Blood Echo

by Christopher Rice

 

A Burning Girl Thriller

 

The second in Christopher Rice’s Burning Girl thrillers inflicts more turmoil on poor Charlotte Rowe, a human weapon for justice, or that’s how a dark corporation portray her. Charlotte grew up under the ‘care’ of two psychopathic killers. After murdering her mother they kept her around as they continued their trail of abduction, rape and murder. Her new ‘mother’ Abigail helped her husband with his dreadful deeds, blaming the women and telling herself she needed to assist him to keep him. It was an upbringing that led to Charlotte being labelled Burning Girl as she was made to hit the ‘on’ switch to incinerate their victims’ belongings. All this has left Charlotte wanting a normal life. She refuses to be interviewed about her life, preferring to keep a low profile in her small Californian town. Unfortunately, now in her 20s and free form her captivates, Charlotte’s life is anything but normal.      

 

Charlotte is the product of an experiment. There are chemicals in her bloodstream that give her superhuman powers. Like the Hulk with anger, these superpowers are activated by fear. The secretive corporation works a pharmaceutical company that have enabled the millions of dollars’ worth of development into Charlotte, known as Bluebird, who is being used to hunt and eliminate predators. She has the backing of powerful Intelligence sources such as TruGlass, a feed see what she sees, and all sorts of encrypted satellite connections for a team to support her.

 

The book opens with her acting as bait to catch Richard Davis, a suspected serial killer. The operation goes wrong. Charlotte wants to contact her boyfriend, a deputy in sheriff’s department, and return to her small town but what she doesn’t know is the danger they’re all in. There’s a network of terrorists, conspiracy, dangerous technology and a new threat that clouds everything. A techno-thriller with big set pieces and small touches of humanity.

 

 

About the author

 

Christopher Rice is the New York Times bestselling and Lambda Literary Award–winning author of Bone Music (the Amazon Charts bestselling first novel in the Burning Girl series), A Density of Souls, and the Bram Stoker Award finalists The Heavens Rise and The Vines. He also coauthored Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra with his mother, New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice. Christopher is currently serving as head writer and executive producer of The Vampire Chronicles, a television series based on his mother’s bestselling series of the same name. He also co-hosts the YouTube channel The Dinner Party Show with his best friend, New York Times bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn  Christopher lives in West Hollywood, California. Visit him online at www.christopherricebooks.com.

 

Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…

Charlotte is an experiment. And a weapon. Enabled by a superpower drug, she’s partnered with a shadowy pharmaceutical company to hunt down and eliminate society’s most depraved human predators. But her latest mission goes off the rails in a horrifying way. Unsettled by her own capacity for violence, Charlotte wants some time to retreat so she can work on her new relationship with Luke, a sheriff’s deputy in the isolated Central California town she now calls home.

If only the threats hadn’t followed Charlotte there.

Something sinister is evolving in Altamira, California—a massive network of domestic terrorists with ties to Charlotte’s influential and corrupt employers. As a vast and explosive criminal conspiracy grows, the fate of Charlotte’s hometown hangs in the balance. With everyone she cares about in danger, Charlotte has no choice but to bring her powers home.

Charlotte Rowe has been triggered, and now she’ll have to take matters into her own powerful hands.