Smoke - Catherine McKenzie

4 Stars!

After a decade-long career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in her former life for a quieter one with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce and a fire in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who has lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation.

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN and HIDDEN, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. HIDDEN was also a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller. She has also published a novella, SPUN, which is a sequel to SPIN.
Her fifth novel, SMOKE, will be published by Lake Union on October 20, 2015. She is currently at work on her sixth novel, which is expected to be published in 2016.

I am a big fan of  Catherine McKenzie and this is my forth book by her. I wouldn't sat that this was my favorite one but still definitely a good read.

This book started out a little slower for me. And it was really more about the characters and their relationships than the fire and I was kind of hoping for more fire action (My hubby is a long time fireman!) It took me a while to get into the characters and their personalities. But once I did I started liking them and the book much better. The character development didn't jump out at me like her others books though.

The more I read the better this book got! The beginning was just ehh for me but the end was great! Once all the drama started to unfold and it appeared that there was going to be some suspense and controversy I started loving it. There are a few twists and turns and a couple edge-of-your-seat moments that make it more interesting ;-)

And, I loved this quote -
"Chaos theory."
"What's that?" John says.
"Oh, just this thing my dad used to say. About how if a butterfly flaps its wings in South America, it might cause a hurricane in the Atlantic..."
All-in-all a good suspenseful read.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  1. I need to read this one, I dated a fire jumper at one time in my life.


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