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Fire can destroy the past. It can also uncover secrets in this novel of searing suspense by New York Times best-selling author Mary Burton.

Ten years ago as an undergrad, Joan Mason escaped an arsonist’s fire. Shaken, she fled the small collegiate Montana town, leaving behind friends and not looking back. Now a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan’s trying to put her traumas to rest. It’s not easy. Elijah Weston, the classmate who torched her house, is out of prison and returning to Missoula. Gut instinct tells Joan he’ll strike again. To stop him, she must return to the past as well. To face not only the man she fears but Detective Gideon Bailey, too. The man she loved and left behind.

When a local woman dies tragically in another fire, it can’t be a coincidence. Can it be Elijah? He has a solid alibi for the night of the blaze. Reunited by the tragedy, Joan and Gideon have their doubts. So does Gideon’s sister, Ann - Joan’s old college roommate.

The investigation draws Joan and Gideon together, but it also sends them down a dangerous path - into a troubling history that Joan, Elijah, and Ann all share. As more lives go up in flames in Missoula, this town’s secrets are just beginning to rise from the ashes.

©2020 Mary Burton. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fairly tedious

Somehow none of the characters really came to life, so I struggled to care about what happened to them. There were some half decent twists, but the overarching storyline was tediously predictable.

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  • Tesla's Fire
  • 03-10-20

Unthrilling

I know I am in the minority in this but this book did absolutely nothing for me. I am not discouraging anyone from reading it but merely stating my opinion. Some may agree and many more will not. The plot was bland, the characters annoying, and the thrills were just not there. I guessed early on who the sneaky pyro was even with all the herrings being thrown at the other guy. The female characters, Joan and Ann, were disturbing in some ways, secretive and illogical in others. Most of the time we don't know their motivations and when we do they are weak and immature. Joan has a penchant for running away when things get hot but yet becomes a homicide detective. She runs from the guy she loves and yet he wants to start something back up 10 years later? Sure there were things that happened in between. But would you risk your heart and son on someone with as many issues as this woman has? Joan's relationship with Elijah was disconcerting. It was a pseudo friendship dancing around suspicion and vigilance. I can't elaborate much on this point without giving away a part of the plot. Ann is annoyingly secretive and a liar by omission. I could not connect in any way with these women. So I really did not care what happened to them. The men in the story were just as lackluster. Gideon, the main male character, felt like a secondary prop. Just there to move the plot along and interaction with Joan. If you think that that romance might add any interest and fire to the story, well there wasn't any. The relationship between Joan and Gideon was as interesting as tuna salad and just as cold. They do make an effort towards the end but by then I didn't care if they got together or not. The epilogue, usually a story saver, was as emotionally charged and riveting as watching my front loader struggle with a load of towels. That is it. This was just not for me but it may be for you especially if you are a Mary Burton fan.

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  • Reggie
  • 02-10-20

Great thriller!

Philadelphia detective, who specializes in arson investigations, is suspended after a high profile case goes bad. When she receives notice that the arsonist, who was responsible for the fire that almost killed her and her college roommate, has been released from prison, Joan decides to head to Missoula, MT to keep tabs. A reunion with her roommate and her college sweetheart, the roommate’s brother, is marred by an arson/murder. With the arson fires escalating, it quickly becomes obvious that not everyone is happy that Joan is back in town and she may be a target! Great thriller that keeps you guessing and leaves you wanting more.

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  • PaigeW
  • 23-11-20

Not my favorite Burton Book

Mary Burton books typically keep me guessing right up until the end.. this one did not. I had it figured out very early on, but kept listening to see how it played out. I think the problem was that this one lacked the suspect options that others typically have, and it didn’t make it as fun to listen to. Good story, I will look forward to a sequel, but not my favorite.

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  • H. Martin
  • 21-11-20

Burn You Twice

This was a good book with a good mystery. I figured out pretty early who the arson was and I was right. Some parts of the book were hard to follow listening to the audio without every reading the book. Sometimes the story would go to a flashback of years earlier but there was no warning. It always took me too much time to realize what was going on and it distracted from the story. Otherwise an enjoyable listen.

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  • Hope C.
  • 12-11-20

great!

love Mary Burton's work! keeps your mind turning. halfway thru then you can't stop listening!

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  • Patsy
  • 11-11-20

Terrible Narration Almost Ruined It

The story isn't all that exciting, but it was okay. Not particularly suspenseful. The narration was terrible. An example is instead of beauty shop, she said "byoo-TEE" shop every.single.time. She over-enunciates many consonants and her emphasis is often on the wrong syllable or word. I would avoid a title with this narrator in the future.

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  • Book Bug!
  • 02-11-20

Good Mystery

I did enjoy this book. I found the subplots just as interesting as the main story. I did figure out who the arsonist was but was guessing for som time. I am looking forward to a follow up book with all that is left open that needs answering.

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  • MM59
  • 24-10-20

Ruined by narration

The story could have been good, if predictable. Truth is, I couldn’t enjoy it because the narration was soooo bad. Clipped and monotonous.

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  • Sophie
  • 19-10-20

interesting plot

I was hesitant at first to continue listening to the book not a fan of people setting fires but the plot n characters kept me interested. narrator is excellent

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  • TLO
  • 18-10-20

Book was just okay

The book was entertaining, but the narration was hard to listen to with the narrators lisp.