Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The serial arsonist is difficult to apprehend...the evidence is burned up


After working with a humanitarian agency in Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley returns to her parents' home in Pomeroy, New Hampshire.

On her first night home, she observes a car speeding down her country road and later learns that a neighboring home was burned to the ground.

At first, some speculated that this must have been an accident and Frankie spends time with her parents, noticing her father's change in health and memory.

Other fires burn houses of summer residents and a town meeting is called to discuss it. We learn that the town police consists of only one man and the fire department is voluntary. It is brought up that the arsonist is taking aim and the homes of wealthy summer residents. Some of those residents are at the meeting and suggest neighborhood patrols and better security. The permanent residents seem offended and a conflict is seen about how this wealth has changed a quiet town where it didn't seem necessary to lock the doors of a person's home.

Frankie meets Bud Jacobs, owner of the local paper and they begin a romantic relationship. She moves into the house that her sister and brother-in-law were building near Frankie's parents. The house is mostly built and Frankie helps as she stays there but feels alone and often afraid.

I didn't find much suspense with the story but could relate to the description of Frankie's father and mother. We see him become confused and anxious and we see her begin to fear what it will be like to be a care giver for her husband.

The conflict of the book comes from Frankie trying to find direction in her life, knowing it probably won't be in rural New Hampshire, we also have the dilemma of what will become of Frankie's father and finally, the arsonist.  Someone is accused of this crime but most of that is handled behind the scenes.


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5. Ends May 31

This is for an advanced review copy


Laurie C said...

I have an ARC of this book but haven't started it yet. Sue Miller is one of my longtime favorite authors, so I would love to win my own real copy! lauriec AT baystatera DOT com

Unknown said...

thanks for entering the giveaway, Laurie but I hope you noticed that this was also an ARC. If you win it you'll have an extra.

skkorman said...

Thanks for another great review and giveaway, Mike! Amazingly, I have never read a Sue Miller book—your review makes me hope that this one will be my first!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Unknown said...

Hi Sheila,
Nice to read your note. Good luck in the giveaway.

Margie said...

-follower of blog
-read the Amazon review and noted it was helpful. Nice review, hope to read this one.
-mtakala 1 AT yahoo DOT com

Thanks for this giveaway.

Unknown said...

Hi Margie,
Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway, good luck in the drawing.

Unknown said...

Congratulations to Margie as the winner of this giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.

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