Long Bright River. Although I found the story forgettable and personally don’t recommend it, I think readers new to the crime fiction genre who are looking for a quick read might enjoy this one more! Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. This book publishes September 28, 2021. *To avoid spoilers, please do your own research if you’re looking for trigger warnings.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    ci

    Mary, Mary, Mary!!!! Your writing never ceases to amaze me, each book gets better and better. This book has EVERYTHING!! Its an action packed page-turner with murder, kidnapping, drug addiction, sister drama, twists/turns, unexpected partners/friendship, and just the right amount of romance. I so hope there is another book in this series as I need to see Avery beat this and get Santiago!!!! Thank you Netgalley, Mary Burton, and Montlake for allowing me to read this ARC for an honest review. #MaryB Mary, Mary, Mary!!!! Your writing never ceases to amaze me, each book gets better and better. This book has EVERYTHING!! Its an action packed page-turner with murder, kidnapping, drug addiction, sister drama, twists/turns, unexpected partners/friendship, and just the right amount of romance. I so hope there is another book in this series as I need to see Avery beat this and get Santiago!!!! Thank you Netgalley, Mary Burton, and Montlake for allowing me to read this ARC for an honest review. #MaryBurtonRocks! #Poe #Avery #Spencer #IFiguredItOut! #INeedMore

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I don’t have to read the blurb telling me about the book to know that I’m going to read it if it’s by Mary Burton. I have favorites of course but when I started reading Don’t Look Now, I knew that this was going to be at the top of my list. The book was chilling, exciting and nerve-wracking. The characters came alive in this book for me in a way that I haven’t seen in quite awhile.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristel Kristel

    I don't know why I keep on coming back to reading Mary Burton's books no matter how much disappointment I get from the latest novels I've read from her. I can compare this guilty pleasure to those moments where I keep on listening catchy songs with horrible lyrics. Don't get me wrong. This book isn't horrible. It's just that, I've already mastered Mary Burton's formula of writing crime fiction that everything is so predictable. I thought this novel would be different: Detective Jordan Poe suffers I don't know why I keep on coming back to reading Mary Burton's books no matter how much disappointment I get from the latest novels I've read from her. I can compare this guilty pleasure to those moments where I keep on listening catchy songs with horrible lyrics. Don't get me wrong. This book isn't horrible. It's just that, I've already mastered Mary Burton's formula of writing crime fiction that everything is so predictable. I thought this novel would be different: Detective Jordan Poe suffers limited vision after getting attacked during an investigation. I was so pumped up with that added conflict but it was just poorly executed. I mean, when the killer was revealed (which I've already guessed from the start), it just didn't make sense. Given her reputation as a smart detective, why hadn't she figured it out? I also didn't like how stubborn she got after getting the injury. I understand it was tough to go on after partially losing her sight, but she didn't have to be so b*tchy and all-knowing all the time. And the romance plot, good God! Please! I thought Mary Burton finally threw away her formula of a late hookup between her characters, but this! Jordan and Spencer have ZERO CHEMISTRY. ZILCH. NADA. It's as cold as ice. I would have appreciated it if the two didn't hook up late in the novel. I mean, they could be good partners. They work well together, but then suddenly, Spencer was also hot and heavy to Jordan and the feeling is mutual? Where the eff did that come from? Spencer didn't show any vibe that he was attracted to Jordan from the start, and then suddenly, poof! They're in bed together. Christ. The only thing I love in this novel is Avery and Leo Santiago. Jesus, they have better chemistry than Jordan and Spencer despite their limited interactions. I hope they get their own story. But hey, I'll still keep coming back to reading Mary Burton novels like a catchy song with unflattering lyrics that I couldn't listening to.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Don’t Look Now by Mary Burton Dark, gritty, intense, and compelling – this book had my interest from page one and held it till the very end. What I liked: * Jordan Poe: homicide detective, big sister, took on responsibility for her sister when their mother died, dealt with family addiction issues, capable, intelligent, respected, professional, workaholic, interesting. * Carters Spencer: Texas Ranger, experienced serial killer sleuth, bright, dedicated, widow, capable, professional, intelligent, in Don’t Look Now by Mary Burton Dark, gritty, intense, and compelling – this book had my interest from page one and held it till the very end. What I liked: * Jordan Poe: homicide detective, big sister, took on responsibility for her sister when their mother died, dealt with family addiction issues, capable, intelligent, respected, professional, workaholic, interesting. * Carters Spencer: Texas Ranger, experienced serial killer sleuth, bright, dedicated, widow, capable, professional, intelligent, intriguing, good friend. * Avery: Jordan’s sister, addiction issues, working to stay sober, loves her sister, survivor. * The plot and writing * The police procedural aspects * That there were believable red herrings * That the serial killer was not revealed too soon (although I do read the end of books before I get to the end as I need to know what happens) * The camaraderie of the team working the case * Wondering if this is a standalone story or perhaps the introduction to a series * Hoping that I will get to see what happens later in the lives of the main characters * That everything was tied up at the end – no real loose ends What I didn’t like: * Knowing that there are people in the world as bad as the ones in this story * Not finding out the full backstory of the serial killer – although – nothing would validate or explain the crimes committed Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    A fast-paced, non-stop thrill ride! The story of Detective Jordan Poe and her quest for justice is one that is as memorable as it is high-octane. From the beginning, when Jordan is determined to find the killer who is wrapping young woman in plastic and killing them, the atmosphere is dark and forbidding. When Texas Ranger Carter Spencer takes over her case, I could feel her rage boiling over. The case has a lot of twists and turns, including a debilitating injury to Jordan when she goes to a cr A fast-paced, non-stop thrill ride! The story of Detective Jordan Poe and her quest for justice is one that is as memorable as it is high-octane. From the beginning, when Jordan is determined to find the killer who is wrapping young woman in plastic and killing them, the atmosphere is dark and forbidding. When Texas Ranger Carter Spencer takes over her case, I could feel her rage boiling over. The case has a lot of twists and turns, including a debilitating injury to Jordan when she goes to a crime scene alone. Her sister Avery is still fighting the demons of drug addiction and is a companion and helper to her injured sibling. The killer was mostly a surprise although I must admit that I did guess correctly about three-fourths of the way through the book. The clues were well hidden, so finding out that I was right was an extra bonus for me. The story itself rocketed its way from the first victim to the conclusion, with a head of steam that would not quit. I discovered a lot to like about Jordan. She is a strong female protagonist who is also independent and a worthy opponent to criminals. She is compassionate and kind to the families of the victims and she is the kind of sister that everyone would like to have, the one who believes in you and who helps you along the way. The characters were important to the story, but the plot carried them in an intriguing and intense way that just did not let up. I raced to finish this book as I just wanted all to be wrapped up with a neat bow in the end. Well, it was, kind of. There was a romantic element to the story, too, but it took second place to the mystery of who the killer was and what his motivation was for his depravity. Fans of mystery, romantic suspense and thrillers will enjoy this new book and look forward to more adventures of Jordan Poe. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in a accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Stansel

    Another great mystery, crime novel from Burton. Both leads are interesting characters and I found the story to be well plotted and a fun read. This one is a standalone story, and just great for a cool weekend day! Warnings: sexual assault, sex traffic and drug use all play major roles, so if you are bothered by these, I'd skip this one for sure. Another great mystery, crime novel from Burton. Both leads are interesting characters and I found the story to be well plotted and a fun read. This one is a standalone story, and just great for a cool weekend day! Warnings: sexual assault, sex traffic and drug use all play major roles, so if you are bothered by these, I'd skip this one for sure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Thank you to Mary Burton for an advanced copy of this book. This was really good. I really liked Jordan and they way she overcame things that happened. Good read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    2.5 stars, rounded up to 3. Don’t Look Now is a new romantic suspense story, publishing on September 28, 2021. The novel follows a homicide detective, Jordan Poe, as she’s put on the case of a potential serial killer in her backyard. Not only that, but it’s a case that hits close to home, as she wonders if the serial killer has a connection to her younger sister. As the case begins to unfold, we’re introduced to Carter Spencer, a Texas Ranger who’s pulled onto the case as it gets darker. Right of 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3. Don’t Look Now is a new romantic suspense story, publishing on September 28, 2021. The novel follows a homicide detective, Jordan Poe, as she’s put on the case of a potential serial killer in her backyard. Not only that, but it’s a case that hits close to home, as she wonders if the serial killer has a connection to her younger sister. As the case begins to unfold, we’re introduced to Carter Spencer, a Texas Ranger who’s pulled onto the case as it gets darker. Right off the bat, I must mention that this has a lot of potential triggering topics. I tried to catch them all below in a list, but this is a dark story that has a serial killer at the center and deals with drug use/drug addiction and violence of all kinds. I’m not going to go into a lot of the plot, for the sake of keeping this a blank slate for those that feel inclined to read it, but I particularly liked Carter Spencer, both as a character and a love interest. Watching the relationship between Carter and Jordan evolve over the course of the novel was a real highlight for me and one of my favorite parts on the book. I have a hard time putting my finger on what about this book didn’t hit with me. The pacing wasn’t what I was hoping for, as it was slower than I expected a thriller/romantic suspense/murder investigation to go. In some ways it reminded me of Melina Leigh’s romantic suspense books, but I didn’t connect to Jordan as well as I have to other man characters in books like this. A particular section in the middle of the book did pull me in a little bit more with a twist, but I figured out who the killer was early on, and I was a little disappointed that I had figured it out. All in all, this was an okay read, but it isn’t going onto my list of books I’d like to reread. Warning: This book discusses some sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers including death of a loved one, murder, physical violence, sexual violence, verbal abuse, drug addictions, drug abuse, traumatic events, and vivid depictions of crime scenes. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Taiyeaba

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all I've read this plot before. I don't know what book but I've read something like this. And it didn't surprise me that Rogan was the killer. Very predictable. The romance was just for the sake of it just like every other book of Mary Burton. No chemistry nothing hinted and suddenly they're onto each other. I only liked Avery's character in this book. Everyone else was so annoying. Especially Jordan. I didn't like how she became after her accident. She was going opposite the fact. It was First of all I've read this plot before. I don't know what book but I've read something like this. And it didn't surprise me that Rogan was the killer. Very predictable. The romance was just for the sake of it just like every other book of Mary Burton. No chemistry nothing hinted and suddenly they're onto each other. I only liked Avery's character in this book. Everyone else was so annoying. Especially Jordan. I didn't like how she became after her accident. She was going opposite the fact. It was like she was trying to be bothersome. Why would you go to a crime scene in this condition? If she wanted to help she could have done without being a liability so many times. She could have been asked to be Up to date and brainstorm from afar. I couldn't believe when she went to rescue Casey with Spencer in that condition. What if the killer was there when she was lurking blindly (literally). There's a big difference between bravery and foolishness. She constantly make it awkward for everyone. Didn't like Spencer either. Ehhh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I had a hard time getting into this pretty basic cop and criminal story. By the third time I returned to it, I managed to read beyond 30% on my Kindle and it got better. Still your basic story with town cop not wanting to share or turn over the case to the big, bad Texas Ranger. Because the criminal was abducting and killing girls who had been using drugs, it seems like almost everyone in the town was somehow connected to the drug trade. Town cop Jordan gets badly injured in trying to save one o I had a hard time getting into this pretty basic cop and criminal story. By the third time I returned to it, I managed to read beyond 30% on my Kindle and it got better. Still your basic story with town cop not wanting to share or turn over the case to the big, bad Texas Ranger. Because the criminal was abducting and killing girls who had been using drugs, it seems like almost everyone in the town was somehow connected to the drug trade. Town cop Jordan gets badly injured in trying to save one of the girls, and her story and her sister's story (of drug abuse) turns out to be a major clue in solving the case. Probably because of that point that I will give it 3 stars instead of 2.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I love suspense, thrillers, and this one had some gasping moments for me. Jordan is tenacious. Dealing with the murders and a younger sister who is a recovering addict. When Texas Ranger Carter is called in there is some butting heads. Some blurring of lines during the investigation (not talking romance, read the book) and I love how her friends in the department had her back. I did not guess who the killer was till 3/4 through the book. I read the book for the thrilling chilling escape that it I love suspense, thrillers, and this one had some gasping moments for me. Jordan is tenacious. Dealing with the murders and a younger sister who is a recovering addict. When Texas Ranger Carter is called in there is some butting heads. Some blurring of lines during the investigation (not talking romance, read the book) and I love how her friends in the department had her back. I did not guess who the killer was till 3/4 through the book. I read the book for the thrilling chilling escape that it was. A book that brought to light addiction, and heart wrenching moments as a excellent detective fights for independence after a debilitating assault. A sister winning her day to day struggle with addiction and life steps up and smacks her. Well done. Mary I need to know what happens to Jordan in the future, and her sister Avery. Even a novella, please. Thank you Montlake, Netgalley and Mary Burton for the arc. I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a police procedural with an interesting element that I LOVED. When the lead detective loses her sight, things get interesting. That aspect made this book stand out amongst the others in the field. I loved the characters and the case. I sat in suspense throughout and was thoroughly please with the ending. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    NayNay

    I enjoy smart, sophisticated, fast-past romantic suspense and Mary Burton writes them brilliantly. Her new release Don’t Look Now has intriguing characters, sharp dialogue, and a great plot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Suspenseful Suspenseful with just a hint of romance. Who’s killing recovering addicts? Jordan Poe is a force. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Hazen

    This book was a page turner from beginning to end. A serial killer with a close connection to a detective and her family - and a detective that will not let go until she solves the case. Until the Texas rangers step in to take her off the case. But this detective will not stop. Even when she is injured and in the line of danger. Highly recommend. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara Oxton

    Don’t look now by Mary Burton an investable five-star read. This is a stand-alone story and I have enjoyed this author before, but this one blew me away. There wasn’t one person I didn’t enjoy and want to get a deeper grip on everyone. Jordan and her worry, have your stomach in knots, then you have Ranger Spenser, mmm what to say about them. This story has it all, the details to die for literally, there is a darkness that will hook you, romance to lighten. But most of all there is a story to kee Don’t look now by Mary Burton an investable five-star read. This is a stand-alone story and I have enjoyed this author before, but this one blew me away. There wasn’t one person I didn’t enjoy and want to get a deeper grip on everyone. Jordan and her worry, have your stomach in knots, then you have Ranger Spenser, mmm what to say about them. This story has it all, the details to die for literally, there is a darkness that will hook you, romance to lighten. But most of all there is a story to keep you guessing right until the end. I have just finished this one and I cant wait for the next story by this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Iyanna

    Jordan Poe is a homicide detective in Austin with a string of solved cases behind her.A new case comes across her desk of a dead woman wrapped in plastic before she could dive into the case,another dead women is found similar to the first,the similarity of these two cases are uncanny. Jordan sees a pattern it what happened 2yrs ago with her sister, before she can investigate she is pulled off the case and the cases are given to Texas ranger Carter Spencer.Jordan refuse to turn over the cases she Jordan Poe is a homicide detective in Austin with a string of solved cases behind her.A new case comes across her desk of a dead woman wrapped in plastic before she could dive into the case,another dead women is found similar to the first,the similarity of these two cases are uncanny. Jordan sees a pattern it what happened 2yrs ago with her sister, before she can investigate she is pulled off the case and the cases are given to Texas ranger Carter Spencer.Jordan refuse to turn over the cases she continues to look into the murder.Jordan was so focused the cases,she forgot her training, beware of your surroundings, always wait for backup,check-ins. I love the storyline main characters,the chemistry between the two building. I figured out who i thought the serial killer was and was right.This book has drug abuse,suspense, serial killer,alot of action and alot of back stories and lot of information.This book was a great read to me,the author never disappoint

  27. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    An intense, chilling opening sets the tone for "Don't Look Now", a thrilling police procedural from acclaimed suspense author Mary Burton. When Austin, TX Homicide Detective Jordan Poe is called to a grisly murder scene, painful memories are brought back from a similar crime that had happened two years ago--one that involved her own sister, Avery. Both young women were petite blondes with drug habits. Jordan had managed to find Avery and save her with just seconds to spare. After their mother's An intense, chilling opening sets the tone for "Don't Look Now", a thrilling police procedural from acclaimed suspense author Mary Burton. When Austin, TX Homicide Detective Jordan Poe is called to a grisly murder scene, painful memories are brought back from a similar crime that had happened two years ago--one that involved her own sister, Avery. Both young women were petite blondes with drug habits. Jordan had managed to find Avery and save her with just seconds to spare. After their mother's death, Jordan had always worried about her younger sister's welfare, and Avery's drug use had long been a bone of contention between them. After her near-death experience, Avery had made an attempt to stay clean. When another victim with a similar crime scene MO is discovered, local law enforcement brings in Texas Ranger Carter Spencer to assist in the investigation. There is tension at first between Jordan and Carter--she didn't like handing over the case to someone else. However, when Jordan is attacked at a third crime scene, she suffers an injury which causes her vision to be impaired. She must now rely on Carter to help her, and he needs her knowledge, intuition, and skill to help him catch a serial killer. A growing mutual respect blooms into friendship, and then into something more. This case is deeper, darker, and more personal than they first realized. The evil is far closer and stronger than they could have imagined. Can they survive the truth and bring this reign of terror to an end? With Jordan's future in law enforcement in question, can love find a way to bring new hope and make wishes for happiness together come true? Author Mary Burton's detailed, descriptive writing will give you goosebumps as you keep reading until the last page is turned. Book Copy Gratis Author

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨

    ***** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW ***** I have loved Mary’s Burton’s books for the last few years. I remember stumbling upon Be Afraid on NetGalley years ago and have been in deep since then. Don’t Look Now was a story that quickly pulled me in. Jordan Poe is a homicide detective that caught a new case… then within weeks there was a second case. Poe’s boss thinks there’s a serial killer on the large and thinks the Texas Rangers would be better suited for a very public serial killer case. Detective Poe isn’t ***** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW ***** I have loved Mary’s Burton’s books for the last few years. I remember stumbling upon Be Afraid on NetGalley years ago and have been in deep since then. Don’t Look Now was a story that quickly pulled me in. Jordan Poe is a homicide detective that caught a new case… then within weeks there was a second case. Poe’s boss thinks there’s a serial killer on the large and thinks the Texas Rangers would be better suited for a very public serial killer case. Detective Poe isn’t a quitter though and she still pursues the cases. Texas Ranger Carter Spencer is who took over the case… these two end up working together after a tough go. With them both on the case, this killer doesn’t stand a chance! The narration was a full cast: Hillary Huber, Alan Carlson, Kirt Graves, Heather Firth, and Zara Eden. I’ll be honest, I don’t know who narrated who but there wasn’t a narrator that I didn’t enjoy. I’m so glad that Spencer and the Killer both had male voices. Jordan’s narrator really fit her personality. She’s strong and independent. Just like all the writing from a Mary Burton book, Don’t Look Now was written great. The characters were in-depth and I felt them even more with such a solid narration. Thank you Brilliance Publishing for the complimentary copy of this audiobook with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions. Check out my Blog: Next Book Review Check out my Facebook Page: Next Book Review Facebook

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I was privileged enough to receive an advanced readers copy of this book. Thank you Mary Burton! I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and kept me guessing and wondering until the end. Jordan Poe's life is going well. Her sister, Avery, has been clean for 2 years. Her solve rate as a detective is steady. She has even stopped seeing her therapist. When she gets assigned to investigate a murder where a young woman has been suffocated and wrapped in plastic she begins her unrelenting search for answ I was privileged enough to receive an advanced readers copy of this book. Thank you Mary Burton! I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and kept me guessing and wondering until the end. Jordan Poe's life is going well. Her sister, Avery, has been clean for 2 years. Her solve rate as a detective is steady. She has even stopped seeing her therapist. When she gets assigned to investigate a murder where a young woman has been suffocated and wrapped in plastic she begins her unrelenting search for answers. When victim 2 is discovered and the Texas Rangers are called in to assist on what is looking to be a serial killer case Jordan struggles to play nice with Ranger Spencer. With victim number 3's life hanging in the balance Jordan rushes in to save her only to succumb to injuries leaving her sight damaged and maybe never to return. But sight or no sight Jordan wont give up on finding justice for these women even if it means working with and trusting Ranger Spencer. As the investigation progresses Jordan begins to consider that her sister may have been this killers first victim. As they work to solve the case and save the still missing Casey, Jordan and Ranger Spencer find more then just a work partnership developing. Should they give in to the romantic temptations bubbling up to the surface? And can they stop a killer who seems to have Jordan and Avery in his sights before it too late?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is an exciting, action-packed thriller that grabs the reader from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end. Jordon Poe is a homicide detective. She is an independent, driven workaholic who never gave up no matter how difficult the situation. Her alcoholic mother had died in a car crash when Jordon was in her early twenties and her sister Avery was only twelve. After that, Avery lives with Jordon who is now her guardian. Unfortunately, Avery is also a drug addict. Consequently This is an exciting, action-packed thriller that grabs the reader from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end. Jordon Poe is a homicide detective. She is an independent, driven workaholic who never gave up no matter how difficult the situation. Her alcoholic mother had died in a car crash when Jordon was in her early twenties and her sister Avery was only twelve. After that, Avery lives with Jordon who is now her guardian. Unfortunately, Avery is also a drug addict. Consequently, Jordon’s life becomes chaos as she attempts to keep Avery away from dangerous people and situations. Since Avery refuses to listen to anything Jordon says, this is a very difficult time for Jordon. Fortunately, Avery goes through rehab and is now drug-free. Meanwhile, Jordon’s latest case involves murdered drug-addicts. Because it is a very real reminder of what could have happened to Avery, Jordon takes this case personally. Unfortunately, Jordon’s captain has turned this case over to Texas Ranger, Carter Spencer. Since the killer is obviously a serial killer, he feels it will be too much for her. However, Jordon refuses to give up the case and agrees to work with Carter. What follows is a suspenseful story with non-stop action and a lot of intrigue. Mary Burton skillfully includes many twists and surprises that kept me on the edge of my seats. This thriller is an exciting page-turner that will not disappoint!

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