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Smoke by [Catherine McKenzie]
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Smoke Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 604 ratings
Part of: The Catherine McKenzie Collection (4 Books)

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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Elizabeth Martin had dedicated a decade to fighting fires and investigating arson prior to settling down with her husband, Ben Martin, in a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. A human-caused forest fire unsettles her and the other residents, and over the course of six days, Elizabeth helps review the evidence and protect the town, meanwhile attempting to salvage her marriage and rekindle a relationship with her former best friend, Mindy Mitchell. Who is the arsonist? John Phillips, a 67-year-old widow who has lost his foreclosed home to the blaze? Tucker Wells, a high-school student who frequently loiters on Phillips’s property with his gang? Angus Mitchell, Mindy’s teenage son and Tucker’s classmate, who knows (but won’t tell) what actually occurred the night the fire started? A fiery, suspenseful story inspired by a similar crisis the author’s close friend experienced, McKenzie’s fifth novel assesses the flame resistance of bonds shared by family, friends, and community. Pages keep on turning, questions keep on burning, as Smoke wafts up from between the covers to consume readers. —Nicole Misic


Named by Amazon a Best Book of 2015

Named by Goodreads a Best Book of October 2015

Smoke has everything Catherine McKenzie's fans will want from her new novel—beautiful pacing, a thick plot, suspense, characters you'll love, and intricate relationships. In other words, everything that'll keep you turning pages.” —Bustle

“With a deft, sure hand, Catherine McKenzie explores the complicated and sometimes conflicting ties of friendship and family. Immensely readable and emotionally resonant.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

“Coupled with strained relationships and family dynamics, Catherine McKenzie captivates the reader with her fluent writing, which is vivid and evocative, yet effortless to read.” —Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby

“Catherine McKenzie’s Smoke is a marvel, a mystery that portrays relationships with subtlety, small-town life with precision, and reveals the world of the fire obsessed—for evil and for good. Smoke smolders with tension, sizzles with intelligence, and you won’t put it down until the air has been cleared and the last page turned.” —Robin Black, author of Life Drawing

Smoke is an exquisitely composed portrait of people in an extreme situation, navigating the metaphorical fires they’ve created and a literal one they need to contain. I fell in love with these shades-of-gray characters and their authentically portrayed need for change and relief. Commercial fiction at its finest.” —Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy and The Moon Sisters

“Catherine McKenzie’s Smoke is as hot as the wildfire that serves as the novel’s backdrop. As one couple tries to sort through their issues, temperatures rise until the air is clouded with mistrust, and blame runs amok through an entire community, leaving her characters no choice but to fight for what—and whom—they love. This is domestic drama at its best!” —Kathryn Craft, author of The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy

Smoke is a sizzling page-turner with wonderfully flawed and human characters and a riveting plot portraying both the terror and the attraction of playing with fire. So engrossing and real it will leave the reader smelling smoke on their clothes, this is Catherine McKenzie’s best book yet.” —Kathleen McCleary, author of Leaving Haven

“McKenzie’s mesmerizing page-turner about a raging forest fire that may—or may not—conceal a crime will keep you up way past bedtime. Part mystery, part roller-coaster read about secrets and trust and the complexities of marriage and friendship, Smoke is guaranteed to stimulate lively book club discussion.” —Barbara Claypole White, award-winning author of The In-Between Hour and The Perfect Son

“Smoke is an engaging and readable novel for those who enjoy suspenseful women’s fiction.” —Authorlink

“In Smoke, Catherine McKenzie nimbly delivers believably flawed characters, a plot layered with broken trust, suspense, secrets, and spot-on pacing. Smoke beautifully meshes mystery, complex relationships, and a love story that will keep readers turning pages and generate thought-provoking book club discussions.” —New York Journal of Books

“A deftly crafted novel that is a thoroughly absorbing read from beginning to end, Smoke showcases author Catherine McKenzie’s truly impressive storytelling talents. An exceptional entertainment from first page to last.” —Midwest Book Review

Product details

  • Publication Date : October 20, 2015
  • Print Length : 352 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • File Size : 2233 KB
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (October 20, 2015)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 604 ratings