Rating: 2.5 stars
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Miles Tucker is an arson investigator, and the case he’s sent on raises his hackles. Miles knows immediately that something is off with the case, and when another fire and murder strikes even closer to home, he knows they have to be connected. A little digging shows several eerily similar crimes spanning the past twenty years. One in particular catches Miles’ attention, and he goes to talk with the sole survivor, Devin Treadwell.
Twenty years ago, Sebastian was adopted by the Treadwell family, but Sebastian is not a normal boy, and his fascinations border on psychopathy. Devin managed to escape, but Sebastian can’t let him go. And as Miles pieces together the clues, he knows he has to keep Devin safe. Or no one is going to make it out alive.
So the premise of this one caught my interest, and I was looking forward to reading it. However, after a gripping prologue, the story failed to keep me engaged. This story moves at a breakneck speed, with tons of information magically appearing, dropping into the story, and then the characters move on. Honestly, there was just too much going on here for the short amount of words, and with nothing fully developed, it just didn’t work for me.
There are three main characters. With Miles as the arson investigator, his story is firmly rooted in the present. But the author takes us back in time with both Sebastian and Devin taking over the narrative as well. And then, in the final chapter, all three men give us their present day POV. This didn’t work very well for me, and it was mostly down to things being unbelievable. In the past, Devin is six, but acts far older. Not to mention, having Sebastian’s POV diminishes things for me. I don’t want to say too much here, but knowing what he’s thinking and feeling makes it difficult to be shocked or surprised by what goes on. In fact, I felt removed for the intensity that should have been there. And that was actually what I felt throughout this whole story. Removed. I’m not sure if it was the writing itself or the pace at which things happened, but I just didn’t feel engaged.
So the pace here was my biggest problem. There were some big themes here. Huge, in fact. Monumental even. But nothing was explored at all. Just touched upon and then moved past. Information seemed to fall into these guys laps after a second of looking, and it just wasn’t realistic at all. On top of that, Miles is an arson investigator, but he and his partner were acting like police detectives. I could go on and on, but the details here just didn’t track at all. If things had been drawn out and explained, then perhaps it would have worked better for me. But as it was, everything happened way too fast and it was just unbelievable.
As for the romance? Well all I’ll say about that is the romance barely had any page time, and the connection between the characters was nonexistent. Again, that could be due to the pacing, but it didn’t work for me at all.
This book had tons of potential, and the storyline could have been absolutely gripping. But it failed to deliver in just about every aspect for me. The plot points were hardly developed, and the characters were little more than stereotypes and two-dimensional. There just wasn’t enough substance to keep me involved, which is a shame because it could have been riveting. I’m sorry to say it, but I can’t recommend this one