After my last Nora Roberts book, I was really hesitant about reading Blue Smoke. However, it was just sitting there on my table and well, how could I not even attempt to read it?
Surprisingly, I enjoyed the read. The story takes place over four periods of the main character, Catarina Hale’s life–as a teen, teenager, young adult and adult. The story develops slowly over the years and converges in her adult year.
There were a few scenes wherein the story development was a bit unnatural. For starters, the way Bo (our heroine’s counterpart) kept seeing then missing Reena with the consistency of a k-drama, was a tad unrealistic, to be understating.
As for the plot, as a reader, it was easy to figure everything out that you had to wonder why the Reena couldn’t. When you think from Reena’s point of view, she has had so many years to build some bridges and burn some bridges. She couldn’t have been hung up on every single burnt bridge to be able to solve the puzzle at the snap of her fingers.
Catarina Hale is an inquisitive girl with a backbone and a perfect memory. She knows what she wants and I like that. I liked reading about her family and the interaction between them. Bowen Goodnight’s entry into the story was unnatural and he didn’t really come out as a strong character.
It isn’t sit on the edge of your seat thriller but it was pleasant read.
Goodreads Insert: Reena Hale grew up with an intimate knowledge of the destructive power of fire. When she was a child, her family’s restaurant was burned to the ground, and the man responsible was sent to jail. The Hale family banded together to rebuild, and Reena found her life’s calling. She trained as a firefighter and then as a cop, always with the end goal in sight: to become an arson investigator. Now, as part of the arson unit, she is called in on a series of suspicious fires that seem to be connected-not just to each other, but to her. And as danger ignites all around her, Reena must rely on experience and instinct to catch a dangerous madman who will not stop until everything she loves has gone up in smoke.
Published 30 May 2006