- Series: Morgan James Fiction
- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Morgan James Fiction (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163047519X
- ISBN-13: 978-1630475192
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her main character Catherine "Cat" Power is a fantastic new heroine in the vein of Kay Scarpetta & Clarice Starling. FBI consultant Power is hot on the the trail of a serial killer dubbed "The Burning Man" in Los Angeles. She meets up with a general group of characters and begins her investigation. In the meantime, she is dealing with guilt over being away from her 6-year old son.
Ms. Ritchie also gives us glimpses into the killers mind as he hunts and kills his next victims. This helps to give some insight into his desires and what drives him to torture and murder young women.
I feel Ms. Ritchie has done a superior job assembling a believable cast of characters with a chilling story. At times it does seem to have more characters than necessary. Some are introduced yet their storyline goes nowhere. But her storyline is strong and her writing is vivid and crackles as it moves at brisk pace. There is a surprising twist at the end with the promise of more appearances by Ms. Powers and others as well.
Ms. Ritchie should have a solid new career ahead of her!
Solange Ritchie has written an excellent first novel. The story line and plot are definitely a 4-star quality novel, but some writing inconsistencies and styles downgraded the novel in my humble opinion. To be fair, I honestly believe that some of the writing styles that were a distraction were purposely done. Also, in some scenes this style of writing definitely added to the chaos and disorder of the situation. Sometimes, I was left wondering if the writing was done on purpose or if there was a mistake made.
However, leaving that behind, Solange has written an excellent serial killer novel that is much like the Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell. Only "The Burning Man" moves along at a lightening-fast pace compared to the Scarpetta novels. "The Burning Man" is quite a bit more of a psychological thriller that hangs the reader on the pages in considerable suspense.
A serial killer is on the loose killing women in a morbid fashion in Irvine and Orange County California. Dr. Catherine "Cat" Powers, FBI agent forensic pathologist, is called in to help solve the case. Cat, to everyone that knows her, takes her cases on 100% head-strong which causes her conflict being a single mother. She is torn between being a good mother and the career that she so loves and has gained her such a high reputation. The serial killer is escalating and losing control and he must be caught quickly. So, Cat does as she has always done - she devotes everything into solving the case.
I am glad that Solange allowed me to read her book. I only wish that I could write a novel this good. I think that readers of the psychological suspense/thrillers would enjoy this book. The writing style is the only reason I did not give this book a 4-star rating. I just could not see it fair to Solange, potential future readers, and authors whose books that I have reviewed in the past.
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