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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Book Review: Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Pocket/Gallery Threshold Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since we talked about angels earlier today, ,it's only appropriate to share about this book today too!

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From the  New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club pick Back Roads comes this fast-paced literary thriller about a small town police chief who’s forced to dig into her own shadowy past as she investigates the murder of a teenage girl.

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.


WOW once again Tawni delivers a 'you can't put it down' story! If I had been able, I would have finished this book in one sitting, as I couldn't wait to see who was the real killer, and what the fall out into Dove's personal life was going to be. But be prepared- when you finish the book, you will immediately want to start reading book 2, that picks up where this book leaves off- you'll want to to know how Dove will deal with her world being put upside down in so many ways, and if her mother's accused killer will follow through in his threats. unfortunately Tawni hasn't said whether she will be writing one (ARGH, the horror!). Dove is so flawed, yet so likable (seriously, I called 2 friends when I finished the book and said-you have to read this book, Dove is YOU!), and so realistic, that you want more of her. I'd also love a prequel to this book, sharing about her early days as a trooper, and what brought her to being a police officer and then chief instead. If you love police procedurals and great mysteries, you'll adore this book, so do NOT miss it! 

About the Author:

Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels including Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Back Roads is currently in development to be made into a film by Michael Ohoven, the producer of the Academy-Award-winning, Capote. She is also a contributor to several anthologies including Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female. Her works have been published in over 40 countries.

Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania with her two children. For more info, check out her website!

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