Burn You Twice by Mary Burton

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

Burn You Twice

Summary: Fire can destroy the past. It can also uncover secrets in this novel of searing suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

Ten years ago as an undergrad, Joan Mason escaped an arsonist’s fire. Shaken, she fled the small collegiate Montana town, leaving behind friends and not looking back. Now a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan’s trying to put her traumas to rest. It’s not easy. Elijah Weston, the classmate who torched her house, is out of prison and returning to Missoula. Gut instinct tells Joan he’ll strike again. To stop him, she must return to the past as well. To face not only the man she fears but Detective Gideon Bailey, too. The man she loved and left behind.

When a local woman dies tragically in another fire, it can’t be a coincidence. Can it be Elijah? He has a solid alibi for the night of the blaze. Reunited by the tragedy, Joan and Gideon have their doubts. So does Gideon’s sister, Ann—Joan’s old college roommate.

The investigation draws Joan and Gideon together, but it also sends them down a dangerous path—into a troubling history that Joan, Elijah, and Ann all share. As more lives go up in flames in Missoula, this town’s secrets are just beginning to rise from the ashes.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I’ve read a few of Mary Burton’s books and some I’ve enjoyed, some I’ve enjoyed not so much. This one was just ok. 


What I Liked:

The cover is def eye-catching.

The friendship between Joan and Ann. 

The notes from the arsonist. I liked getting a peek into the mind. 


Bottom line: I found myself skim reading at times because this book was a tad bit longer than it should be- a good plot, but it just didn’t completely work for me. 


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T




5 thoughts on “Burn You Twice by Mary Burton

  1. Teresa Santa Rosa says:

    The first time this author came on my radar was 2020. I enjoyed this book and will definitely check out other books by this author. Have you read any other books by this author?

  2. Teresa Santa Rosa says:

    This author came on my radar last year. This was one of the first books I’ve read by her. It’s pretty good. Have you read any other books by this author?

    • I liked her Morgan siblings books better- they are set in Nashville. It’s 3 of them and one of them is called Close Your Eyes ( I think). I forget the other names. They are like SVU meets Nashville.

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