Years ago I read Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell when it was an Oprah selection. I loved it. I have no idea why I have not read any of her other stories but it is my loss.Luckily it can be rectified.
Angels Burning is fast paced and a good murder mystery. Actually there are two mysteries in the plot. Dove Carnahan, the protagonist, is police chief in a small rural Pennsylvania town.She is both feisty and an enigma. She has her own dark secrets in that her mother was murdered when she was fifteen. She has been trying to protect her sister and her estranged brother for years. Now she has to try to solve the murder of a young girl whose body was abandoned in a smoking sinkhole. Enter the redneck Truly family. The young dead girl is a member of this family. They have a criminal history. And the plot thickens from there. O’Dell’s characters are so well developed and portrayed.She has the entire complicated Truly family that she must give voice to and she does this so well. Besides the plot and the good writing I think character development is Odell’s strength. I hope she is considering using Dove Carnahan as a serial character in another book. She is just too good a character to appear in only one book. Meanwhile I have to look for Tawni O’Dell’s other novels. Can’t believe I lost track of this author since reading Back Roads.
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