The stories of a fireman and two teenaged arsons converge in this dark and dramatic thriller. Fires by Tom Ward is immensely symbolic, as the characters dance around each other much like fire. With touches of Fahrenheit 451 sprinkled through the story, you’ll feel terrified of the flames just like the characters. There’s nothing better than a story that can divulge such emotions and use fire as a character in and of itself.
When a fireman by the name of Guy realizes that a fire he is headed to put out is one that is engulfing his own home, he panics, his wife and child are in the house. When he arrives at the fire, it’s too late, and his family has perished. Now, Guy feels guilt and hatred toward whoever started the fire and ruined his happy family life.
Soon, we meet Alexa and Nathan, who take it upon themselves to destroy the ugly old dilapidated houses in the area, with none other than fire. As Guy hones in on the arsons, we see the characters shift their mentalities completely, and when the ending comes barrelling down at you, you won’t know which way is up.
This book was so cleverly written, and so fast and easy to read that I couldn’t put it down. I’m not used to reading books about fire, but it kept my attention completely. I adored this book from the very first chapter, Guy is a man who you could tell loved his family, and would do anything to seek revenge for their wrongful deaths. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, really beautifully written, and I love the cover. Thank you to the author for sending me this book.