The Last Move by Mary Burton
Published by Montlake Romance
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Read in: August 2020
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads
Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.
Either Kate made a deadly error, or she’s got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she’d put behind her.
Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren’t just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don’t believe everything you see…- via GoodReads
The Last Move by Mary Burton was an August COYER book club pick. I decided to read it because I really like to participate in the book club discussions. Plus it’s a romantic suspense and those are right up my alley.
I really liked The Last Move! I’ve never read Burton before but it won’t be the last time I read her. The villain is known to the reader and so is the motivation which usually means an uninteresting plot line as there is very little left to discover. Burton managed to give us a fast paced book that left me wanting more of her writing. I also really liked how she ended the book. All the various strings were tied together with this story which made the ending very satisfactory. It also means I’ll be trying more of her books!
Honestly I really wanted to see that this was a series. The story wrapped up nicely but I really wanted more time with Theo and Kate. I really enjoyed the two of them together. Wanting more time with characters even when the case is wrapped up is a pretty good testament to the writing of the characters. Kate is a bit socially stunted. She is fully capable of interacting with people but is too blunt to develop relationships. Theo was not only a good man but a good father. I also thought the villain back story was very well developed.
I went into The Last Move by Mary Burton with zero expectations and I ended up really enjoying it.