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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Dead Burn” by Jennifer Chase is at least the fourth Emily Stone thriller skillfully woven by the author. In this episode Emily is trying to figure out a serial killer arsonist, whose method of trapping his victims in some situation from which they cannot escape before burning them to death seems to be evolving with each new murder. The victims in this case are a rapist who was released due to lack of evidence, his cheesy defense attorney who has built his reputation getting similar cases dismissed, the judge who let the rapist go along with his only daughter and her husband, the private investigator who helped produce the “lack of evidence”, the Assistant District Attorney, and the Jury Foreman. The intensely personal and painful ordeals Emily goes through to finally stop the killer are more than sufficient to make you – and Emily – wonder why she continues in this line of work.
“Dead Burn” is a gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking thriller that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat from start to finish. Multiple sub-plots threaten Emily’s life from directions she doesn’t even suspect until after she has managed to elude them. If you like thrillers, get this book, a bottle of antacid tablets, and clear your calendar for a few days so you won’t be interrupted. Advise your family that you are not to be disturbed, under penalty of your wrath if they do disturb you. Then prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster that will challenge your stamina. This is a story you will not soon forget.