Riley Tatum past is coming back to haunt her, as a teenager she was a runaway and found herself waking up on a bus not having any memory of what had happened to her the week before after being drugged. Other than playing cards in her pocket and a few strange dreams Riley had no clue of what had happened to her during the missing time.
After the incident Riley found a bit of help in her life and finished school and went on to become a state trooper. Now Riley finds herself investigating the murder of another young teenage runaway and the case hits a little too close to home when there are playing cards found with the victim.
The Shark is the second book I’ve read by Mary Burton and have found myself really enjoying her writing style and the cases involved. However with The Shark I didn’t quite like the wrap up to the case quite as much so I’ve decided to give it 3.5 stars. Still a great read I just find myself flying through the pages and completely engaged in finding out all the details in the case.
As usual the characters in this read were likable. Riley was a strong lead that had brought herself out of a horrible life and now fights to help other girls that are now in a tough situation like she herself had faced. There is a tough of a romantic connection between Riley and Clay Bowman which follows the formula of a Mary Burton read, it’s not overpowering and only touched upon while most of the read focuses on the investigation.
As far as the investigation is concerned, again the case involved is one that seems meant to shock the reader, a serial killer that kills based on betting on games of cards. I think that’s one thing I enjoy with the books I’ve read is the situations just seem so twisted to think of existing.
Overall, 3.5 stars for The Shark. Found this one a to have a tad bit less exciting of a wrap up to the case but still a good read overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.