February 14, 2010

Review: Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy


Only half Gypsy Janeal Mikkado has always yearned to leave the fraudulent world of her Gypsy family. When she's approached by a sinister man named Salazar Sanso she initially thinks this is her way out but when she changes her mind Sanso is not okay with it. He sets fire to the Gypsy Kumpania and many of her friends are injured or killed including her father and best friend Katie.

Now fifteen years later Janeal has made a new life for herself as Jane Johnson thinking she was the sole survivor of the tragedy. But when Salazar Sanso is caught by the DEA Janeal learns that she is only one of three survivors and the identity of one of the other survivors will cause Janeal to question her own sanity.

I enjoyed the shocking twist in Burn but the entire interaction between Sanso and Janeal is so forced that it really throws off the storyline. Nothing about their initial interaction makes sense and it kind of put me off through the rest of the beginning. The only thing that kept this from being a total bomb was that the rest of the book and the ending are really thrilling. I would recommend this one as a library read.

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bermudaonion said...

Since it has a shocking twist at the end, this sounds good to me. I find that cover totally creepy.

Victor | UPrinting.com said...

Hi Monie,

I just watched the Wolfman (starring Benicio del Torro) and the movie involved folklores from the Gypsy culture, which makes this Burn interesting. Will it focus on the Gypsy culture or do you suggest another book for that?

MonieG said...

Oh! I can't wait to see that. I'm gonna have to sneak away from work early this week to do that. I haven't read any other books focusing on Gypsies and this one wasn't too heavy on the culture. I'll have to research some more.

Enid Wilson said...

The plot sounds very interesting. It's a pity you found the relationship between the characters not working right from the beginning.

Really Angelic