"Well, obviously someone came here," I point out. "That girl didn't show up on her own and light herself on fire."
Dove Carnahan is the Chief of Police in a Pennsylvania county where coal was once King and she has just been called to Campbell's Run, the burned-out townsite where the body of a 17 year old girl has been found. The killing is nasty and Dove, herself, has experienced tragedy in her 50 years. When she was 15, her mother was murdered. She and her younger sister, Neely, tried to carry on. She hasn't seen the baby of the family, her brother, Champ, for years. The past and present collide in this gritty novel by the author of Back Roads, an Oprah book selection. As Dove unravels the tangle of dysfunction that is the murder victim's family, she reveals the despair resulting from multi-generational poverty. Tawni O'Dell has
packed a lot into the 279 pages of Angels Burning. If you are looking for a read that is entertaining, but explores the very real problems of poverty, family dysfunction and abuse, I highly recommend Angels Burning.
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