Review: Angel Fire By Lisa Unger

Angel Fire is another 2011 re-release from Lisa Unger (We recently reviewed her other novel The Darkness Gathers here).

In Angel Fire, we learn that the main character of the book Lydia Strong suffered as a teenager because of the murder of her mother by a serial killer. She molded herself into a non-caring person so that she would never feel hurt again and professionally she became a successful true crime writer.

The childhood murder of Lydia Strong’s mother has turned her into a woman obsessed with bringing brutal killers to justice. Fifteen years later, when three adults—loners, drifters—go missing, no one seems to notice except for Lydia. Enlisting the help of her friend, former FBI agent Jeffrey Mark, Lydia starts an investigation of her own. But when someone raises the stakes and goes after Lydia—just as fifteen years ago when she put the FBI on the trail of her mother’s killer—the real hunt begins.

Angel Fire is a police procedural tale with several twists to the main plot. you can tell that this is a debut novel as it starts slowly with a great emphasis on charcter development. Lydia is portrayed as a cold character especially at the beginning but as the story develops she become likeable enough. It is impossible to guess the identity of the killer and that’s one of the things I didn’t like about the book, though I understand that this is more of a movie-like thriller.

Overall a decent read and I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Amazon link to the book: Angel Fire