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Burn You Twice by Mary Burton
Narrator: Melissa Moran
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 29, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 8 hours, 56 minutes
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 tells Joan he’ll strike again. To stop him, she must return to the past as well. To face not only the man she fears but Detective Gideon Bailey, too. The man she loved and left behind.
When a local woman dies tragically in another fire, it can’t be a coincidence. Can it be Elijah? He has a solid alibi for the night of the blaze. Reunited by the tragedy, Joan and Gideon have their doubts. So does Gideon’s sister, Ann—Joan’s old college roommate.
The investigation draws Joan and Gideon together, but it also sends them down a dangerous path—into a troubling history that Joan, Elijah, and Ann all share. As more lives go up in flames in Missoula, this town’s secrets are just beginning to rise from the ashes.
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, Elijah, and her old boyfriend, Gideon.
There is a new fire right after she, and Elijah, arrive in town. Gideon and Joan, both police detectives start researching the fire. There are some other fires and a variety of diverse evidence. Gideon and Joan each have different perspectives which makes the investigation fascinating. Joan has the advantage of looking at things with a fresh view having been out of the town for 10 years. She also has some big city arson case experience.
I worried some for both Joan and Ann as possible targets of the arsonist. They each took some chances with being independent. They both have some issues from the college days fire to work through.
Joan and Gideon still have feelings for each other. I was happy to see them working together without romance becoming the focus of Burn You Twice. I wonder if there will be another book because there is still something happening in town.
This narrator was new to me and she had some words she enunciated very distinctly, like beauty. That caused a tiny disruption in listening. Her male and female voices were comfortable, though. I did end up listening at 1.25x speed, which is a little slower than normal.
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