- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 31, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000UW50KS
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The title residence is actually an apartment building in which a commuter plan has crashed into shortly after its takeoff from Burbank heading towards San Jose. The accident has occurred very close to the Granada Hills home of Peter and Rina Decker, and even closer to the school of their daughter Hannah. Fortunately, all are fine, but Peter, a police lieutenant who oversees homicide investigations, finds that there is still much to be done after the fires have been put out.
In particular, Roseanne Dresden, though listed as one of the crash victims, is alleged by her step-father to have never been on the flight. She has disappeared, however, and the step-father suspects her philandering husband. Decker and his detectives try to determine if she was on the flight, but the airline refuses to disclose any information and there are no remains found at the crash site that belong to her.
A body is found, but it is not Rosanne; instead, it is a much older corpse apparently stashed in the apartment building decades ago and exposed after the crash. This leads to a second mystery, in trying to determine who the victim is and who killed her. Sadly, the resolution of this second plot will hinge on an incredible coincidence that Kellerman doesn't really even try to justify.
This coincidence hurts The Burnt House, but not irreparably; overall, this remains a good book. Why does Faye Kellerman continue to succeed while her husband slides downhill? As much as anything, it has to do with characters: Faye has created a world with a bunch of well-defined characters who have grown over time (in fact, my one continued gripe with the series is that is marketed as a Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery, when Rina has not used that last name in over a decade of fictional or real time). It's been a little while since Kellerman has written a book in the series, but for her fans, it is worth that wait.
When I am lying in bed reading her on my Kindle, I thoroughly enjoy that judgmental (bitchy) part of myself that critically assesses the twists and turns of her plots ("How likely is THAT to happen?") and then immediately am swept back into the read. This book is NOT 'Silence of the Lambs' (thank God and PTSD therapy). It is a pleasant, interesting, and exciting read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.