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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
The Burn Patient: A Vega and Middleton Novel by Sue Hinkin is a pulsating meld of mystery, crime, and adventure with a powerful plot. Lucy is certain that the man who wanted to shoot her through the head died in Guerrero in a jeep explosion. The only problem is that she didn’t see the body. Now, Mercier is back with an elaborate plan for revenge and his eyes are set on Bea’s young daughter, Alyssa. And what he plans to do with her is just sickening. Can Bea and Lucy stop this mortal enemy when his men set Lucy’s ranch in Malibu on fire and while Alyssa is about to walk into a trap?
This is a fast-paced, intelligently plotted, and deftly written story that will have readers on the edge of their seats. The novel explores very strong themes, including murder, faith and healing, human trafficking, family and parenting, and a lot more. The plot has surprising twists and nothing ever happens the way the reader would predict. Sue Hinkin does an impeccable job with character development and I loved how they are written throughout the conflict. I also liked the way the characters relate to each other and the relationship between Lucy and Bea is interesting to follow. The story features very compelling characters against the backdrop of a remote Mexican area. I particularly loved Lucy, who’d made a decision many decades ago to be a ghost and had carved out a life that was “peaceful at times, frenetic at others, but always rewarding.” The Burn Patient: A Vega and Middleton Novel is a page-turner that is balanced and filled with adventure and humanity; a riveting narrative with strong conflict.