Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri
Genres: Fiction, General, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Published by Thomas & Mercer on February 1st 2015
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When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attempts—and two trips to the mental ward—he was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces.With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their preteen daughter, Anna. He's not just dealing with his own demons; there's a world of deadly hurt bearing down on him in the form of the jealous rival he's bested in literature and love, who's determined to see Reece crash…and burn. But a guy like Reece knows how to take the heat. And thanks to his lifelong friendship with fire, he also knows how to bring it.
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Reece Johnston is currently a bestselling author of crime novels. However his life wasn’t always easy and his past has a way of coming back to tap him on the shoulder. When Reece was young, a fire (started by his mother smoking in bed) destroyed his home, burning his mother and brothers alive, but leaves Reece and his father to deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately the fire kindled (pun intended) an unnatural attraction to all things fire for young Reece. After an attempt (or two) at arson and a trip to a psychiatric hospital for a little electroshock therapy, Reece seems to be on his way to a normal life.
Reece had a rocky marriage with Lisa, Ex-Wife/Current Girlfriend/Mother of his child (Anna), but after several years apart they seem to be on the mend. Money is no longer an issue (as a bestselling author with several books under his belt) and he seems to have his pyromania under control. Unfortunately for Reece, he has to deal with Lisa’s former boyfriend and longtime lover, David (also a professional writer).
The characters seemed a bit over exaggerated. Example: Anna treats her dad as a friend and she’s actually a bit rude. She calls her dad “Reecey Pieces” every single time she interacts with him unless he asks her to call him “dad”. She also says “you aren’t my real father” and mocks his career as an author telling him he isn’t really famous. Reece receives it as humor, but it happens so often (every interaction with her) that she comes off as a rude pre-teen allowed to get away with anything.
Even though the characters were a bit over the top, and somewhat annoying, the story itself was fast paced and keeps you guessing. This was one of those books that you just have to read a bit more before putting the book down. I finished it in 2 days because I had to know who was torturing Reece. Was he crazy and doing it to himself? Was his wife a psycho and planning his psychological unraveling? What about the David? Maybe he did it all, if so was he acting alone, or was Lisa also in on it? I don’t want to give away the ending, you will have to read it for yourself. If you can get past some quirky characters with outrageous personalities, this is an entertaining read.
Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 16 novels including THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT RISES, and the forthcoming, EVERYTHING BURNS. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as “…gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting,” while the New York Post called it “Sensational… Masterful… Brilliant!” Zandri’s list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, and Thomas & Mercer, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri’s work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri’s, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the Best Books of 2014. A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular “lit blog,” The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He is a resident of both New York and Florence, Italy.
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