Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 Book 70: The Burnt House

Book #:70

Book Title:The Burnt House

Author:Faye Kellerman


Pub. Date:2007


Started:August 6, 2008
Finished:August 11, 2008

Time to Read:6 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"At 8:15 A.M., a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Among the dead inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage is a mystery. There's no sign of an airline employee whose name was on the passenger list.

L.A.P.D. Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina, are profoundly shaken by this terrible "accident" that has occurred frighteningly close to their daughter's school. And an irate call from the unaccounted-for flight attendant's stepfather further tangles an already twisted mystery. The man insists twenty-eight-year-old Roseanne Dresden was never on the doomed flight, but was probably murdered by her abusive, unfaithful husband - a revelation that propels Decker down a path of tragic history and deadly lies toward an unimaginable evil that will challenge his and Rina's cherished beliefs about guilt and innocence and justice."

Review:I've been waiting a long time for a new Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus novel...and here it is. Unfortunately, I have to tell you that while I enjoyed this novel, I didn't find it to be on par with Kellerman's past editions. The underlying story became a bit much versus the main mystery of the story...and we didn't see nearly enough of the family. We did, however, see a mystery unfold in a very intriguing manner and got reintroduced to so many lovable characters. If you've followed Kellerman in the past, she's back and in good form...but when she offers her next edition, I'm hoping for a bit more out of the office stories to balance out her expertly written police drama.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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