Alex Kava (born Sharon M. Kava in Silver Creek, Nebraska) is the popular American author of psychological suspense novels. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Her books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. She is published in 22 countries and has made the Best Selling Lists of the following countries: Poland, Australia, Germany,the United Kingdom, and Italy. Her latest book, Fireproof: A Maggie O’Dell Novel, is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2012.
A Brief Summary:
When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists they’re looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression. But when special agent Maggie O’Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal.
Jeffery Cole, a reporter looking for his big break, is also at the scene of the crime and decides to make Maggie part of his news piece, digging up aspects of her past that she would rather forget. Maggie’s brother Patrick is also back in DC where he is working for a private firefighting company and is frequently called in as these fires continue to light up around the city.
As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie’s professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously. The killer may be closer than she imagines.
Tension, Suspense, Masterful Twists…Alex Kava’s writing has it all.
This is a fantastic thriller…A syndrome that some of the best selling authors suffer from is that after writing, let’s say 10+ novels, they get lazy; the quality of their writing is not as it used to be and the plots are ordinary. Alex Kava is not like that…The latest installment in Maggie O’Dell series is as refreshing as the earlier ones. The story like usual, starts with a bang: A homeless guy who used to be a high-profile accountant in D.C. area witnesses an arsonist setting fire on a house and dumping a body.
The prospective in which the novel is told from quickly changes afterwards and shifts to Maggie’s view: The police is facing with a series of fires and the identity of the criminal is a mystery.
The absorbed reader follows Maggie throughout the book to find an answer to this mystery: The author finishes the book in a way that at the end we are not sure if we have found out who the real criminal is and we liked this, even though some readers might prefer a clean-cut answer to the mystery part of the novel.
The book is well-written and fast paced and we recommend it to the fans of Kava or readers who like fast-paced novels.
Our Rating: 4.0
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