Title: The Burning Soul

Author:  John Connolly

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

Anna Kore, a 14-year-old girl, is missing in a small town, Pastor Bay. The town is in its worst phase of economic turbulence and not much preferred by others to stay. 

Anna’s disappearance becomes growing mystery day by day as no threats were given before neither any ransom calls were made for the money. All these were leaving the law enforcement members without any workable clue to find her out. 

Detective Charlie Parker was higher by Randall Haight, an accountant in Pastor Bay, but not to find the Anna Kore. Randall Haight, a law-abiding citizen was constantly threatened to uncover his past and destroy his identity.

Randall, in his teenage, with his friend, had killed a 14-year-old girl and did their prison time. The judge imparted them new identities on their release to leave the past behind and lead a crime free life.

Randall feared that someone was trying to pin Anna’s disappearance on him to destroy his new identity. Charlie takes the case to save his client Randall Haight. 

Charlie had his own tormented past where his wife and daughter were brutally murdered years back. His second wife has left him with their second daughter. 

The involvement of FBI special agents for Organised Crime makes the case more than just a child’s abduction case. The past of Anna’s family is also muddier with links to an Irish mobster, Tommy Morris. 

Tommy, on another hand, with his two most trustworthy henchmen, is trying hard to save his sinking boat of crime and position in the underworld.

As Charlie proceeds to uncover the truth, he finds the dirt in sever layers below, making the clear water muddier. 

Will Charlie be able to uncover the truth…?

Is Anna Kore dead…?

Is Randall Haight telling lies…?

To find out more, do read… “THE BURNING SOUL”.

My Opinion:The story begins with a slow but a steady pace and aptly narrated with vivid description skills of the author, letting the readers sink in it. 

Till the halfway, it is difficult to predict whether two cases are connected or running parallel by mere coincidence. Story paces up all of sudden as the links between Tommy and Anna’s family are discovered and making the sense for the presence of FBI. The story really becomes really unputdownable. 

John Connolly’s skill in showing the violent act is outstanding. The way the characters of the story are nurtured is truly amazing.A must-read book…


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