Saturday, May 26, 2012

Count to Ten - Karen Rose

Book Blurb:
In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires—devastating, vicious, and, in one case, homicidal. He has another problem—his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined.

Mia's instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victim's tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster's desire for death and destruction is unquenchable...and for Mia he's started the countdown to an early grave.

In My Own Words:
Coming back from her "time off" to find herself caught up in a case that will take all of her will, and sass to get through it.  Reed Solliday is pretty sure the last thing he needs in his life is a new partner, especially if that partner is a bossy, sassy know it all like Mia Mitchell that has a huge chip on her shoulder and enough guilt to sink the Titanic.  When the fires start getting bigger and the body count starts to add up, the only thing this new duo can do, is work together to figure out what is going on...while trying to stay away from each other as attraction is also magnetic.  When they start getting to close to the truth, Mia finds herself the center of the monster's sights.  Can they figure it out before one of their own family is killed, and before Mia gets caught by the very man she is hunting.

Notable Quote:
She drew in a breath. "I want to formally state my opposition to this stupid plan."
Spinnelli nodded. "Formally noted. Do it anyway."

Another heart stopping story by Karen Rose.  I have come to understand that I will probably not sleep well at night when I read her books.  She has a way of writing, that puts you in the midst of the craziness.  I enjoyed this book, it didn't take long to figure out who was the fire bug, and I wasn't sure when the book started if I could follow it.  When it started and throughout the book, you switch between story lines, and at first, I wasn't sure there was much connection, and that kind of threw me a little, but once the puzzle pieces were trickling in, I completely enjoyed it.

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