Strieber, Whitley Melody Burning, 215 p. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2011. Language: R (70 swears, o ‘f’); Violence: PG-13. Many years ago, Breseford was with his father at the top of a new building and was witness when the strange man pushed the father to his death. Since that day, he has hidden with the passages, shafts and ceilings of the high-end condominiums, existing quietly off of the residents. Melody is a rising singing star – with a stage mother who is bent of controlling Melody’s every move. But Melody can hear Breseford within the walls of her home and is duly freaked out by his quiet presence. When the two meet however, it begins not only an unlikely romance, but also a deadly man-hunt, as the building’s owner – the original murderer – is determined to hunt down Breseford for his own nefarious purposes.
While there are some very tender, sweet moments here, the premise is so from left field that in the end it is almost hard to take seriously. I can totally see this as a Disney TV movie – so much drama and saccharine. This would be great in paperback as a summer beach read. HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher