Book Review: I See You by Mary Burton

About the BookISeeYou

Title: I See You

Author: Mary Burton

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Montlake


FBI special agent Zoe Spencer uses skeletal remains to recreate the faces of murder victims through sculpture. Though highly scientific, the process is also sensitive and intimate; she becomes attached to the individuals she identifies, desperate to find justice for each.

As Zoe examines old remains, she sees a teenage girl looking back at her—the victim in a cold case from over a decade ago. Zoe wants nothing more than to tell this young woman’s story and to bring her killer to justice.

Zoe’s case leads her to the victim’s hometown and to homicide detective William Vaughan, Zoe’s on-again, off-again lover. As the two become more involved in the case, they quickly realize that it isn’t as cold as they first believed: someone’s still out there hunting women. And with more women gone missing, time’s running out. Can they work together and stop this madman before he kills again?

My Review

This was such an interesting read. I am a romance reader, under (almost) any forms. If you have a book that is mixing a little bit of something with a little bit of Romance, I’m sold! Mary Burton gives us an interesting case, with interesting characters and a creepy atmosphere, with “creepy” being used in a positive way, if that makes sense.

 “I See You” is a thriller, bringing us forward a case from long time ago. This case resurfaces when someone sends a tip to a blogger about some remains being hidden in a specific place. Detective William Vaughan and FBI agent Zoe Spencer come together to solve a murder that seems more complex than any could have imagined. When the victim’s family not as willing to help as they were expecting, the two main characters will have a difficult time identifying the killer.


I was intrigued by the plot and I got quickly into the story. Zoe is a profiler, so I was anxious to discover this side of the story. Her relationship with Vaughan is complicated a little. I felt the indecision in both at the beginning and, besides finding out who did it, I was also curious to see if and how will they solve their differences. I believe the author did a great job with the atmosphere and with all the clues we have here and there. It’s no surprise I went through it quickly.

Now, there are some things that made me not give a full rating. One is my expectation to see more profiling from Zoe. I love this job and, when I was little, I wanted to become one. I wanted to find my childhood wish in Zoe much more and to see how she excels at what she’s doing. There are also some items which I believe were a bit rushed (especially in regard to the reveal of the killer and the reasons) and other items that could have been better developed (for example the relationship between the murders).

But with all my comments, I did enjoy my time with the story and, if you enjoy thrillers, with a dose of romance, this may be the book for you. With detectives, profilers, killers and secrets, “I see You” truly delivers the proper atmosphere. I’m awarding 3.5 stars, rounded to 4, with my intention to follow up on the series and the author soon 😊 Happy Reading!


Author BiographyMaryBurton

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the popular author of thirty-five romance and suspense novels as well as five novellas. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds. Visit her at

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