Feb 2, 2016

Book Review: Angels Burning

On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.

When a girl is beaten to death, her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the worst crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a daughter of the Truly family, a notoriously irascible dynasty of rednecks and petty criminals.

During her investigation, the man convicted of killing Dove’s mother years earlier is released from prison. Still proclaiming his innocence, he approaches Dove with a startling accusation and a chilling threat that forces her to face the parallels between her own family’s trauma and that of the Trulys.

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 What a great book!  Full of unforgettable characters and plot twists that come at you from unexpected directions, BURNING ANGELS is truly a great book.  

Every small town has that family that everyone knows is trouble but yet even those families have exceptions to the rule.  Camio Truly appears to the that exception in the Truly family; good student, a boyfriend from a 'good' family, and the drive to succeed.  So why did someone kill her?  It's Dove Carnahan's job to find out.  And Dove is good at her job.

Dove is another one that overcame the handicap of her background.  Her mother was known for having a lot of different men and was killed when Dove was just a teenager.  Through hard work, Dove has become the Police Cheif of her town which in her mind is actually being a glorified baby sitter to the residents.  She wasn't ready for a homicide there of a young girl and really wasn't ready for the memories that it brought back of her own childhood and mother.

This story is chilling and has some unexpected turns but what really caused me to enjoy this book were the cast of characters.  Dove herself is a really strong woman but she has her issues which seem to multiply as her case brings back some not so happy memories.  Neely, Dove's sister, is the character that I really relate too because she cares a lot more for dogs then humans.  There is also Nolan who heads the CID department with the state.  And there is the Truly family of which there are quite  a few.

I highly recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoys a thriller that digs a bit deeper into the motivations of the characters.  BURNING ANGELS is one of those books that will stay with you and have you searching out Ms. O'Dell's backlist of books.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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