Book Review: The Shark

*originally published 05/31/2016

27852635THE SHARK (Forgotten Files: #1) Written by Mary Burton

2016; 350 Pages (Montlake Romance)
Genre: romantic suspense, suspense, mystery, thriller

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)

Rating: ★★★★

Nothing can put a damper on Virginia state trooper, Riley Tatum adopting her seventeen year old foster daughter until she gets a call to a murder scene.  The grisly murder of  a prostitute brings back memories of Riley’s past – a part of her past that she cannot remember so well.  She is brought on to the team of investigators including former FBI agent, Clay Bowman.  Bowman is now retired and working at Shield’s (Shield is also former FBI), a security company.  Bowman was also Riley’s one time lover and instructor.  As Riley’s past is coming to haunt her present, and maybe also her future, she is not sure she can work with Bowman.  But he could be her last chance to capture the predator, The Shark before more victims get caught up in his game.

I have read Mary Burton in the past and have thought her books okay.  I liked the romantic suspense story line but wanted more thriller and mystery.  I was looking forward to the quick read, but wow, I really enjoyed this book.  I loved the plot, characters and suspense.  I think you mysteries fans will figure out who The Shark is, but you will love every second of Riley and Bowman chasing him down. The next book will have Riley’s boss as the main hero and I cannot wait!

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