Thursday, September 7, 2023

Book Review for The House Beyond the Dunes by Mary Burton

 The House Beyond the Dunes by Mary Burton

 Publication September 5, 2023 by Montlake

Genre:  Mystery Thriller


Taken from Goodreads:  A tragic accident or something more sinister? A woman’s buried memories put her life at risk in a novel of shattering psychological suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

Lane McCord wakes up in a hospital having survived a near-fatal fall at a North Carolina beach cottage. Her boyfriend, Kyle, wasn’t so lucky. A senseless tragedy on their first romantic getaway. All Lane remembers is lying at the bottom of the stairs in Kyle’s pooling blood.

Confused and grieving, Lane plans to return to the cottage, collect her personal belongings, and get out. Until a winter rainstorm leaves her stranded and vulnerable, but not alone. A concerned neighbor, who claims he heard a violent argument before the accident, has come out of the storm. So has a suspicious detective on the trail of a missing woman, whose diary deepens the mystery—and raises more questions that fill Lane with dread.

How well did she know Kyle? How well does she know herself? What really happened at the cottage on the beach? And when the answers come, who can Lane trust to get out of this waking nightmare alive?


My Thoughts:   Mary Burton has cemented herself as a must-read mystery thriller author.   From the very first page I had questions and knew that there were twists and turns on the way.  The House Beyond the Dunes is a slow build that would lead me in one direction and then BAM! I was heading in a different direction.

 Lane McCord goes on a getaway with her new boyfriend Kyle and they both end up at the bottom of the stairs an hour into the getaway.    That is only the start of the book.  From there Lane returns to the house and finds so much more than what she is looking for.  She starts getting mysterious texts with pages of a missing girl’s diary in it, which only add more to the mystery of what happened to Kyle and the missing girls.

 If you are looking for a book full of twists and turns, this is the book for you.   With each thing I learned about Kyle, the more I really did not know.  

 Thank you Mary Burton for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet Mary Burton (taken from her website):  
Mary Burton loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedures, 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. When it comes to research, she’s known for taking a hands-on approach, whether it means interviewing professionals, attending forensic seminars or studying evidence collection and analysis.

Mary is routinely featured among the top ten writers in Amazon’s Author Rankings for suspense, romantic suspense and thrillers. Her recent titles The House Beyond the DunesThe Lies I Told, Don’t Look NowNear YouNever Look Back consistently rank high on the Kindle eBooks Store Bestseller List. She is a 2019 Montlake Romance Diamond Award winner signifying she’s reached one million readers.


Formerly a Richmond, Virginia native, Mary now resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Virginia’s Hollins University, and she worked in marketing before her first book was published in 2000. Today she’s the author of thirty-nine published novels and five novellas as Mary Burton and ten works of contemporary fiction as Mary Ellen Taylor, including When the Rain EndsThe Brighter the LightThe Words We Whisper and Honeysuckle Season.


She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Novelists, Inc. When not on the road for research or visits with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying their empty nest and spoiling their four-legged babies Buddy and Tiki.








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