As soon as Adrianna Barrington removes
the familial graves from the Thorton estate, she can sell
the property and for the first time in her life, be free of
the Thortons. Adrianna’s deceased husband Craig was a
spoiled wealthy man who never appreciated what he had with
Adrianna so she left him and had a brief affair with
Detective Gage Hudson. However, Gage’s career and Craig’s
dominating family ended it. Years later, questions circle
around Craig. What kind of man was he really? And why are
some of the women from his past missing? When the graves are
dug up, bodies are found and all signs point to Craig,
again. Adrianna is stuck in the middle trying to find the
truth while preserving the good name of the Thorton’s and
helping Gage find a killer.
A cast of compelling characters light
the stage for a stellar romantic suspense with Dying
Scream. Gage and Adrianna’s relationship is
tumultuous and angst-filled and the suspense of discovering
the killer’s identity is a true mystery until the very end.
Gage’s sister’s abduction changed him. His sole focus became
protecting others, leaving little room for anything or
anyone else. Adrianna’s past is full of secrets and
uncertainty. Her vulnerability and sadness is well hidden.
Gage and Adrianna’s first go round was almost doomed from
the start. Their second chance is long in the making and
even more meaningful. Neither Gage and Adrianna’s romance
nor the mystery surrounding the killer’s motives is
contrived or forced. I was guessing until the very end. I
was as riveted to the story of secondary characters Alex and
Tess, as I was to Gage and Adrianna. There is amazing
characterization across the board in Dying Scream.
The plot and characters are well thought out. I was
thoroughly impressed with Dying Scream. I plan to read
Kendall and Warwick’s story in Dead Ringer while
waiting for Mary Burton’s next novel.