Monday, April 22, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Hide and Seek by Mary Burton

I been loving Mary Burton's mysteries, thrilling and suspenseful with a bit of romance. Hide and Seek is my favorite to date, so I'm pleased to share my review, a little background on Macy Crow, our heroine, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card along with a digital copy of Hit and Run!

Publication Date: April 23rd 2019 by Montlake Romance
Pages: 344
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:
She’s hunting. He’s watching.
Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and now she’s gunning for a spot on the FBI’s elite profiling team. As an audition, she offers to investigate the recently discovered bones of Tobi Turner, a high school girl who disappeared fifteen years ago.
While investigating with local sheriff Mike Nevada, a former colleague and onetime lover, Macy discovers a link between Tobi’s case and several others that occurred around the same time as her disappearance. As Macy interviews victims and examines old cases, she uncovers a sinister picture of a stalker who graduated to sexual assault—and then murder.
Macy and Nevada race to put this monster behind bars before he can come out of hiding. But the murderer’s had years to hone his skills, and soon Macy herself becomes a target. She’s no stranger to pain and terror, but will Macy’s first profiling case be her last?

My Thoughts:
Macy is back at the Bureau on desk duty after a hit and run assault almost cost her life, but she’s got a chance at getting back in the field when the bones of a missing teenager, Tobi Turner, who disappeared fifteen years earlier are found and DNA connects the case to other unsolved assaults around the county.  She’s pulled in to connect the dots while working with her former FBI colleague and lover, the newly elected sheriff, Mike Nevada.

There was never a dull moment, especially since the killer is on the hunt and targeting new victims as Mike and Macy race to unmask this villain.  To find Tobi’s killer they must go back to the beginning, interviewing her friends and schoolmates who’ve since grown up.  Macy uses her top-notch instincts along with the FBI’s cutting-edge technology to analyze the evidence, melding good old-fashioned detective work with modern crime fighting tools, and I enjoyed the process.

The romance between Macy and Mike wasn’t the focus for the most part, which made sense given the urgency of the case, but their chemistry was a constant nice buzz in the background.  Macy’s a little unsure of Mike’s feelings since she’s still not at 100% physically since the hit and run, but Mike’s intent was always clear to me, and I knew it was just a matter of time before their feelings turned into more.

I could not put this one down! Hide and Seek was an addictive, fast-paced mystery with a nice bit of romance. Macy Crow was a secondary character in Cut and Run, where her attack occurs, but it’s not necessary to read it before diving into Hide and Seek.  I enjoyed seeing Macy get back on her feet after the assault, never letting self-pity or doubt creep in and cripple her. 

4.5 Suns

Profiling FBI Profiler Macy Crow

Special Agent Macy Crow is 33-years-old and is an accomplished FBI Agent.  She’s worked a series of high profile cases across the United States and isn’t afraid to take chances. When her father was murdered, she headed to Texas to investigate the crime. Following clues left behind by her father, she was closing in on the killer when she became the victim of a hit and run accident.

Most would have died from the injuries Macy sustained or would have been permanently disabled. However, Macy channeled her extreme ability to focus into her recovery. Though her fit muscles have softened during her recovery, she is regaining strength each day and is now laser-focused on returning to the  FBI as a field agent. Before her accident, she had shoulder length blond hair but the brain surgeons who saved her life cut off all her hair. She now proudly sports a pixie cut.  

When Macy returned to Texas, she learned a startling fact about herself. She has an identical twin—medical examiner Dr. Faith McIntyre. Though adopted by different families, the sisters already have a strong connection.  

Macy’s adoptive parents split when she was two and she moved from Texas to Alexandria, Virginia located outside of Washington, D.C. Over the years she remained close with her father and spent many summers with him helping repair old cars on his auto salvage lot. In Alexandria, she and her mother lived in a large apartment complex. When she was young, a neighborhood girl was murdered. That tragedy had a very profound affect on Macy, who discovered she wasn’t afraid of the police and FBI agents swarming the apartment complex. Instead, she was fascinated by their work and not only watched law enforcement in action but also walked the actual crime scene herself in search of clues.

Macy has never been married and has no children. For a long time, she considered herself married to her job and it wasn’t until she met FBI Special Agent Mike Nevada that she reconsidered her single status. However, her accident cut short their romance. Nevada is now the sheriff in a small Virginia town in the Shenandoah Valley. He understands Macy’s need to reclaim the FBI job she has always loved so much. In the last year, he has never forgotten her and is committed to helping regain her old life. When the two are paired on a cold case murder investigation in Nevada’s district, they become an unstoppable team.

Author Biography
New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six romance and suspense novels and five novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

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  1. I've tried this author and liked her in the past. I really need to pick up more of her books, sadly I tend to forget about her for some reason. Glad this was such a great read for you!

  2. I can definitely read this authors books! This is my favorite genre, great review. I am putting this on my wish list.

  3. Oh, this DOES sound good. I love a good romantic story along with my mystery. I am going to have to check this one out.

    Great review!

  4. That sounds pretty good. I love when a book is so addicting that I can't put it down!I usually have to go back and re-read parts of it afterwards!

  5. I've been looking for more of this style story now that I'm waiting for Mercy Kilpatrick and Morgan Dane releases. I'll have to give Macy a try. :)

  6. I have never tried this author, but it sounds good :)

  7. Oh I haven't read this author but your review has me interested!

  8. Hide and Seek sounds like a fast-paced suspenseful read. I love reading about forensics, FBI profiling etc. I’m glad you enjoyed this story so much and can see how the romance needed to be put in the background. Excellent Review Rachel!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  9. I wondered if you could dive in anywhere since her book all seem connected. I have one I was hesitant to read. Lovely review!

  10. I love that mix of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance! :D

  11. I've never read this author, but this one sounds really good!! I do love a good mystery.


  12. That's a gorgeous sunset on the cover, and the story looks like a tense mystery :-)

  13. That's a gorgeous sunset on the cover, and the story looks like a tense mystery :-)
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