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Firewatching by Russ Thomas

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

Someone is setting fire to Sheffield. It starts with small things – dustbins and abandoned sheds so people don’t notice at first. But the calling card is there if you look for it.

Soon the fires spread to offices, homes, people. The Firewatcher’s followers are growing and they have one particular blaze in mind – one that the police would do well to pay attention to.

But DS Adam Tyler is distracted by a case, one that he is unknowingly connected to. And if he can’t discover the link between the fires and himself, he will burn – along with the entire city.

My Thoughts

Someone is ready to burn Sheffield but the police is much more interested to investigate a body that has appeared related to a cold case. Will the city burn before the police catch the arsonist? Of course you’ll have to read the book if you want to know all the answers! 😉
The story is told in a very curious way, a disgraced police officer that has been relegated to investigate cold cases is needed after discovering a clue in one of his cases. This could be the chance he was searching to make a point with his superiors and be respected again. The only problem? He has a connection with the main suspect and if anyone discovers it, this will burn him forever…
The story is like a bonfire… beginning with a small spark and then the big fire! You can feel the pressure and combustion all the story, there’s the mysterious arsonist who writes some inflammatory posts on the internet and that is gaining followers with each post. And then there’s DS Adam Tyler, an homosexual police officer who is too scared to let any feeling affect him and is more a “robot” than a person. Or at least that’s what he likes to share with the people around him, I suppose is much more easier after listening some of the pearls his co-workers say about him!
I was surprised with this story, the insight with the police work and all the relations between the officers, it was like being part of the team! And at the same time it makes the case more real, the characters human and the killer more scary!
The book touches so many important tabu themes that the list is too long to comment all of them, to sum up it makes you wonder what type of person do you want to be. The one that let the world be against you or the one who searches for allies to fight the world?
Ready to watch the fire?

About The Author

Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He grew up in the 80s reading anything he could get from the library, writing stories,
watching large amounts of television, playing videogames, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He spent five years trying to master playing the electronic organ and
another five trying to learn Spanish. It didn’t take him too long to realise that he’d be better off sticking to the writing. After a few ‘proper’ jobs (among them: pot-washer, optician’s receptionist, supermarket warehouse operative, call-centre telephonist and storage salesman) he discovered the joys of bookselling, where he could talk to people about books all day.
His debut novel Firewatching is the first book in the DS Adam Tyler series.