It’s time for book number 17: “The Burn Palace” by Stephen Dobyns. I heard about this book from an Oprah Book Club email. Oprah started the whole book club movement years ago on her talk show. Or at least that is my earliest memory of book clubs 😉 I signed up for the book club when reading “East of Eden” over 10 years go. Even though she no longer has her talk show she does have Book Club 2.0 through her website, and I still get emails with book recommendations. “The Burn Palace” was listed as a “crazily compelling page-turner.” And that it is!!
“The Burn Palace” focuses on the sleepy little seaside town of Brewster, Rhode Island. Late one evening, a baby is stolen from the nursery of the local hospital. To make matters worse, the baby is replaced with a corn snake. Who in the small town could do something like this? State Trooper Detectives, including Woody Potter, are brought in to help solve the case. But what they find gets continually stranger as the thriller, with a hint of supernatural, plays out over the next 9 days.
I have come to the realization that I need to take notes as I read. Yes, I’m that person. Not only to keep track of characters but for memory retention. “The Burn Palace” has a fair share of characters and the point of view jumps around quite a bit. Due to the jumping around of people, places, and plot lines, I had quite a few notes and post-its marked in the book. It didn’t influence my feelings on the book at all. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written. The plot was fast paced and took many unexpected turns. I recommended this book to a fellow homeschool mom and got a few recommendations from her!
What have you been reading lately? What is your favorite book you were unable to put down?