At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum's past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.
Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley's old flame, is Shield Security's newest member. He's plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark's deadly amusement - and she is his next prey.
As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him - or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?
©2016 Mary Burton (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"Amazing book under $8.00"
Trooper Riley Tatum was once a teenage runaway who was lucky enough to have survived the streets. Twelve years later, she's the first responder at a crime scene where she discovers the body of a young prostitute who looks much like herself at that age. As another connection between herself and the victim comes to light, she realizes there's a madman out there who gets his thrills by betting on the lives of runaway teens... Clay Bowman is a former FBI agent who once worked the case in New Orleans. He now works for a prestigious private security firm and is assigned to assist Riley in the investigation, as well as provide her protection. However, Riley and Bowman have a short history and she wants nothing to do with him. But as 'The Shark' sets up for a rematch with no intention of losing, Clay may be her only chance of walking out of the the poker game with her life.
This was another well written and suspenseful story by Ms. Burton that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was fast paced, flowed well, and held my undivided attention the entire time I spent reading it. I liked Riley and Bowman who were both unique and complex characters. Their personal relationship wasn't developed enough in my opinion though, since Bowman seemed to truly love and never quite get over the death of his wife. As a romance it left much to be desired, but as a mystery it was a highly intriguing and compelling read. There were plenty of twists along the way and although The Shark wasn't who I was expecting, his opponent didn't come as a huge surprise. Still, I found this to be a gripping story and am very much looking forward to Agent Sharp's book next. I also really hope to learn more about Shield Security and what motivates its mysterious and powerful owner.
Christina Traister was outstanding with the delivery of the story
First book I read by this author and it won't be my last. The story moves along pretty well. You don't see what's coming at the end. Listened to it in two days. Truly enjoyed it.
"very good story!"
I definitely enjoyed this audiobook... especially after not being able to finish the last 3 I chose put of boredom. I didn't have that problem with this one though.. exciting for sure, and had likeable characters. I did feel it was a bit predictable in places but overall I would recommend.
"Keeps you entertained"
Story line is predictive although keeps you interested the entire time . The reading of the male voices can sound a bit overdone
Great story and narrator. Gets better and better as the story goes along. Who is he? Keep listening and just about the time you think you know then in pops another suspect. Worth listening to.
Omg - please the voice for Clay Bowman - come on - I want to throw up every time she changed to that voice -worst part of the book - loved his character by that was a hot mess
"Good Story Better to Read Than Listen"
The story is good and suspenseful. The performance is irritating.
Riley's accent was inconsistent and unpleasant. Bowman's voice was a low monotone which was just weird and also hard to hear. The performance was inconsistent to me. All characters had appropriate, believable voices except for the two main characters. Sorry but this did not work for me. I think the producers should have caught the sound problem that the low monotone created.
Definitely! It is a good story with likable characters and creepy villain/s.
Mary Burton keeps things interesting. I will continue to read her books.
"Hope for a sequel BUT...."
I liked the story and the characters became quite likable as well. I hope there is a sequel!
I like the narrator's voice very much, until she reads dialogue. There were times when Riley almost sounded drunk. And Bowman....the "mentally challenged giant" passed thru my head a number of times. I imagine the author didn't intend for the Shark to sound like an elderly woman either. It took a few hours of listening for me to get past these things.
Enjoyed the story even though kind of easy to figure out the villian
The bet "life or death"
Didn't really like it or the performance. The voice was irritating and there were zero surprises.
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