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Burn You Twice

(Montana Series #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  7,374 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Ten years ago as an undergrad, Joan Mason escaped an arsonist’s fire. Shaken, she fled the small collegiate Montana town, leaving behind friends and not looking back. Now a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan’s trying to put her traumas to rest. It’s not easy. Elijah Weston, the classmate who torched her house, is out of prison and returning to Missoula. Gut instinct tel ...more
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Published September 29th 2020 by Montlake
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Aug 01, 2021 rated it liked it
romantic suspense is such a niche genre, i feel like. so not only is it difficult to find a book that falls under the category, but to find a book that fits the bill AND is actually good.

the story has to have the right balance between romance and suspense, with a convincing connection between the characters, as well as a thrilling plot. by combining two genres, i feel like twice as much is required to make it a well-written book and a story worth reading. its been a lot of trial and error findi
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I think by now it is no surprise that I love Mary Burton's books and I'm a huge fan of hers. Her stories never fail to deliver the best intrigue, passion, and mystery. Burn You Twice was just as amazing as I was expecting and I was captivated by the very start of this story. I actually guessed pretty early into the book at what would be revealed by the end but I still didn't lose any of the suspense. That's one of the things I love about Ms. Burton's stories, no ma
3.5 Stars, rounded up.

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A decade ago, while Joan was in her final year of college in Montana, a fire burned down the house she’d been living in with her best friend, nearly killing them both. Joan is now a detective in Philadelphia but when she hears the news that the convicted arsonist is being released, she returns to Missoula for the first time since that night.

Get ready for even more fires, mystery, suspense, unexpected twists, and romance
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I thought that Mary Burton couldn’t get any better with her suspense thrillers, she proved me wrong by writing this book. It was a total thrill ride from the beginning to the satisfying conclusion! It includes a cast of characters that are a motley crew of suspects for current fires in the college town of Missoula, Montana. Joan Mason has left behind her job as a homicide detective in Philadelphia to return to Missoula when arsonist Elijah Weston is released from prison. Joan is determ ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a C+ for narration and a B for content at AudioGals

I’ve read and listened to a number of Mary Burton’s romantic suspense titles, and have enjoyed their well-constructed plots, engaging characters and atmospheric writing. Burn You Twice is a standalone story, a gripping mystery with a bit of psychological suspense thrown in as listeners follow detective Joan Mason as she tries to find out the truth behind the arson attack that almost killed her and her best friend a decade earlier
Ten years ago, Joan Mason and her roommate survived an arson fire on their rented home. Their classmate, Elijah Weston, was arrested and convicted of the crime. When Joan learns that Elijah has recently been released from prison, she plans a trip to Montana to confront Elijah who has always sworn that he was innocent. Joan has just arrived in Montana and is staying with her former roommate Ann Bailey, when a new arson fire burns down a local business. When a body is found in the destruction, Det ...more
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This was a very enjoyable police procedural sort of story around arsons.  Joan is on leave from her job in Philadelphia and goes out to Montana where she attended college.  She left after a fire and the convicted arsonist, Elijah,  is getting out of prison now.  She learns a lot of interesting things about her old roommate, Ann,
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

Oooooh, I love a good mystery! Especially in the month of October. Spooky season is halfway through and it would not be complete without the incomparable Mary Burton. Released back in September, Burn You Twice brings Joan Mason back to her small Montana town. Time has passed and the person she is now will help solve not only a current case but possibly traumas from her past.

Burn You Twice is a thrilling suspense novel sure to set the reader's imagination on fire! Perfect for keeping you warm as
Good except for the fact that the "bad guy" was completely obvious from the moment you were introduced to the person. ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Burn You Twice was a fast-paced read with a suspenseful and intriguing plot about the past coming back to haunt you.

Ten years ago Joan Mason barely escaped an arsonist's fire with her life, fleeing the small Montana town she called home and never looking back. Now a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan learns the man who set fire to her home has been released from prison and has returned to Missoula. Knowing Elijah Weston will strike again, Joan returns to Montana to stop him forcing her to con
10.1.20- ETA a detail I forgot. :)

What worked for me:
1) The engaging storytelling style of Mary Burton.
2) The mystery was solid and the suspense was thrilling without giving me nightmares.
3) A heroine who isn't a puddle of hormonal goo around her ex.
4) There was no intimate scenes which I really appreciate.

What didn't work for me:
1) I'd forgotten that I need to stop reading this author's book hoping for a good romance. This was not good at all. I don't know why the heroine decided to give the h
Elsie Broadbent
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slight change of direction for Mary Burton. This time the story is about arson, death and the twisted mind of the person who sets the fires and their glee as the fire takes on a life of its own.
Joan Mason, Philadelphia Detective, is suspended from duty for her mishandling of a case. At the same time she receives word that Elijah Weston, a convicted arsonist who was jailed for 10 years for setting fire to the house where Joan and her best friend Ann were sleeping, is being released. Joan reluct
Great mystery/suspense, with an awesome romance woven in!! I figured out the villain pretty early but it was still fun to see how it all unraveled.
Oct 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. The mystery part of this one was interesting enough but I feel like the author tried to tie up a romantic happily ever after at the end way too quickly. It felt inauthentic and kinda soured the whole book for me. I'm good with romantic suspense but the romance here just really felt like an afterthought and it wasn't necessary in the first place. ...more
Virginia Campbell
"Burn You Twice" is a compelling read from a master of suspense--author Mary Burton. Readers are taken on an involving thrill ride as this well-paced story grabs hold and doesn't let go--even after the last page is turned. After surviving an arson fire which nearly took her life and the life of her college roommate, Ann, Joan Mason had left Missoula, Montana behind. Ten years later, while working as a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan receives word that Elijah Weston, the man convicted of se ...more
Hmm... I have mixed feelings for this one. When I read the synopsis I did not hesitate to get the audiobook but it wasn’t as suspenseful as I expected it to be. There were moments where I would find myself dazing out because of how slow scenes were moving and sometimes I thought the book was going to take a different direction.

I did rather enjoy how certain facts were dropped out of nowhere for the element of shock. And I also appreciate the “confessions of an arsonist” scenes. Those were some
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scorching suspense with a side of psychological thriller. Fire is front and center in this book. From how it effects the survivors, to those it kills and how the arsonist mind is obsessed with it. This was a captivating read that is so much more than just a suspense novel.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery was really good and I like Joan- she is a strong lady. Gideon was ok, but I really didn’t like their past together.
Beth Solana
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please tell me

Please Amazon, tell me how to get this stupid thing to exit a book without forcing me to write a review
It was ok. The characters kind of lacked depth. Their interactions, feelings and trauma seemed perfunctory. But it was enjoyable.
julia ☆ [owls reads]
4 stars!


"Long time no see. Sorry it took me so long."

Burn You Twice was an interesting read! The beginning packed quite a punch and set the tone for the rest of the story. I'd never read a mystery novel where fires were the central point of the plot, but I quite liked how Burton used them to set things in motion.

Joan and Gideon were complex and intriguing characters. I loved that they had a previous personal connection and how that affected their interactions and the rest of the
Andrea Corley
This book was a scorching' hot ON FIRE read for me!!! I have really enjoyed every book of Mary Burton's that I have read and Burn You Twice was no exception!

Boy fire did seem to gravitate toward the main character Joan. Fire is the subject that is front and center throughout this entire book, from the affects the fire has on it's victims (LASTING, LIFELONG), to the way it grabs and captures the arsonists, to the way it affects the community.

THAT ENDING....I never saw that coming. The whodunit, a
Received an ARC of book in exchange for an honest review. This author of one of my favorites. Detective Joan Mason goes back to Montana and the friends she left behind, 10 years ago after the College Fire which almost took her and Ann Bailey's lives. The arsonist, Elijah Weston, has always proclaimed his innocence even tough traces of his DNA was found at the scene of the arson. Ann is currently separated from Clarke, her firefighter husband and is staying at her parents' ranch with their son Na ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: Melissa Moran

I went in with low expecations after reading Jennifer's review but turns out the things that bothered her didn't bother me.

I liked that the romance was firmly in the background and the focus remained on the murder mystery and suspense at all times. Though the book ends with an HFN for Joan and Gideon, I never had to deal with the couple's hormones or UST. The suspense/mystery thread was engaging, as was Elijah, the man believed to be b
Lindsey Ruppe
Jan 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a fan of Burton for many years. Love the mix of romance and suspense she adds. Has the perfect flair. This one I pegged the villain pretty early on but I always enjoy when I sleuth it myself. Loved reading about fires and Joan and Ann’s decades’ long friendship and the rekindled romance of Joan and Gideon.
Tonni Callan
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another Mary Burton novel that is absolutely outstanding!
Every one of her books I have read have been attention grabbing, and fast paced. UnPutDownAble!!!!
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You get inside the mind of an arsonist , fascinating ….
Loved the characters and a real twist you didn’t see coming!
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Get ready because things are about to get heated. Burn You Twice takes you down a dark and twisty road in search of a different kind of killer. One that enjoys playing with fire and playing with your life. I was literally biting my nails reading this book. It was so good!! The suspense is high and keeps you reading.

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
The Humble Jess
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was NOT prepared for that ending....

Wow. 5 stars all around. I was not expecting that ending at all. This book seriously had me guessing from start to finish. Excellent reading. Well done.
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Mary Burton, whose latest novel is NEAR YOU, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and

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