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Burn You Twice

(Montana Series #1)

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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,268 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Fire can destroy the past. It can also uncover secrets in this novel of searing suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

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 trauma
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Montlake
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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
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Vickie
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
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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
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Cindy
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.
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Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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,
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Jennifer
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
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Janice
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
Naomi
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cyndi
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.
Tonni Callan
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding!

Another Mary Burton novel that is absolutely outstanding!
Every one of her books I have read have been attention grabbing, and fast paced. UnPutDownAble!!!!
Yashira
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
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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
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Renee
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.
Tammy
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars
Burn You Twice was an enjoyable read but nothing impressive though.
Brit Andrews
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the 7th Mary Burton book I’ve read recently as I felt in the mood for a mystery binge so I’m pretty familiar with her work and it’s rather enjoyable this one though was very predictable I guessed the killer/arsonist basically from the start. However it didn’t make the story less interesting in fact I mostly wondered how this person managed to get away with it and hide what they were doing so long with nobody realizing....

The story goes that Joan and Ann were victims of an arsonist at
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Jennifer
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Burn You Twice by Mary Burton is an intoxicating tale of questions, revenge, and lost opportunities. 
Will Joan figure out what happened in the College Fire, or will the last ten years be worth nothing?
Joan Mason returns to Missoula, Montana. Joan has many reasons for returning, but mostly she wants to know who actually set fire to the house she lived in duri
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Mindo'ermatter
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best Burton Thriller Yet! A Real Page "Burner!"

Set in Missoula Montana, this crime procedural focuses on a suspended Philadelphia detective, Joan Mason, as she returns home to face her past along with some new and unforeseen threats to her and her family. Yikes!

This story focuses on multiple fires and victims, while investigations seek into identify the perpetrators among several possible suspects. Several former friends and relationships add intrigue and interest as the storyline develops.

Havin
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***** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW *****

I've come to notice that some of the narrators chosen for Mary Burton's audiobooks are a miss. Melissa Moran is NOT a miss. In fact, she seriously brought Burn You Twice to life! I enjoyed her soft and even tone that carried through the words. She wasn't monotone but she was ablw to carry a novel with several viewpoints and still make it incredibly successful. I'd be tickled if the audio publishers kept Miss Moran as Mary Burton's narrator for future books. That is ho
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Maggie K
Too short in my opinion and while it was a very interesting read, it didn’t leave me completely satisfied.

Characters held my curiosity and same with the crimes – Arson and murder. And even though it was easy enough to figure out the “whodunit” it didn’t spoil the read, it was that intriguing and in truth I’m more into the process of the investigation and what it unearths on its course and how bits fit together.

Elijah Weston is released from prison after serving 10 years for a college fire. He
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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
Gail Silverman
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burn You Twice

A mystery that not only kept you guessing but I wouldn't of guessed the ending. Ann and Joan were college roommates Ann's brother Gideon and Joan dated for a while and Hudson's best friend Clarke was in love with Ann. Then there was Elijah who also loved Ann and had a child with him. There was a fire set in Ann and Joan's dorm under Joanie window. Ann and Joan made it out alive but Joanie hands were burned badly and scarred. There was a series of fires set in the town which they li
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Trude
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well....Mary Burton does it again!! Burn You Twice starts out with a bang and never lets up!! From page one it's an exciting story about one woman's search for the truth about events from 10 years before when the house she was living in was set on fire and she nearly died. After the fire Joan returned to Philadelphia and became a detective specializing in arson investigation. She's on paid suspension when she learns the man convicted of that fire is released and back in Missoula. She returns to ...more
Trude
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well....Mary Burton does it again!! Burn You Twice starts out with a bang and never lets up!! From page one it's an exciting story about one woman's search for the truth about events from 10 years before when the house she was living in was set on fire and she nearly died. After the fire Joan returned to Philadelphia and became a detective specializing in arson investigation. She's on paid suspension when she learns the man convicted of that fire is released and back in Missoula. She returns to ...more
Jordan
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read!

I love books where I can follow along and try to pick up clues and follow along with the investigators. My guess was right and I figured it out right when Joan was drawing her conclusion. I was pumped too. I had been all the way wrong the last few mysteries.

***SPOILER ALERT!!! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!***




The only thing I didn't like is that it seemed like as soon as Joan started to suspect Clark, the whole thing unraveled too simply. She went into his house and found things that supported
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Cheryl
Knocked this one out of the park. Suspense, thriller, family, fire, mistakes and second chances. I do not know how to do this book justice. It was a one sitting read for me, and oh my word the subtext, the troubled people, both good and bad, the twists the turns and the ending....I did not see that one coming. I hurt for suspended Detective, our troubled Joan, I feel for Gideon and his past, but he needs to step up his game. I am so intrigued with Elijah. The characters were well defined ad rela ...more
Leah Hines
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books by Mary Burton! The story is full of suspense. This one is action packed and full of suspense. The mystery is the main focus with just a dash of a very slow burn romance.
Joan and Ann are survivors of an arsonist. Their past comes back at them when the man convicted is released. Did he do it? I kept asking myself that until the end. Gideon and Joan are grudgingly working together to discover who the new arsonist is while dealing with hurt from their past relationship. Then
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Courtney
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is incredible. When someone is setting fires around small town Missoula, Joan Mason is determined to figure out what is going on. After the fire that almost took Joan and her best friend's Ann's lives, Joan has been literally and figuratively scarred. She leaves town to find a new path in her hometown of Philadelphia, but she is pulled back to Missoula when her arsonist is released. Joan has no idea what she is getting herself into by going back to her old college town. Can she separat ...more
Cheryl
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joan Mason is a homicide detective in Philadelphia. She is on suspension and returns to her college town in Montana when the arsonist who torched her college house is released from prison. Joan could have died. After the fire she left her college love, Gideon Bailey, behind to return to Philadelphia. Gideon is now a detective in Missoula where they went to college raising his ten-year old son. His ex-wife died and he is trying to be the best dad he can. Joan's return brings back a lot of memorie ...more
Amber Boos
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Burton never misses. Seriously. I have read all of her books and keep waiting for a stinker. Hasn't happened yet and certainly not with this latest one! Joan and Ann survived an arson fire in Montana. Joan leaves Montana, moves to Philadelphia and becomes a detective. Years later she returns to Montana after hearing that the man convicted of setting the fire is getting out. Long story short, there are more fires, lots of suspense and romance between Joan and Ann's brother, Gideon. I am not ...more
Lisa Richardson
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burn You Twice is the latest offering by Mary Burton and once again she does not disappoint. Her characters come alive on the pages and she writes some of the most evil villains in romantic suspense today. The romance in this book is fraught with misunderstandings and growing pains but the characters eventually get there. I want to read more of these characters and was pleased to find out there will be a second book in the series due out in the spring. The setting is the Montana college town of ...more
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Mary Burton, whose latest novel is Hide and Seek, 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
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