Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#MMBBR Review: Smoke by Catherine McKenzie @CEMcKenzie1

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From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.

After a decade-long career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in for a quieter life with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce, and when a fire started in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation. 

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

Catherine McKenzie

A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN and HIDDEN, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. HIDDEN was also a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller. She has also published a novella, SPUN, which is a sequel to SPIN.
Her fifth novel, SMOKE, was published by Lake Union on TODAY. She is currently at work on her sixth novel, which is expected to be published in 2016.
And if you want to know how she has time to do all that, the answer is: robots.
Visit her online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter at @cemckenzie1.


McKenzie has another hit on her hands. In SMOKE you meet two very intriguing characters; Elizabeth and Mindy, who were once friends but an incident broke up their friendship.  McKenzie does a great job of slowly releasing details how how these two woman were once connected, which kept me completely enthralled.  In addition to that, there is a looming fire (which is a mystery to how it was started) that could take everything away from them.  This book is perfectly titled as my fingers were smoking because I was burning through the pages!  Another wonderful novel from a master storyteller. 5 stars



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