Blue Smoke Hardcover – 4 Oct 2005
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I now have several bookshelves full of her material.
This book I rate as one of her best, though there are so many good ones she has written, it is difficult to rate them at all! Characters are all good, storyline rings true, spanning a number of years.
The book is basically divided into two parts. The first part deals with Reena's 'backstory' and picks out various sections of her life starting from the age of 11, and then featuring when she is 18, 22 and 25. The second half carries on from the present day when she is 31. This means that Reena doesn't meet the hero Bo til over half way through the book, giving the romance a forced and rushed feeling to me.
The suspense in the book wasn't up to Ms Roberts usual standards. By page 20 you can guess who the protaganist is. Normally, this doesn't present a problem, Ms Roberts has employed this type of tactic before ~ in the excellent Three Fates and The Reef ~ and yet she was unable to maintain and crank up the tension through the book.
The main characters and supporting cast were all present ~ and yet I didn't care about them at all ~ with the exception of the hero Bo Goodnight ~ Ms Roberts certainly writes great hero's. Reena's Italian family felt like they came straight out of Central Casting ~ and were curiously flat.
Finally, the whole tone of the book and the writing style was very reminiscent of J.D.Robb (Ms Roberts alter ego). There were lots of One. Word. Staccato. Sentences. and the style was quite harsh. I kept expecting Eve Dallas to come barrelling round the corner to save the day!
Disappointed but looking forward to the next ~
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.
I really enjoyed this book. I had never read Nora Roberts before, but I already have two others lined up. Catarina Hale first experiences fire when to get revenge, Joe Pastroelli burned down the Hale family restaurant, Siricos. Pastroelli is taken off to jail, in front of the neighbourhood and his own son. Having experienced the adrenaline fire produced, Reena trained up on the arson unit in Baltimore. Yet someone is out to get revenge on her - setting fire to all around her, from buildings to lovers. We follow Reena as she tries to second guess the man tormenting her and prevent her whole life, herself including, going up in smoke.
This book had me gripped right from the beginning and by the end, with so much excitement on the last few pages, I could not put this book down. Never did I get bored. I was hooked, and trying to work out the arsonist's next move too. The anticipation of finding out what was to burn was intense.Read more ›
Another book to take a look at if you want to: Cry From The Grave Very enjoyable mystery crime.
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I've read lots of Nora robert's book's it' her best so far lost lots of sleep just had to read it to the end,will read it again.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer