Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Trial By Fire" Book Review and Giveaway!

Cara Putman

Her mother's house was first. Then her brother's. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she's next on the arsonist's list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust's path?

Noah can't forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant his father's reputation was ruined. Yet every time the firefighter is near her, he's drawn to her again. The vulnerability she hides under her confident veneer surprises and moves him. Torn between Tricia's safety and his own bitterness, Noah belatedly remembers the first rule of firefighting: don't get burned.

I actually proofed the first 3 or 4 chapters of this book when it was in the beginning stages so I knew the premise of the story, but I didn't know where it was going or how it was going to get there. I just finished reading it last night and I am happy to report that I enjoyed seeing how everything was going to play out. First off I really like these characters, we get to reconnect with Caleb Jamison and his girlfriend, Dani Richards from book #1, Deadly Exposure. Tricia Jamison (Caleb's sister) played a secondary role in that book and now she comes center stage as she and Caleb team up with firefighter Noah Brust to find the arsonist who is targeting her family. Can they find the connection and stop the fires before someone dies?

Along the way Noah learns about forgiveness and Tricia learns that our past can only destroy us in the dark, but the light brings freedom. And people walking in freedom can love better than people controlled by darkness. I loved the way this book wrapped up and I didn't know for sure how this one would end. I'm hoping there is a book #3 coming, but if not I have heard that we might be able to watch for some trade paper backs coming soon from Cara Putman and I am looking forward to those too!
If you would like to win a copy of Trial By Fire then leave a comment telling me if you have read any other books where arson is the leading issue in the book, I found this quite interesting and a fresh idea. Be sure to leave an email address in case you win! Good luck!


Linda said...

No, I haven't read a book where arson is the leading issue in the book, but it sounds intriguing, as I love to figure out who did it.
I would love to be entered for Trail by Fire. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Debbie F said...

I read a Nora Roberts book that was about a woman who investagated fires. It was great!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

rubynreba said...

No, I haven't read books where arson was involved. I've seen TV programs about this and I think a book would be very interesting.

Sherrylinn said...

I think the closest I have come to an arson based plot would be the Sue Grafton book "E is for Evidence"

slcremer at gmail dot com

Cherie J said...

No, I have not read a book where arson was the leading issue in the book. Sounds like an interesting plot and I enjoy Cara's writing.


Gin said...

I read a book by Dee Henderson in the O'Malley series that had arson in the main plot.

sounds like a great book.

Charity said...

I read The Protector by Dee Henderson which deals with an arson. A very interesting plot. Please enter me in the giveaway.
esterried @

Aik said...

I haven't read a book where arson was the leading issue in the book. I'd love to read this one.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

Haven't read any arson books in recent history, cuz I'm not remembering any specific titles!

Would love to read this one, though.

We posted about the giveaway at Winning Readings:

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any books where arson was involved. Thanks for the opportunity to read this one.

karen k

Anonymous said...

I've never read any other books where arson is the focus of the story.

wmmahaney said...

I read a Terri Blackstock series, Newport 911, that has several cases of arson. Loved that series. Would love to win a copy.
wmmahaney at att dot net

Merry said...

I enjoyed a book by Terri Blackstock with arson as a major part of the plot. I'd love to win Cara's new book, it sounds exciting. Thanks!


Hope said...

I read Dee Henderson's "The Protector", which is about a fireman dealing with a serial arsonist. Very good book!

Deb K said...

No I can't say that I have read a book like this but I think that sounds great so please add me!


Cheryl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in this contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Deborah said...

I am ready to read a good suspense/mystery book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Carolynn W. said...

I have seen movies where arson is the leading issue but never read a book about it.

Janna said...

And the winner is...

Cheryl (shryackmom)