When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attempts - and two trips to the mental ward - he was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces.
With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their preteen daughter, Anna. He's not just dealing with his own demons; there's a world of deadly hurt bearing down on him in the form of the jealous rival he's bested in literature and love, who's determined to see Reece crash - and burn. But a guy like Reece knows how to take the heat. And thanks to his lifelong friendship with fire, he also knows how to bring it.
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Oh wow. Hmm. Well, not as good as a Dianna Gabaldon saga story, but intense enough to rank it in the high 90th percentile.
I love how the author twisted everything in the setup against Reece. I knew the entire time what was going on, but the author kept me wondering what was up next.
I love Patrick Lawlor's intense passion. He seems to know exactly when to bring in the sarcasm, too.
I felt pity for Reece and anger toward Lisa, who seems to fuel Reece's jealousy throughout the story.
I just wanted to point out that reviews are difficult. If you read the reviews on this story, they are all over the chart. Some love it, some hate it. Some think it's unbelievable--and maybe it is. But isn't that what fiction is about. Sometimes an author has to step a little out there to deliver this kind of story --otherwise readers would be bored. In this story, Reece is facing not only his demons of the past, but the psychosis of a rival who is willing to go to any lengths to seek revenge, all the while making himself look the victim. Doesn't happen in real life? Maybe not, but then who would read it?
- Victoria Schwimley "Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing."
A masterful story