Saturday, March 31, 2012

When the Smoke Clears: A Review

Summary from back cover: After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson--and a handsome detective.

But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

My thoughts: This book is a thrilling adventure full of twists and turns. Most of all, I love the layers to the plot. Alexia isn't just trying to find out who is trying to kill her with the help of a cute police officer (the plot of every romantic suspense). She's also dealing with her past: an abusive father who could be the one out to get her, a brother who can't be found, a mother who kicked her out the house, and the memories of a fire that was blamed on her. The character development is a nice touch and balances out wild shootouts.

Overall, a great fast read that will leave readers wanting book two. 

1 comment:

Dawn said...

I want to read this one.