Item description for Death Angel by Martha Powers...
When Kate and Richard Warner's ten-year-old daughter is murdered, the normal world disappears into a nightmare of heartbreak, fear and grief. Kate struggles to keep her own sanity and fight against the rising tide of suspicions. Eventually she realizes that the only way to discover the truth is to join forces with the police, digging through the facts of the crime in order to help bring the murderer to justice.
Death Angel deals with the murder of a child and the appalling aftermath when the parents come under suspicion. In a story seemingly ripped from the headlines, the devastation and courage of a family in crisis is laid bare. Kate's need to find answers puts her in jeopardy as the murderer realizes that her determination could uncover the secrets he is desperate to keep hidden. In the stunning conclusion, Kate will risk death in order to find Jenny's murderer.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Oceanview Publishing
ISBN 1933515031 ISBN13 9781933515038
Availability 0 units.
More About Martha Powers
Martha Powers, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and currently a resident of Park Ridge, Illinois, is the author of nine previous novels, all historical romances. Her acclaimed thrillers, "Sunflower" and "Bleeding Heart" are available from Pocket Books.
Martha Powers currently resides in Park Ridge, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Death Angel?
SCARY Dec 14, 2007
Death Angel is a poignant and gripping tale about a perfect family whose happiness is shattered when the ten-year-old daughter is murdered and the father becomes the target of the murder investigation. The burden of solving the crime and clearing her family's name falls to Kate Warner, the mother. She has to join forces with the police and eventually put her life on the line to bring the killer to justice. I was consistently amazed at how realistic this novel felt. Its attention to detail and portrait of a mother fighting for her family reminded me of a new book by Patricia Gussin, Twisted Justice. Good stuff.
Characters were unrealistic Apr 21, 2007
"Death Angel" is a novel of gripping suspense but most of the characters never came to life. The only character I learned much about was the murderer! Kate Warner did not act like a grieving mother who'd lost her only child. She was able to function normally even though her world had been turned upside down after her only child was murdered and her husband Richard was the chief suspect. She never seemed to grieve for her dead daughter or yearn for her presence. Richard didn't appear to be affected much, either. His own problems took precedence over his daughter's murder. Most grieving parents are unable to eat, sleep, or function normally for a long time after losing a child. The Warners had no problem with any of this. They assumed the police would soon find their child's killer, but discover to their horror that Chief of Police Carl Leidecker, a personal friend, seems to be zeroing in on Richard. Although Kate stands by her husband, she begins to doubt her own instincts. I admit the book was a real page-turner and I stayed up most of the night to finish reading it. The conclusion was shocking and the identity of the murderer was a complete surprise.
Excellent mystery; average characters Feb 10, 2007
This mystery grabs your attention at the very beginning and holds it through the entire book. It is the story of Kate, a sheltered stay-at-home mom whose life is destroyed when her eight year old daughter is kidnapped, raped and murdered. Kate's husband becomes a suspect and then disappears. Kate begins to investigate her daughter's death and her husband's disappearance at the possible price of her own life. It is an excellent mystery that keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know who did it, Powers throws a curve ball and you doubt your prediction and add another suspect to your growing list.
I cannot give this book 5 stars, however, because I did not care for the characters. They never seemed to fully develop and instead were superficial. I found Kate and her husband, Richard to have a strange relationship and even Kate herself was odd. She had one child and a part time job but no real friends. In some ways, her husband seemed to be dominate (he laid out her clothes for her to wear each day) but in other ways he didn't. The only character I liked, who seemed like she could be a real person, was Kate's elderly next door neighbor.
Death Angel Dec 18, 2006
Martha Powers book Death Angel is a mystery you won't want to put down after you start reading it. She holds the suspense of mystery right to the very end. She has a knack of leading you to one conclusion several times only to turn the tables on your solution to the mystery and leave you back at the drawing board. A great book-I look forward to reading more of her books.
Powers at the top of her powers Dec 7, 2006
Kate Warner leads a sheltered life as a stay-at-home mom until her life is shattered one afternoon when her eight-year-old daughter Jenny disappears in the time it takes Kate to answer a mundane phone call. Jenny turns up raped and murdered in the forest preserve at the edge of a suburban Illinois town. The nightmare continues as Kate's husband Richard, accused of Jenny's murder, goes missing, an apparent suicide. The distraught Kate battles depression, gossip, a suspicious police chief and a rabid press corps as she goes through the motions of putting her life together, seething over the fact that her husband has been convicted in absentia of a murder she knows in her heart he couldn't commit. Police Chief Carl Leidecker finds he misjudged Richard when a new witness comes forward but not before another victim--the jogger who found Jenny--is found in the forest preserve. Certain that something is amiss, Kate, determined to exonerate Richard and on the trail of new clues, soon finds her self face to face with the killer. The novel thunders to a stunning conclusion as Kate makes desperate choices. Martha Powers' gift for portraying the seething emotions masked behind a civilized veneer sets her apart as a novelist.