by Mary Burton
Published March 29th 2016 by Pinnacle
Synopsis: Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.
What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.
Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…
My Review: Vulnerable is the fourth book in the Morgans of Nashville series by Mary Burton, but the first one that I have read. I did not have a problem following the story and this book can definitely be read as a standalone novel, but I will go back and read the rest. After quickly perusing them, they will tell the stories of Georgia’s three brothers.
Five years ago three teenagers went into the woods to work on a school project. When the they didn’t return home there was a massive search which found only one of them. Amber Ryder was located at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, serious head trauma causing a grade three concussion and amnesia. The last thing she remembers happened three days prior to entering the woods. Many in the town did not believe her and the father of one of the victims was sure she had killed him. She left town and headed to Dallas Texas where she was living and working when she was contacted by Georgia Morgan. Georgia has reopened the cold case determined to find out what happened to the two missing teens. When the body of a young girl is found by a hiker and his dog in a small cave in the woods, Georgia makes gruesome discovery at the site. Sealed in a back area of the cave she finds the missing remains of the case she had just opened. The killer has returned.
Georgia is teamed up with Homicide Detective Jake Bishop to untangle the clues and put the killer behind bars once and for all. Jake is know as a bit of a houndog, and Georgia has no intention of becoming another notch on his bedpost. The banter between the two of them is refreshing and it does not take the reader long to figure out where this is heading. This the romance in the “romantic suspense label”, however it is not a huge part of the book. I enjoyed getting to know these two characters. The author gave a lot of information and their backstories which made me like them very much. Georgia is a bit of a soft touch. Having been rescued as a young child herself, she fights for the underdog, which might just put her in harms way. Jake is the skeptic. He trusts his gut feelings and wants to protect Georgia as well as solve this case.
This book is full of twists and turns that are sure to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I read this book in two days because I wanted to see what happened next. I will say that I did figure out who the mastermind was, but the ending still surprised me. Overall, this book was a great thriller that I certainly recommend. Now off to find out what the story is with the rest of the Morgan family. Thank you to Kensington for generously providing me with a copy of this book to read.