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And then the fires start.
Things in the house seem to catch fire spontaneously, with no apparent cause. Each time, Jen sees a mysterious older woman near the scene of the fire, but she always disappears before Jen can catch her. She begins looking into the house's history -- and she also finds herself looking forward to seeing a particular fire captain who shows up with his crew each time they have a fire. With his help, she begins to get to the bottom of the house's mystery. But she runs the risk of seeing her whole life go up in smoke.
Bowersock does a great job of portraying the Stinsons' unraveling marriage. The unexplained fires often seem to be sparked by Robert's explosions of rage, and it's clear -- to this reader, anyway -- that the paranormal energy in the home is feeding off of his anger. I also liked the way Bowersock handled the budding relationship between Jen and Chris, the fire captain.
There's a twist at the very end that I didn't expect, but Bowersock makes it work. She's a wonderful writer, and I very much enjoyed this book.
Originally published at hearth-myth-rursday-reads.blogspot.com. I received an advance copy in return for an honest review.
The story opens with Jen and her jerk of a husband moving into an old home in a small town. An old woman appears in the house just as a fire starts on the stove. Does the ghost want them to leave? Perhaps not. Jen is curious and works to get to the bottom of the mysterious fires that occur with increasing frequency. The fire captain has more than one fire to deal with – the house fires and the physical one burning for an unhappily married Jen.
I liked Jen a lot, and wished that there was a way for the story to continue. Maybe she could be a ghost hunter? In any case, I strongly recommend this book. You will enjoy it immensely.
A quick read - I usually only read before I drift off to sleep at night. I found I was looking forward to bedtime so I could enjoy more of the story. You can't go wrong with this book!