The Burn Patient

A Vega and Middleton Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
342 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Raised in Chicago, Sue Hinkin is a former college administrator, TV news photographer, and NBC-TV art department manager. She was a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute. Her debut novel, DEADLY FOCUS, a thriller featuring Los Angeles TV news journalist Bea Jackson and photographer, Lucia Vega, was a 2018 International Book Award finalist. The second book in the series, a Reader’s Choice award winner, LOW COUNTRY BLOOD, set in Savannah, GA arrived April 1, 2019. THE BURN PATIENT was released mid-pandemic in April 2020. See more at A long-time California resident, Hinkin now lives in Colorado.

    Book Review

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.