THE BURNT HOUSE
Harper (Division of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
$7.99 U.S./$8.99 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
LAPD Police Lieutenant Peter Decker receives an urgent call from his boss that a plane has crashed into an apartment building. When he hears the exit route, it is not far from their daughter’s school. He and his wife, Rina, dash off to the scene of the crash.
Farley Lodestone wants answers to his daughter’s whereabouts. He fears the worst, wondering if her daughter's philandering husband, Ivan, had something to do with Roseanne’s sudden disappearance.
Decker is drawn into a case when a crash ends up leaving more corpses than actual persons on the passenger list. After Ivan Dresden cannot find his wife, Roseanne, he suspects she was on the flight that went down. For some reason, someone is not telling the truth about Roseanne not being on the flight attendants list. Decker has trouble finding the last person who saw her alive. Ivan certainly is not the idea husband, spending all his time and money chasing lap dancers. Decker’s lead to a construction business to a man who cared for Roseanne, does not quite lend enough information. Farley is out for blood as he constantly bugs Decker about his daughter’s disappearance. With the help of his wife, Rina, Decker continues exploring the clues. Something tells them it is more than what they bargained for while tying to find if Roseanne is dead or alive.
How does she do it? Every time I read a Faye Kellerman mystery, they only get better. This one once again had me spellbound as yet another case with Decker and Rina, investigate a captivating tale surrounding a fiery plane crash. I was thrown into the action of the hunt for survivors, as well as the idea of the plane landing on the apartment. The style of writing is so unique the reader can almost hear the screams of the passengers as the plane goes down. The Burnt House is another great read with a terrific plot into police procedures, and craft puzzles that keep the reader guessing all the way to the end. I love how Farley never once gives up on the search for his daughter. With well-developed characters and action-packed drama, this read engages.
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