If At First You Don't Succeed
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. . .
And Kill Again. . .
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. . .
Praise for the novels of Mary Burton
"Will have readers sleeping with the lights on." --Publishers Weekly on Before She Dies (starred review)
"Terrifying. . .this chilling thriller is an engrossing story." --Library Journal on Merciless
Bestseller Burton (Before She Dies) delivers action-packed tension as a cold case becomes new again. Lara Church barely survived an attack by the Seattle Strangler. Fear kept her on the run, but seven years later, she's settled at her inherited family home in Austin, Tex., where she teaches photography at a university. Texas Ranger James Beck works on a case resembling that of the Seattle Strangler: bodies of blondes left in white dresses, each woman holding a penny. He interviews Lara, but she still can't remember anything about the attack. More women are strangled as the anniversary date of Lara's narrow escape looms. The blooming love interest between Beck and Lara, the number of red-herring suspects, and the backstory on the victims make this a compelling romantic thriller.