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Angels Burning

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,699 ratings  ·  351 reviews
“Compelling, fast-paced.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Stellar.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A page-turner.” —Kirkus Reviews

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
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Published January 5th 2016 by Gallery Books
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Pat Padden None of it has to do with the author or the story. It's publicity. It's what her publisher's marketers have decided will sell the book. Ms. O'Dell pro…moreNone of it has to do with the author or the story. It's publicity. It's what her publisher's marketers have decided will sell the book. Ms. O'Dell probably had a working title that was nothing remotely like the title on the book cover.
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!

This was the first my first read from Tawni O'Dell, but I doubt that it will be the last.

"Angels Burning" opens with the horrifying discovery of the body of a 16-year-old girl. The murdered girl, Camio Truly a member of the notorious and extremely dysfunctional Truly family that resides in the small Pennsylvania town. Police Chief Dove Carnahan, who has lived in the same small town for 50 years is determined find who killed Camio and why.

Dove and her team are investigating the case w
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I seem to be gravitating to thrillers lately - I'm sure there's a psychological message in there.
This story starts off with a brutally murdered teen in a small hick town in Pennsylvania, where everyone knows everyone and no family secrets are sacred. At the head of the investigation is Chief Dove Carnahan and as she attempts to solve the crime, other memories are drudged up and threaten her own equilibrium.
It started off as a meh read. It was a quick page turner with likeable characters but didn
Theresa Alan
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this literary mystery because all of the characters have complicated, messy backgrounds that are revealed slowly over the course of the book, including the victim, Camio Truly, and the chief of the small rural town, Dove Carnahan.

Camio’s body is found bludgeoned and burned. It’s the worst murder in the town since Chief Carnahan’s mother was found dead thirty-five years earlier. Camio comes from a family in which addiction, petty crime, and hatred for everyone that’s not family r
Diane S ☔
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this author when I read her BACK Roads and that hasn't changed. Although this starts with a murder, who killed a young sixteen year old girl, I can't really say this is just a mystery. This author's strength is in her brilliant portrayal of troubled families, people with less than idea pasts, very much character driven novels.

Dove is the sheriff in this Pennsylvania town, she is unorthodox and downright amusing at times. She and her sister carry a big secret which threatens t
O’Dell Coal continues her tradition of morality tales among dysfunctional families in the coal mining communities of Appalachian Pennsylvania, but here moves into the genre of the police procedural. Our hero is a tough, 50-something female municipal police chief, Dove, who is a loner with a grown daughter and a debilitated mother. The body of a teenaged girl has shown up half-burned in a chasm where underground coal fires have been smoldering for years. Dove has to world with an old friend, ment ...more
3.5 Stars

ANGELS BURNING is a multi-layered mystery with more than one gruesome murder, disturbing and shocking secrets, and a "Truly" dysfunctional family from hell.

Chief of Police Dove Callahan has her hands full with the investigation, a missing brother, an x-con out to get her (and her family) and a disastrous shooting, all while dealing with a questionable relationship with Detective "super-hero" Nolan of the state police.

I admit to wavering a bit between 3 & 4 Stars on this one, but in the

Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
What a pleasant surprise this turned out to be!

Angels Burning opens at the scene of a brutal murder of a young local teen. Chief Dove Carnahan, who has lived in this small town her entire life, is on the case and determined to find justice for Camio Truly. But Dove has secrets of her own, and the further she digs into Camio's murder, the more ghosts and skeletons come out of her closet. Can she solve this crime and remain intact?

While this is a solid murder mystery with a great team of investiga
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dove has gone from a poor orphan girl raised by her grandmother to being chief of police in a small PA backwater. Her estranged brother has shown up with a nine year old son no one knew about. Dove is an attractive fifty, and her self-deprecating humor kept me laughing, while at the same time a very gruesome murder has occurred which Dove and the state police are investigating.

I stand in front of my bathroom mirror examining my Morning Old Face, or MOF as I've come to think of it. It's a syndrom
Angel Burning by Tawny O’Dell is a 2016 Gallery Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read at least one other book by this author, and was pretty impressed. I had no idea how this story would be presented, but I was certain it wouldn’t be the usual crime novel. I was not disappointed!

Set in rural Pennsylvania, this story centers around Chief Dove Carnahan, a middle aged woman coping with dark family secrets,
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This is a fantastic read! There was nothing about this book that I did not like and it's been added to my favourites list. 2016 is kicking off with some really great books so far. This is my second novel I have read by Tawni O'Dell and this one shone for me much brighter than the last. I found the writing to outstanding, the plot is taut and intriguing and the characters memorable with each of them standing out on their own merits.

On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who wo
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Sometimes a book really falls into the mystery category more than any other, but Angels Burning falls much more into the fiction genre, or more precisely contemporary fiction. It is also very humorous, literally laugh out loud comical. I loved her previous book, Back Roads, there was so much depth of character building of the lives of some very poor and unfortunate people. Well, she does it again in Angels Burning but goes so much further by integrating a family that grew up in poverty and negle ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
You must read this - already earmarked for a place in my Best of 2016 reads.

My View:
“We are what we know. Not what the world tells us we should be. Not even what our own heart wants us to be.”

Let’s just cut to the chase - after reading this book I already know this is going to be on my “Top Reads of 2016” list! Yes it is that good!
This is a very deceptive narrative – the outward appearance, the style is relaxed, personal and the brutal murder is almost a sub story…this an intriguing look at comm
I really like Tawni O'Dell, but after reading her two most recent books (this, and One of Us), I just can't help but think that she could do more with them. She's a good writer and she has amazing ideas that snare you in and keep you racing through the pages...but so many of them end up falling a little flat. In this particular story, there are kind of 3 main threads: the murder of a teenage girl, Camio Truly, who comes from a typical dysfunctional hick family, which Chief of Police (and main ch ...more
Could a book get much better than this? I was glued to the seat of my reading chair, I didn't want to miss a second of this whodunit.
Chief of Police, Dove Carnahan is called out to a brutal crime scene of a young girl. She knows she's over her head on this case so she calls in State Police CID Investigator Nolan for assistance. I fell in love with Chief Dove when she's out in this no man's land barefoot because she was dressed for a Chamber of Commerce luncheon that day. She just bought a new p
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I love reading a book that is so different from what I originally thought it would be, especially when it is a cop story. I was expecting a thriller and a bit of suspense in this new book. But what I ended up with was a wild ride that leaves the reader with plenty of surprises along the way.

I have never read a Tawni O'Dell novel before so I was not sure what to expect. The twists and turns in this book were awesome. You really never knew who was committed the crimes in this psychological thrille
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When you've got a police chief named Dove Carnahan who jokes (or maybe not) that she was named for her late mother's favorite soap, what's not to love? Nothing, in my mind - nor was there anything not to love in the rest of this book (even though I was introduced to more dysfunctional families than I've seen since the days of Starsky and Hutch).

Dove, who's 50, has a younger brother who hasn't been heard of for years, a sister who much prefers dogs to people and a beautiful but dead mother who wa
Tawny O’Dell has been compared to Pat Conroy and for good reason. Her powerful voice and intriguing characters gives life to the small southern towns she writes about. Angels Burning starts out as a run of the mill mystery surrounding the death of a young girl. As the story progresses, O’Dell begins to reveal the real story behind this senseless death, examining and dissecting into the lives of the girl’s dysfunctional family and the similarities between her and the police chief who found her bo ...more
"There's nothing like witnessing the savagery of the human animal firsthand to make our bodies ache for a reminder from our species that we're capable of exquisite acts of mercy."

This book was a nasty little piece of work. And I mean that in the best possible way.

Tawni O'Dell takes on abuse, poverty, sexism, and familial strain with a surety that I haven't seen in a long while. I was completely sucked into the storyline and had a hard time putting this book down to get anything accomplished;
Martha Freeman
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another couldn't-put-it-down read from one of my favorite authors. Dove Carnahan, the protagonist is a likeable, funny, irascible small-town police chief, female. Recently turned 50, she still turns heads even as she is concerned about the inevitable sagging and widening. When the lovely teen-age daughter of a notorious family is found dead (and partially burned, hence the title), she and her longtime ally and sometime friend with benefits, a state police detective, end up working the ca ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell is one of those rare novels where the characters are so powerfully crafted and so infused with their own strength of personality that you would swear that you were seated in a dark theater as the tale is acted out on an off Broadway stage. The lighting is dimmed and the voices hushed at times, but the chills never leave you. You are a voyeur into the hearts and lives of this small town and the people who live there. People who will haunt you long after you leave th ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Tawni O’Dell returns following One of Us (2014), with another haunting suspense mystery, set in the rural Pennsylvania area. Where secrets are buried— and the past threatens to roar its ugly head in the present.

Dove Carnahan a fifty-year-old tough police chief in the rural Pennsylvanian coal town. A mom’s murder has been hidden. Thirty-five years ago, the most heinous crime this town has ever seen—u
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Written by Tawni O’Dell
2016; Gallery Books (288 Pages)
Genre: fiction, mystery, domestic suspense, psychological thriller, literary

RATING: ★★★★

"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
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more of a portrayal of people and an intricate drama than it is a crime novel. I'd call it a contemporary fiction story, set around the murder of a teenage girl. The chief of police, 50 year old Dove Carnahan is an engaging character. She's smart, brave, tenacious and intelligent, but has a dark backstory, including a murdered mother, a convicted killer who is out of jail and bringing back the past, a missing brother, a protective sister, a married lover and on top of this she still has ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
I had heard & read so many terrific reviews regarding this author since she was an Oprah pick many years ago. When this book was released, all of the critics raved, one even said that she was putting it on her "best of 2016" list.
Well with such high praise, i was surprised to find that this story is a straight forward police proceedural. It is set in a small Pennsylvania town where a young girl from a local, notorious dysfunctional family is found murdered. And it's up to Dove, the town's femal
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chief Dove Carnahan has lived in her community all of her life and when she is called to investigate the death of one of their own she does not realize just how close to home this death will hit. She has kept a secret for most of her adult life and this case brings all those memories to the surface. Her brother who has been gone for many many years without any contact except a text once a year has returned with his son. A nephew that she and her sister Neely did not even know he had. Great read. ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police Chief Dove Carnahan is tough, makes her own rules, and chases away her childhood demons through her work in the small Pennsylvania town’s police station.

From the very first page, I was engrossed in Dove’s everyday life, from her work situations to the family issues that presented themselves.

Narrated in her first person voice, Angels Burning showed the reader her interior thoughts and feelings, and gave us a good sense of how she had managed to move past the bad stuff, including the fact
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"Once I'm outside, I take a deep breath away from the eyes and wonder what life was like for Camio as a member of this family. Zane said she was just like them whenever she was here, but she was a different person away from them. Surely this other person slipped out occasionally while she was inside this house. I understand her desire to leave. I had the same one.... " Dove

The horrific murder of a teenage girl gives Chief of Police Carnahan a heavy responsibility to find out what happened to her
Erin Clemence
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free electronic ARC of this book.
I first heard of O’Dell when she wrote “Back Roads” and was recognized by Oprah’s Book Club. After reading that book, and enjoying it, I merely lost sight of O’Dell. This was clearly a mistake on my part.
In her new novel, “Angels Burning”, O’Dell tells the tale of police chief Dove Carnahan (named for the soap), whose small Pennsylvania town is rocked by the gruesome death of a young girl. While investigating
The discovery of the body of murdered local teen school girl, Camio Truly, is the trigger for an investigation that will reveal family secrets, lies, schemes and so much more. It isn’t anything like the usual murder mystery. This is the revelation of two dysfunctional families with so many secrets - the families of the victim and of the local chief of police, fifty year old Dove Carnahan. In the small town secrets tend to be revealed but in this case they are definitely in hiding and who knows w ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a grisly way to find a body and a teenager, no less. This was a good book that definitely kept my attention throughout. While reading over my last review by Tawni O'Dell, I was surprised to read that it took me a while to get into her book. That did not happen on this one. This book grabbed me at the beginning and did not let go.

Of course, there were several subplots going on in the book. One including the murder of the main character, Dove Carnahan, when she was just 15 years old. She als
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Tawni O'Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fragile Beasts, Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah's Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Tawni's screen adaptation of Back Roads is currently in development to be made into a film with Adrian Lyne set to direct. Her work has been translated into 15 languages and been published in over 30 countri ...more

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