Saturday, January 20, 2018

Working Fire (Review)

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When I’m Gone comes a compelling novel of a bond between sisters, tested by tragedy…

Ellie Brown thought she’d finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who’s busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie’s days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she’d hoped never to see again.

Until a 911 dispatch changes everything. The address: her sister’s house. Rushing to the scene, Ellie discovers that Amelia and her husband, Steve, have been shot in a home invasion. After Amelia is rushed to the hospital, Ellie tries to make sense of the tragedy. But what really happened inside her sister’s house becomes less and less clear. As Amelia hangs on in critical condition, Ellie uncovers dark revelations about her family’s past that challenge her beliefs about those closest to her…and force her to question where her devotions truly lie.
Working Fire
Emily Bleeker
Pub Date: 8/29/17
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3/5
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Emily Bleeker's Working Fire takes readers into the lives of Amelia and her much younger sister, Ellie. Both have made sacrifices to care for their ailing father, but it's not enough to keep the past from catching up with them all.

Ellie, a paramedic who gave up medical school to come back home, gets a call that takes her rushing to her sister's home in the middle of the night. She finds that Amelia and her husband, Steve, have been shot in what looks like a home invasion. The police get involved and it seems that multiple people have been keeping secrets that are close to being exposed. Ellie, however, will not rest until the truth is out and she finds whoever hurt her sister.

This story is built on kept secrets and how we don't always know people as well as we might think, even those who are closest to us. Told in multiple perspectives taken from past and present, Working Fire takes readers into a deep web of mystery that quickly unravels. It rolls along at a steady pace that makes just enough room for all the drama and heartbreak that fills the pages. The characters are filled with lingering hopes for the future that make them all the more realistic.

With a mix of suspense and family conflict, Working Fire is perfect for fans of Kerry Lonsdale and Eliza Maxwell!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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