Author: Sarah-Jane Collins
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 352
Date of Publication: January 23, 2024
My Rating: 3 Stars
When a catastrophic wildfire suddenly rips through a woman’s hometown, she thinks she is lucky to have survived...until she finds a dead woman in her driveway, clutching a piece of paper with her name on it....
Alison is alive. She rode out the fire on the damp tiles of her bathroom, her entire body swaddled in a wet woolen blanket. The flames crackled around her, the bitter char of eucalyptus settling in the back of her throat. The wildfire devastated the Victoria countryside she calls home, and when Alison creeps out of her hiding place, she spots a soot-covered cherry red car in her driveway, and in it, a woman. She finds the woman’s bag. An Simone Arnold. A piece of Alison’s full name and address. But why?
As Alison searches for answers across Australia’s harsh landscape, she soon learns that the fire isn’t the only threat she’s facing....
Alison King, in the wake of a terrible firestorm, finds a woman in her driveway. A dead woman. What is more is the woman in possession of a piece of paper with Allison's name on it. As Alison barely survived the firestorm that claimed dozens of life, she has a very different fight ahead of her. This all has to do with whatever connection there was to the woman in the car.
In her desperation, Alison goes through the victim's wallet and learns of the victim's name. Definitely someone she had never met before. Alison cannot let things go. She is determined to find out how the woman ended up in her driveway, and whether or not she died as a result of the wildfire. From desperation to determination, Alison will go to any lengths necessary to get to the bottom of things.
As this book is set in Australia, wildfires are nothing new. So that as the setting in this book was interesting. As a debut novel, I think Sarah Jane-Collins did a good job with this first book. There were areas of frustration for me as a reader, but this in no way lessens the respect I have for anyone talented enough to bring their dream of writing a book to completion.
Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.