Reena Hale grew up with an intimate knowledge of the destructive power of fire. When she was a child, her family’s restaurant was burned to the ground, and the man responsible was sent to jail. The Hale family banded together to rebuild, and Reena found her life’s calling. She trained as a firefighter and then as a cop, always with the end goal in sight: to become an arson investigator. Now, as part of the arson unit, she is called in on a series of suspicious fires that seem to be connected-not just to each other, but to her. And as danger ignites all around her, Reena must rely on experience and instinct to catch a dangerous madman who will not stop until everything she loves has gone up in smoke.
Great story, and I very much enjoyed it. I would have given it a higher rating, but it was a bit of a letdown that there wasn’t any mystery involved (for the reader) in figuring out the identity of the arsonist. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but I would have enjoyed the book even more if I wasn’t so certain about who it was right from their first appearance. The thoughts and plottings of the arsonist would have had a greater chill factor if I hadn’t known who was doing it. (Or better still, if I thought I knew, only to be surprised to discover it was someone else that I never even slightly suspected!)
Author: Nora Roberts
Title: Blue Smoke
Published: September 17, 2005 by Putnam
This review was originally published on Goodreads on February 16, 2010.