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Never Look Back

(Criminal Profiler #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  15,434 ratings  ·  848 reviews
Expect the unexpected in this gritty, tense, and page-turning mystery from New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute. While working the street, she narrowly avoids becoming a serial killer’s latest victim; as much
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published July 1st 2020 by Montlake
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Katie B
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a Mary Burton novel although I have read one of the books she has written using the name, Mary Ellen Taylor. Never Look Back was a solid thriller with an intriguing main character. I didn't realize until after I had finished the book this is part of the Criminal Profiler series, however you can easily read this book as a standalone novel.

Agent Melina Shepard works for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and she goes undercover as a prostitute with the hope she c
Great fast paced mystery with a good deal of suspense. The audio was really good!
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Never Look Back gives us not one, but two crazy storylines involving the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI. Working together, Jerrod Ramsey's and Melina Shepard track down a serial killer that Jerrod has been after for years and a newly discovered killer that leaves behind gruesome trophies.

It may sound like too much for one book, two different serial killers working in the same town, but Ms. Burton weaved these different stories together perfectly and t
Donna Hines
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Two serial killers? Two totally opposite modus of operandi's? Both with eyes for Melina!
Yikes!! On edge thriller here as you'll be taken back to a time when dates involved prostitutes and one thing was on the agenda for the evening.
What's worse is Jerrod has been chasing all of this for years with gruesome results and each killing is getting darker and more disturbing.
Sadly, if something isn't done soon more will die!
It's a quick paced read with twist and turns that are beyond imagination.
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julia ☆ [owls reads]
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, mystery
2 stars.


Never Look Back was... convenient? There were too many coincidences throughout the novel for me to really connect and engaged with the story. It didn't help that was a little lost in the beginning with the way the main plot was set up and presented and it took until about 30% for me to really get a good grasp on what was going on.

The characters were not that well developed? Melina did have a strong voice and distinct personality, and we did learn quite a bit about her as the story pro
Shelleen Toland
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute.
Enter lone wolf FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey. Stonewalled by a lack of leads, he and Melina investigate a scene where a little girl has been found abandoned in a crashed vehicle. They open the trunk to reveal a horror show and quickly realize they’re dealing with two serial killers with very different MOs.
This is the 3rd book of the series but I
Never Look Back was an enjoyable read that features two engaging storylines that converge in an action-packed finale.

After several women go missing, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Melina Shepard goes undercover as a prostitute in the hopes of catching the man responsible. But when she narrowly escapes becoming a victim herself, she quickly uncovers evidence that points to her suspect being a serial killer. In over her head, Melina receives help from FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey to work the c
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Good suspense and so-so romance. It seems that more and more authors who call themselves "Romantic-Suspense" authors are shorting their readers on the Romance part of that label. The plot was fractured and had you going in a couple of different directions. It was interesting how the author chose to resolve it.

Melina Shepard is an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Lori Boyd
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars out of 5.

Third in the Criminal Profiler Series, but the first I’ve read by this author. Started a little slow for me but once it picked up, I flew thru it. Writing style was easy, but for some reason I had a hard time time wrapping my head around following two serial killers...kept trying to make them one in the same.

Melina Shepard is a strong female protagonist with one heck of a backstory. She goes undercover, without approval, and narrowly misses becoming a serial killers next vic
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It's hard to say if Agent Melina Shepard is lucky or unlucky in life.
She's lucky she managed to escape a serial killer's attempt to capture her.
She's unlucky that that serial killer is now obsessed with her.
That turn of events is the focus for the first part of this book. As she teams up with FBI Special Agent Jerrod Ramsey to find this serial killer who preys on prostitutes, torturing and eventually killing them. With Melina's close call, the two get an added jump on the killer.

I love
This is the third book in the 'Criminal Profiler' series by Mary Burton. I really enjoyed the series opener Hide and Seek and this book, Never Look Back was a real humdinger, too!

The action begins immediately when the reader, in a suitably chilling and ominous prologue, is introduced to the unidentified serial killer at work, allowing initial insight into the perpetrator’s mind so they can see their innermost thoughts. In this suspenseful, race-against-time thriller, Agent Melina Shepard, and FB
3.5 stars
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, suspense, mystery
I discovered Mary Burton’s books about a year ago and have been reading/listening my way through her large body of work. She writes thrillers with female main characters and of course there’s always a romance. Romantic suspense used to be my go to and is rapidly making a comeback in my tbr books. The delight for me is any new book by Mary Burton that I can get my hands on!

Melina Shepherd is an agent with the Tennessee Crime Bureau and works to solve murders or find missing people. After putting
Kevin Dowson
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so very nearly a 5 star review.

I haven't read anything by Mary Burton before but she is evidently a very accomplished story-teller with a flair for suspense and procedural detail. This is an excellent tale with not just one but two serial killers being pursued, their cases not exactly intertwined but colliding so that our detective heroes need to find both of them before more lives are lost. Damaged but talented investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (I have no idea if
I think this might be the first Kindle First book that I downloaded and read on the same day. Yay!

While the plot of this story included some really dark and creepy elements, overall I enjoyed it . The MCs were likable, the intertwining plots were interesting, and the identity of one of the killers surprised me. The other killer was, unfortunately, rather underdeveloped, so I docked a star for that. The other star went away when, like always, Ms. Burton ended the story too soon after the MCs got
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
This fast paced book with lots of action kept me completely engaged. I thought it was a good storyline with great characters. I liked the two main characters, Jerrod Ramsey and Melina Shepard, very much. I enjoyed their interactions and the way they worked together.

In this story, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Melina Shephard and FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey are thrown together as they chase what ends up being two serial killers. They have a dangerous venture ahead as they work to find these
Vikki Vaught
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thriller for Mary Burton with intrigue and mystery abounding. Two not one villain with a surprising finish. Happy reading and listening!
Virginia Campbell
"Never Look Back" is Book Three in the "Criminal Profilers Series" from master of contemporary romantic suspense, author Mary Burton. An appropriately creepy prologue gives us a chilling look into the mind of a serial killer--and that's just the beginning of this suspenseful race-against-the-clock thriller in which a Tennessee state investigator and an FBI agent must work together to stop a killing spree and solve a mystery. When women who earn their living by walking the streets of Nashville be ...more
Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
THANK YOU, oh THANK YOU, #AmazonFirstReads for introducing me to the fantastically talented, Mary Burton. This was my first novel by her and I am already researching which books to add to my TBR pile immediately!

It's no secret - I love serial killers. And I love a good book about CREEPY, get under your skin and stay awhile serial killers ... and this hit the nail on the head. What I also loved? This book solved 2 cases in 1 plot ... that were seemingly unrelated, but 100% connected. The main cha
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When several women go missing in Nashville, TBI Agent Melina Shepard heads undercover and almost becomes a victim of a sadistic killer.

Career FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey is on a fast track to DC and the latest serial killer case he’s assigned could be his ticket, but too many things about the investigation don’t add up- and an attraction to his temporary partner, the beautiful Melina Shepard, doesn’t help.

Soon, the two find themselves up against not one, but two vicious predators. What is the connec
Anne - Books of My Heart
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7arcs, coyer, 2020
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Each book in the Criminal Profiler is truly a standalone.  The connection is each one has a criminal profiler as a main character. Oddly, Hide and Seek is more related to the standalone Cut and Run where the main character Macy Crow is introduced, and it should follow that book in reading.

The main character, Melina, i
Ashley Guerrero
I'll begin with the positive, I loved the ending. Melina and Ramsey's connection was compounding and riveting. However, it wasn't until chapter 14 that I began to gain interest in this book. The junkie hooker, white van villain thing has been done so many times I would not have finished this book if it wasn't gifted for reviews. In the end, I am glad I finished the story. I want to know how things end. This book would be intriguing for someone who hasn't read many crime novels with the same stor ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
The issues with the setting of this book ruined it for me. Without them, I likely would have rated it a 4, although the two storylines were largely disconnected until they awkwardly crashed together and connected at the end. It was very disconnected and probably would have read better with one storyline. I'm not sure the second was necessary. Now about the issues...

It's extremely obvious Mary Burton is not familiar with Nashville and picked the location at random. For someone who is not from the
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Criminal profiler for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation while working on a missing person case barely escapes when she is the subject of a kidnapping. This is the beginning of a a case that has become very personal as the kidnapper is intent on being more successful the second time around. There is another case where a young girl is found after a care crash and the driver is nowhere to bew found. This case opens up the profilers past as also an abandoned child and discoveries about her past. ...more
Trish R.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Another good book by Mary Burton. This was about 2 serial killers and Melina and Ramsey had to take care of it. Melina was from Nashville and Ramsey was brought in from Quantico because one of the men he was familiar with. Two totally different killers but sick as hell.

There was fade-to-black sex, and I did like the relationship between Ramsey and Melina. AND the F-bomb was used 13 times.

As to the narration: Let me start by saying I was not going to get this book because of all the bad reviews
Tales Of A Bookbug
I had been waiting for this book for quite a while and it's been so long since I read a good thriller, so I jumped on the chance to request this on Netgalley and read it the same day it was approved!

I love Mary Burton's suspense books because they have the perfect mix of mystery, investigative work and a touch of romance that doesn't overwhelm the main storyline! I kinda went on a mystery binge last year and read all of her books! But the previous installment in the series - I See You was kind o
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Look Back is packed full of action and is fast paced. The characters are well developed and the story-line is solid. This fast paced book with lots of action kept me completely engaged. Mary Burton is a solid writer. The book had a good story-line with great characters. I liked the hero and heroine, Ramsey and Melina, the way they worked and interacted together was very compelling. Having said that, I was a bit disappointed in the ending as it felt…rushed and unfinished? There are some sli ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this story, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Melina Sheppard and FBI Agent Jerrod Ramsey work together to apprehend two serial killers. Multiple women are missing and Melina works the street and nearly becomes one of the killers next victim and realizes she needs backup. Jerrod Ramsey and Melina investigate a crash where a young girl is found abandoned in the vehicle. When they open the trunk, they find evidence of another serial killer with a totally different M.O. Melina is in the si ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jeeves Reads Romance
Heavy and dry

This was... fine. The writing is solid and if you're going into this looking for a thriller/suspenseful read, then you might enjoy it. I found the storyline to be a little stale and predictable, with the except of one good twist. However, this was described to me as romantic suspense, and it is definitely not that. While the two main characters are a male FBI Agent and a female TBI agent who bond over the heaviness of the job, the romantic element is VERY minor and ultimately unfulf
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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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Criminal Profiler (5 books)
  • The Last Move  (Criminal Profiler #1)
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