Page-Turners You'll Devour in One Sitting
Looking for a story
you just can't stop reading? These new releases have plenty of plot twists—along
with writing that astonishes.
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After the Fire
ravages the top floors of the Murchison House, a public housing complex outside
London, and the four lives claimed suggest a story more knotty than arson. Two
of the dead were enslaved prostitutes, and the little girl who died of smoke
inhalation had a curious family, including a father possibly connected to
organized crime. Strangest of all is the racist, conservative MP (member of
Parliament) who dove out a window to his death, sans wallet and cell phone. Veteran
detective Maeve Kerrigan has her theories, which evolve as the victims' life stories
unfold. The story of a domestic violence survivor and her young son is rendered
with the authenticity of searing investigative journalism. The everyday plight
of an elderly widow is brought to life with a complexity you won't soon forget.
There are several references to characters and events from earlier books in the
series—namely Kerrigan's constant stalker, Chris Swain —that
may distract new readers from the already intricate main story. Nevertheless,
Kerrigan is a steadfast hero and narrator who wins the reader's confidence with
her smart, wry sense of humor: "When all else fails, tell the truth."
— Domenica Ruta