Friday, November 21, 2008

Review: Dead Ringer by Mary Burton

Dead Ringer
Dead Ringer
Author: Mary Burton
Publisher: Zebra (Nov. 1, 2008)
Paperback, $6.99
ISBN-10: 1420100270
ISBN-13: 978-1420100273

Reporter Kendall Shaw nearly died at the hands of a serial killer last summer. Since returning to work, she’s done her reporting from the safety of the anchor’s desk. But when a young woman is found strangled by the James River, Kendall feels compelled to cover the story. She wants to prove that she can handle the tough stories – not only to herself, but also to her demanding boss and former boyfriend, Brett.

Homicide detective Jacob Warrington and his partner Zack Kier have little to go on at the murder scene. The killer left no physical evidence and the only clue they have is a small gold charm engraved with the name ‘Ruth’, which is not the name of the victim.

When more victims are discovered, each with a gold charm of their own, an unsettling pattern emerges. Each victim was killed in the same manner, and they all bear an uncanny resemblance to Kendall Shaw. As Jacob tries to keep Kendall from becoming the next victim, he finds himself fighting a growing attraction to her.

Does the killer have his sights set on Kendall? And could a mystery from her past be the key to solving the crime?

While I enjoyed Dead Ringer, I felt two of the subplots should have been more fully developed. One promising subplot with Kendall’s boss Brett saw no real resolution. Another subplot, this time involving Kendall’s roommate Nicole and one of her photography clients, was more fleshed out, but it didn’t feel believable to me. However, Dead Ringer offered up some great twists, an interesting protagonist, and a terrifying killer. These three elements made it a difficult book to put down.

Rating: 6/10.

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  1. I have a Mary Burton book in my TBR pile. I've really been looking forward to getting to it.

  2. Can't say I am familiar with this author. But I really dislike it in a book, especially a mystery, when there are subplots left unresolved. Another case when the editor with the big red pen should have maybe snipped those loose threads out of there...

  3. Cait, I'm hoping that the storyline with Brett was left open so it could be explored further in another would definitely set up an interesting storyline. But on its own, it didn't work for me.

    J. Kaye, I really want to read I'm Watching You after reading this one.

  4. Oh! WOW! This would make a wonderful Movie right?@ I would love to read this one!

  5. Veens, You're right, this would make a great film!

  6. Sounds like a good one! I've got I'm Watching you on my list!

  7. Sounds like a really great book. I'll have to check it out.

    Morgan Mandel