Working Fire by Emily Bleeker

Setting: Broadlands, Illinois
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: August 29, 2017

Ellie Brown left her hometown for med school, but she has to return when her father, a respected fire chief, has a stroke. She and her sister, Amelia, split his care. When she's not caring for her dad, Ellie works as a paramedic in a town she wants to escape.

Ellie's world is shattered when she and her partner are called to the scene of a shooting. Ellie knows the address. It's her sister's house. Both her sister and her brother-in-law have been shot. Ellie now must do everything she can to save her sister's life. At the same time, Ellie wants to get to the bottom of what really happened.

It's no secret that I love to support Lake Union Publishing. Short of a couple of books, everything this publisher releases has been outstanding reads. Working Fire is emotionally charged from the start. It's clear that there's more to Amelia's story than meets the eye, but it's presented in a natural way. You find out clues as Ellie stumbles across them or Amelia reveals things in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

Most of Working Fire is best categorized as general fiction, but there clearly is the mystery involved in who shot Amelia and her husband. When that's revealed, I felt the same shock as Ellie. I liked being that drawn into the story.

The fast pace and enjoyable characters kept me hooked. I won't say that every chapter thrilled me. There were a few aspects that I didn't like, but, Emily Bleeker's story still had me hooked.


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