Smoke by Catherine McKenzieSmoke by Catherine McKenzie

Smoke

byCatherine McKenzie

Paperback | October 20, 2015

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From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.

After a decadelong career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in her former life for a quieter one with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce and a fire in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who has lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation.

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

Catherine McKenzie is the bestselling author of Spin, Arranged, and Forgotten and the novella Spun. Her novel Hidden became a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Book World bestseller. A graduate of McGill University with degrees in history and law, she lives and practices law in Montreal. Visit her online at catherinemckenzie.com, on F...
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Title:SmokeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1503945650

ISBN - 13:9781503945654

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read I came across this book during the campaign #ReadTheNorth and I happened to be in Northern Ontario at the time. This book is about a woman Elizabeth pondering her decisions by her career her life and her future. It's a beautiful read filled with the need to question to accept what is now or to challenge and know what is important and what to explore to go for the gut instinct or to settle. It's captivating, suspenseful and brilliant. A definite MUST #ReadTheNorth
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smoke was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I recommend to one and all. On more than one occasion, while reading Smoke, I found myself remarking that Catherine McKenzie’s writing style was very reminiscent of the talented Jodi Picoult. The writing in Smoke is intelligent and thoughtful, yet equally simple and light, which lends remarkably well to an easy and enjoyable read. As with her previous novels, Catherine McKenzie has eloquently and realistically captured the complicated and messy human emotions that consume and guide our thoughts and actions. The characters are complex and authentic, good-intentioned yet flawed, as we all are, and I think that this is one of the reasons Catherine McKenzie’s novels keep readers coming back for more. I know that this is what brings me back each and every time. Smoke was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I recommend to one and all.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smoke The different human factor and experiences are explored by this author in all her novels.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fifth novel from McKenzie I've been a fan of Catherine McKenzie from her first book. She's just released her fifth novel - Smoke. Each of the previous four books have been completely different reads - I never know what to expect when I start one of her books. But what I do know is that I'm going to enjoy it. Elizabeth fought wildfires as a profession for over ten years, travelling to where she was needed. Its taken a toll on her personal life though. So, now she stays put, living with her husband in a quiet mountain town in the Rockies. Instead, she works as an investigator for the town's attorney. But when an out of control fire threatens the entire town, her skills as an arson investigator are called into play again. Elizabeth's ex-friend Mindy is also worried about the fire. She knows something is 'off' with her teenage son - and has been for quite a while. And whether or not she wants to admit it, she wonders if he might have had something to do with starting the fire. Smoke is told in alternating chapters from both women. I really enjoy dual narrative novels - a second look at a same event and/or two stories that will intersect farther down the road as more is revealed. Although the fire is the stage for the novel, there's much more to Smoke. The personal lives of Elizabeth and Mindy are explored - motherhood, friendship, love, marriage and secrets. While Elizabeth is the 'lead' character, I found myself more drawn to Mindy. I didn't like Elizabeth's secret keeping from her husband - and her justification for those choices. Mindy has made some questionable choices as well, but I was more inclined to forgive her. Her 'redemption', if you will, appealed to me more. McKenzie does a great job of creating a 'mean girls' group that Mindy hangs out with. (But I do want to know what happened to the siphoned library money?) The petulant and aggressive teens are also well drawn. The mystery of who started the fire runs through the entire book of course. I did have the 'whodunit' sussed out before the end, but quite enjoyed the journey to the final reveal. The fire, the methods used to fight it and the mindset of a firefighter were well researched and believable. I'm always intrigued by cover choices and titles. I'm not overwhelmed with this cover, but the title made me think of the old adage - "Where there's smoke, there's fire." And its applicable in so many ways to much of the plot line and many of the characters in Smoke. Smoke is another engaging, easy read from McKenzie. Those who enjoy contemporary women's fiction with a touch of mystery will enjoy Smoke.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST YET Her best work yet, I was utterly captivated by this tale. A story woven through the viewpoints of a few characters, which I personally always enjoy, I loved the entirety of this novel. The book just made complete sense in every way, from the characters personalities and development in the story to the denouement of the story itself. A pure pleasure to read, I found myself making every excuse to pick it back up as soon as possible!
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST YET Her best work yet, I was utterly captivated by this tale. A story woven through the viewpoints of a few characters, which I personally always enjoy, I loved the entirety of this novel. The book just made complete sense in every way, from the characters personalities and development in the story to the denouement of the story itself. A pure pleasure to read, I found myself making every excuse to pick it back up as soon as possible!
Date published: 2015-10-21