“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 a te ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who wo ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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; I ...more
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 ...more
Written by Tawni O’Dell
2016; Gallery Books (288 Pages)
Genre: fiction, mystery, domestic suspense, psychological thriller, literary
"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 ...more
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 f ...more
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 t ...more
The horrific murder of a teenage girl gives Chief of Police Carnahan a heavy responsibility to find out what happened to her ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more