Chief Dove Carnahan loves her job; she is top cop in her hometown, lives a quiet life, and wears her fifty years well. Her past gives her some notoriety. Murder is rare in rural Pennsylvania, when Dove was a teenager, her mother, a stunner with poor taste in men, was brutally murdered. It was the most shocking crime in her small town until now. A beautiful young girl has been murdered; her body thrown into a fiery sinkhole to burn. While the State Police will be running the show, (they have the staff and the labs) Chief Carnahan will also be heavily involved. The young girl was ambitious, a high achiever headed to college. Her family is not known for high achievers, they are a clan of rednecks and smalltime criminals. While Dove is involved in the current investigation, the man who served thirty years for killing her mother has been released from prison still swearing he is innocent. Both plot lines are skillfully integrated into the story. Dove is a likeable protagonist. I enjoyed the way the story involved her whole family, and the way she tried to treat everyone with understanding. Tawni O’Dell tells a good story!— Deon Stonehouse
“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 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.
With countless accolades to her credit, author Tawni O’Dell writes with the “fearless insights” (The New York Times Book Review) she brought to the page in Back Roads and One of Us. In this new, masterfully told psychological thriller, the past and present collide to reveal the extent some will go to escape their fate, and in turn, the crimes committed to push them back to where they began.
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. She is also a contributor to several anthologies, including Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female. Her works have been published in more than forty countries.
Praise for ANGELS BURNING
"In Angels Burning, Tawni O'Dell ratchets up the suspense with stunning twists and turns that send the unsuspecting reader careening toward a shocking ending. Angels Burning is a no-holds-barred, page-turning, perfectly crafted thriller that kept me reading long into the night. I can only hope that this is not the last we hear of O'Dell's feisty and complicated protagonist Dove Carnahan."
— Heather Gudenkauf, author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE
"With a writer as insightful as Tawni O'Dell, and a protagonist as fascinating as Dove Carnahan, from the first page you brace yourself for the hard truths of the town of Campbell's Run. Angels Burning lives up to every bit of its promise. This is a terrific book."
— Jamie Mason, author of THREE GRAVES FULL and MONDAY'S LIE
“O’Dell returns with a captivating mystery… Filled with surprising twists and turns, this whodunit in a sullen town is a page-turner.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Compelling, fast-paced…O’Dell’s latest is character-driven fiction at its best.”
— Library Journal, starred review
"Without doubt, Angels Burning is the best mystery I’ve read all year. Tawni O’Dell’s characters are at once brutal and tender, baffling and wise. They will hold you transfixed while this story sneaks up and breaks your heart."
— Carla Norton, New York Times Bestselling Author
"A feast of a story. O'Dell handles family, friendships and toxic love with a ferocity reminiscent of Pat Conroy."
— Stella Cameron, New York Times Bestselling Author
"O’Dell’s language is as beautiful as her setting is bleak, and her characters live and breathe as they struggle over the defining line between victim and survivor. Angels Burning is a fine mystery, but O’Dell is also working on a broader canvas: the rust belt of the human heart."
— Matthew Guinn, author of THE SCRIBE and THE RESURRECTIONIST
"This book had me on the edge of my seat. I promise—you won't be able to put it down."
— New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak
“O’Dell does a stellar job of depicting the despair of those who live in a blighted rural community, while providing a complex study of the human soul and the fragile line that’s crossed when someone chooses to end another person’s life.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A darkly compelling look into how the past colors the present, this psychological thriller will linger with readers.”
— RT Book Reviews, four-star review
“Impossible to put down.”
“O’Dell shows why she is among the bestsellers. Her magic is powerful.”
— Suspense Magazine
“Intense psychological thriller…O’Dell tells her dark tale with assurance and a talent…Intriguing characters.”
— Bookpage Online
“Tawni O’Dell’s Appalachian mystery is vividly set.”
— Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review