by Nora Roberts

October 2005
ISBN: 0-399-15306-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Putnam

Nora Roberts has penned a wonderful story with strong main character Reena Hale, who is blessed with a family who loves her and friends who are true. Reena unfortunately also has a twisted killer who is keeping his eye on her, although she’s not aware of the fact for several years. They both share a fascination with fire, though not in the same way.

Reena's life changes on a hot summer evening when she is eleven years old. After watching her family’s restaurant burn and meeting arson investigator John Minger, Reena knows she wants to become a fire cop. The story follows her life through school and career, skipping a few years here and there. Throughout the story we are constantly reminded of the backbone of the Hale family and how they are always there for each other.

Bowen Goodnight doesn’t become involved with her until a good way through the book, but we do see glimpses of him from almost the beginning. The first time they actually meet face to face is my favorite scene in the book – a memorable scene that will leave you smiling.

Though the first half of the book doesn’t move at a fast pace, it is in no way tedious. As we watch Reena grow, and see the people who become part of her life, we also observe the lengths to which the killer will go to hurt her. Blue Smoke is a hauntingly beautiful story of love, in all its many forms, pitted against a ruthless killer who is truly evil.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Jackie.

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