Be Afraid by Mary Burton

Be Afraid by Mary Burton

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Be Afraid

Summary from Goodreads:

The Fear Is Terrifying

When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she’s been held captive for days, they tell her she’s a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it’s true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later.

But The Truth

On leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna’s expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy half-buried memories–and a nagging dread that Jenna’s ordeal hasn’t ended.

Is Even Worse

Now other women are dying. And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna’s past becomes clear, she knows this time, a madman will leave no survivors. .


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Having read COVER YOUR EYES last year (liking it- but not just running around and screaming “READ THIS BOOK” to everyone I knew), I wanted to give Mary another shot. When BE AFRAID came to my house, I was ready!

In COVER YOUR EYES, Mary began setting the scene for the Morgan family- in BE AFRAID, she showcased a family that was much like “SVU meets Nashville” and I really liked how everyone in the family was involved in this storyline- although make no mistake- this was Rick’s book.

Jenna was a much more likeable character than Rachel- and her backstory was meaty- you could really dig into it!

Rick was a character that you could really pull for- he’s had pain and trauma- and life is not what it used to be. But he’s got a personality that makes you root for him. His partner, though, Bishop- I never quite got all the reason for the tension between them at times- and wonder if Mary was foreshadowing some there.

Here’s the deal: It’s a pretty fast moving storyline once you get past the first 50 or so pages. It’s a good beach/pool read- especially if you like your beach/pool reads to be a bit more on the suspense than the light and fluffy.

If you enjoy police procedural shows like SVU- this book is for you!


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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