“If Walls Could Scream,” by Laura Burke, starts off in the mountains of North Carolina in a small sleepy town called Hendersonville. Several young girls have gone missing and the town is scared. Seems that there is a serial killer on the loose and Coles, the Chief of Police, isn’t having any luck locating the killer. The FBI is called in to help. When things aren’t going anywhere, a couple of local men who have missing girls seek out a private investigator to help out from New York.
Now, this story starts off talking about a local farmer and goes into the life of this man as if he might be the main character and then it changes later in the book. Each character developed nicely but the main character seemed to be different by the end. I found that odd.
Being that I am from North Carolina, I found that the writing almost seemed to mock us country folk. I also found that kind of humorous in the aspect that the writing sounded more like something that might be truer for West Virginia folk, not North Carolina folks. I guess coming from the view point of a New York City character, the small town people of Hendersonville could be easily mistaken for hillbillies. In this story, it was more mountain-man type rather than just down home country people like where I am from in Hickory.
Overall, I loved “If Walls Could Scream,” by Laura Burke. I literally read it in less than two days. Once I started, I found it was a page-turner. I would say this book is more like a mystery rather than a thriller. I happen to love crime stories and the forensics behind the police work so this was a great book for me. I would even go as far as saying it’s a chick book, if there is such a thing. The cover art is great too. Very chilling look to it.
If Walls Could Scream
Eloquent Books (2010)
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (9/12)