The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost
(Sophie Shields, #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2016
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance
Abandoned at birth, Sophie Shields grew up in abusive foster homes, escaping into books and computers for solace. When the constant danger became too much to bear, she ran away, thinking she could survive on her hacking skills alone.
That was until she met Cole Hunter. He became the only person she could trust: her family, her friend, her partner-in-crime. Her everything. After struggling through college and starting their lives together, she believed that nothing could ever tear them apart.
Until it did.
And she’ll do everything in her power to fix what is broken. If it isn’t too late…
When Cole was nine years old, he watched his whole family burn to death in a house fire. Fueled by years of obsession, he started one of the world’s leading architectural firms, with a mission to design homes resistant to fire, earthquakes, floods, and every threat known to man.
Sophie was his secret weapon. She was his purpose. Since they were teenagers, he was determined to build a better life for her, so she could finally be safe, and they could be together.
But disaster has always followed Cole around, ripping away everything he loves. This time, if he isn’t careful…
His enemies might just take him down.
This is one of those books where the back story is dealt out incrementally, and the reader is always slightly unsettled and unsure of what the truth is.
This is also something of a multilayered story. You have the obvious story arc of finding out what happened to Cole. But there is a more subtle narrative around loneliness, friendship and family.
Yes, there are elements of this story that are a little jarring – and Zack is a big part of that – I was waiting for the other shoe to drop about him throughout the entire story. I’m still not sure what to make of him.
Overall? This is a well written, touching and at times, emotional story. I have immediately put the others in the series on my wish list.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
USA Today bestselling author Loretta Lost writes to experience all the love and excitement that can often be lacking from real life. She finds it therapeutic to explore her issues through the eyes of a different person. She hopes to have a family someday, but until then her characters will do nicely.
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