(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Guy, a middle-aged fireman, loses his family in a tragic accident… Or so it seems. As he sets out to uncover the truth about the blaze that changed his life forever, a small gang of disgruntled teenagers experiment with a dangerous new hobby involving vacant buildings, matches and a lighter fluid. While the young arsonists evade the authorities, Guy keeps digging for answers – and in doing so, slowly makes peace with his traumatizing past.
This is such an intriguing novel! Although primarily a thriller, there were plenty of mystery elements and some thought-provoking political undertones as well. The first chapter really grabbed my attention right away. The characters in this story are dynamic and complex, yet I easily related to them. I found their strengths and weaknesses to be beautifully balanced. Alexa and Nathan both share similarities, one being their obsession to fire, yet they can be so different at the same time, making it all the more interesting. I will warn readers that some parts of this book were a little bit hard to read in the sense they were tragic and full of raw emotions.
All in all, I recommend this dark and stirring novel to readers who like to be kept at the edge of their seats!
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 feathers.