Tuesday Intro: Smoke by Catherine McKenzie

imageThis week, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. I really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading a book that has been on my Kindle for what seems like forever, Smoke by Catherine McKenzie.  I read another of her books last year, Hidden, and really enjoyed it so am hoping the same positive response here.  This is what Smoke is about…

25317381.jpgAfter a decade-long career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in for a quieter life with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce, and when a fire started in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation.

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

And here’s how it starts…

Smoke. Everything about it had always meant away to her, so now that she was safe at home, it was a smell that didn’t track.

But it was smoke she smelled—green campfire smoke—tugging at her consciousness, telling her to wake up, wake up, wake up!

Elizabeth’s eyes opened. Ben was snoring softly beside her, out like the dead as he always was, and despite everything.

The tang of smoke was both stronger and fainter now that she was half-awake, and she wasn’t sure if she’d dreamt it. She knew she should get up to check, but she hesitated, like you do in the middle of the night when you think you might have left the oven on.

What do you think – would you keep reading?

Emma

12 comments
  1. This is a new to me title. It sounds pretty good from the intro.

    1. I have only read one other but I think she’s a pretty well known author…it’s shaping up well so far!

  2. The opening paragraph pulled me right in. I’d like to keep reading.

    1. It does doesn’t it. I was gripped.

  3. I loved this book! Intense and engaging, I couldn’t stop reading. Hope you love it, too. Here’s mine: “THE EXCELLENT LOMBARDS”

    1. I remember reading about it on your site…it’s just taken me that long to get round to reading it – too many books on the darn kindle is the problem.

  4. Yes liking this one – arson is a little different to most of the crimes I read after all!

    1. Ha, ha, ha, so true…not that arson is a laughing matter!

  5. I LOVED this book. Hope you do too!

    1. So far I’m loving it…hope it stays that way.

  6. I’ve got this on my stacks. Need to get to it soon.

  7. I like the sound of this one. I’d keep going.

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