By: Vincent Zandri
This was a book I originally rated at two stars but decided that it deserves more credit because I did find some enjoying the read. The book is written fairly well and has the classic paranoia that we all enjoy from a thriller novel. Story is reminiscent of the show Dexter in the sense that the man lost most of his family in a fire at a very young and impressionable age. As an adult he is literally obsessed with fire and is a legit pyromaniac. He has some arson attempts and attends the psychiatric ward a couple times for his fire issues. However, he now is a rather functioning adult.
Now he is a famous writer (aren’t they always) who is working on his next book. He is paranoid that his wife is cheating on him with her ex boyfriend and finds all the evidence in the world that she is but she won’t admit anything. The story itself is not that intricate and this was my problem with the book.This book is simply just suspense, which if that’s what you like then this is a great book but otherwise I found it boring at times.
The character is ultra paranoid and literally rambles every possibility of what could be happening and as the reader I feel like the author stole my favorite part of a thriller novel, theorizing. Then there was maybe one twist but it was not much of a shock. This book is predictable and does all the thinking for you. It’s not a bad read but I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone.
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.