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Check out my Friday Favorite – it may not be new, it may not even be by an author you have ever heard of, but it will be a book that has captured both my imagination and my heart.
It is almost three years since I first had the pleasure of reading The Burning Man by Solange Ritchie, and it is just as clear in my mind now as it was the day I finished reading it.
‘Connie’, as she was known to her family and friends, had been a person, with kids and a future. In this August heat, no one seemed to notice or care. Stone wiped the sweat from his brow. His search had turned up nothing but more questions, leading to pent up frustration and explosive nerves. At least now that frustration would be over.
People in this community of million dollar homes had faith in the system, a false sense of security. Consuelo Vargas would shatter that. People here wouldn’t sleep for weeks.
Stone’s gut wrenched. He wasn’t sure it was a woman.
His flashlight raced across the body, the acrid smell of acid eating at his lungs. It was awful. Stone longed for a blanket of clean air, sunlight, freshness.
Pete continued speechless, backing away from the corpse, as if putting distance between him and the body would make a bit of difference.
Stone knew it wouldn’t. Like the two women before. He thought how Consuelo Vargas’s face would become a nightly, non-mortal visitor, its dark features constantly shifting, changing. Like all the others, her mouth would open in the dream, but nothing would emerge except the screams of a woman being eaten alive by acid. Just like the others.
THE BLURB: It is a summer night in upscale Orange County, California. When young beautiful Consuelo Vargas turns up horribly mutilated and left for dead in a strawberry field, the Irvine Police Department call in top FBI Forensic pathologist/agent, Dr. Catherine (“Cat”) Powers solve a string of murders.
Charged with hunting down a twisted serial killer dubbed the “The Burning Man” as more bodies turn up, Cat embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Her actions will destroy the people she holds most dear. Her decisions will forever change the lives of those she loves.
Little does she know, The Burning Man waits for her, drawing her closer into his web of death, lies and deceit, so that he can take from her the ultimate prize. He waits for her in plain sight forcing her to make a choice no mother should ever have to make.
Suspenseful from the first page, this novel traces the painfully real struggles of a driven woman torn between her career demands and single motherhood, a family saga involving Cat’s young son and his loss of innocence at the hands of a madman and explores the bond shared by a mother and child as they combat pure evil. Cat knows only that she will do anything to catch this killer and keep those she loves alive. But will it be enough?
MY THOUGHTS: ********** If I could award this book 10 stars – I would!
It is exciting to find a debut work by a new author of this calibre.
The writing is clear, concise yet incredibly suspenseful. Solange Ritchie takes us on an exhilarating journey in this compulsive and chilling novel where both characters and plot are complex without being confusing.
Dr. Catherine (“Cat”) Powers is called in to solve a string of grisly murders perpetrated by a twisted serial killer dubbed “the Burning Man’. Little does she realise that her endeavours to identify and apprehend this killer will place everything she values at risk – including her young son – as the killer watches and manipulates her.
The Burning Man should come with a warning to clear your schedule before starting to read…….I paused only to go to work – and then I took the book with me. I resented every moment I was unable to spend immersed in The Burning Man.
A definite 5 stars from me, and a note to the author –“More please!”
Thank you to author Solange Ritchie for providing a digital copy of The Burning Man for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1282183304