In the dead of night, three raging fires light up the city skies. It’s more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before.
Because this is no firestarter seeking sick thrills, but something more chilling: a series of carefully calculated acts of murder..
I was drinking
Well, according to my pals in the police, just copious amounts, whether it's a cuppa or a beer!
In my opinion
I had not met DI Helen Grace before, but that was not a problem, as even though her character is developed during the course of the story, it is secondary to the plot, and indeed the plot fair races along, with twists & turns, red herrings & frustration.
MY Arlidge is not afraid to face the realities of these terrible fires, and his descriptions can be uncomfortable. He writes in an extremely visual way, hardly surprising then to find that he writes for television productions and I could easily see this story being made into a tv series.
I was reading this book over the Christmas period, and would find myself sneaking off to read one more ( of the very short) chapters , and right up to the shocking final few pages was left wanting more.