Through the Fire by Shawn Grady
Bethany House / 2009
About the book:
Firefighting burns in Aidan O'Neill's blood. The son of a fireman, O'Neill has a sixth sense about fire and often takes dangerous risks. When one act of disobedience nearly gets a rookie killed, O'Neill is suspended. His weeks off are supposed to be a time to reflect but instead he escapes to Mexico, where another rash act of bravery actually kills him. But only for a few minutes.
Called back to Reno, he's now haunted by visions of hell and paralyzed in the face of fire. And at the worst time, because an arsonist is targeting Reno. With a growing love interest with one of the investigators complicating everything, Aidan must discover where his trust rests as the fires creep ever closer.
Through the Fire, Shawn Grady's debut novel, is the first book I've read of his, though I've been wanting to read his books for a while (especially Tomorrow We Die).
I thought the story was good and I was shocked by the ending (did not see it coming at all). I've read some books about firefighters, but not a lot, so I liked that aspect of Through the Fire. A few times the firefighter terms were hard for me to follow; that, and the fact that it took a little bit for me to get into the book were pretty much the only things I didn't like.
The characters were fine, but none of them were real favorites or stand out as ones I really liked. The suspense was good and really picked up towards the end.
Overall, a good book that I enjoyed reading. I look forward to reading more of Shawn Grady's books in the future. If you like books with suspense that also deal with firefighters, I recommend Through the Fire.
*I did not get this book for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*