Firewatching, Russ Thomas | Book Review

Firewatching opening line: It starts with the striking of a match: the thin, dry snap of red powder scratched on white.


My blurb:

Lily cannot remember. And she is too afraid to find out the truth. But in order to stop the blackmailing she is going to have to figure it out. What really happened and how is she involved? And while these questions are all she can focus on Adam has a secret of his own. Will confessing affect his ability to do his job? And can he figure out who is the fire watcher is?


A body is found bricked into the walls of a house. From the state of the hands, it’s clear the dead man was buried alive. Soon, the victim is linked to an old missing person’s case and DS Adam Tyler is called.
As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Tyler recognises his role for what it is – a means of keeping him out of the way following an ‘incident’. When this case falls in his lap, he grabs the opportunity to fix his stagnating career.
And then Tyler discovers he has a connection to the case that hopelessly compromises him. He makes the snap decision not to tell his superiors, certain that he and only he can solve the crime. But now Tyler must move carefully to find out the truth, without destroying the case or himself.

Meanwhile, someone in the city knows exactly what happened to the body. Someone who is watching Adam closely. Someone with an unhealthy affinity with fire. . .

My verdict:

I sent this book up to my mom for her to read before I did. She said it was interesting and well written and worth the read. I liked that I could not figure out the plot before the end, making it a total surprise.

Publishing information:
Category: Fiction
ISBN:   9781471180934
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
On sale: April 2020
Format: Paperback

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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4 thoughts on “Firewatching, Russ Thomas | Book Review

  1. This sounds like a book my mother would like too, Tandy. I am reading three books at the same time and it has been a bit disastrous because they are all very long so I had no reviews for this past week.

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