On Monday 9th May, the Books and Bakes Book Club met at Grays Road Institute to chat about the April book – The Burning Room by Michael Connelly.
The Burning Room is part of the Detective Bosch series. Bosch, edging closer to retirement, is partnered with a younger Detective for training and together they work on solving cold cases. As the story progresses, you learn that the cold case they are investigating might be linked to a childhood experience of Bosch’s new partner, Detective Soto. The remainder of the books explores and investigates how the cold case and childhood experiences are intertwined and linked to some of LA’s big names!
We discussed the similarities and differences between the English and American Criminal Justice Systems and the private funding of politicians and ‘big wigs’ who have been known to benefit from preferential treatment. We discussed the differences in quality of life of the diverse cultures discussed within the story.
There were differing opinions on the significance of the title, as the phrase of the burning room came up a few times in the book and a few different pivotal scenes and unexpected plot twists were noted. However, the group felt that the ended was a bit flat overall, although, perhaps if you read the next book in the series it will provide a more satisfactory conclusion?
The members commented that they had enjoyed the book, even those who don’t read crime fiction as part of their general reading repertoire. Members were impressed with the author’s skill to weave all of the different threads of the story together in order to reach the conclusion.