Smoke by Catherine McKenzie 


A Goodreads Best Book of October, 2015. Named by Amazon as one of the top 100 books of 2015.

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 decade-long career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in for a quieter life 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 when a fire started 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 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. 


Elizabeth is now an arson investigator after years of being a fire fighter. She hopes this will ease the strain on her marriage. A forest fire is threatening her town and her ex-friend’s son is the primary suspect.  This  investigation leads to many discoveries, not only about fires, but about life and family. 

This story captured me from the beginning. Elizabeth and her husband, Mindy and her family are such great characters and the story wrapped around their lives and kept me completely absorbed. 

I learned a lot about fighting forest fires in this book. I love when story teaches me something..anything,  even if I never knew I wanted to know. 

Several years ago I was fortunate enough to win an autographed copy of Catherine Mckenzie’s first book Spin. I fell in love with her writing. And her writing has changed over the years, from chick lit to literary fiction, and she is still one of my all time favorite authors. 

 I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review. 




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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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5 Responses to Smoke by Catherine McKenzie 

  1. macjam47 says:

    I’m so glad you are a fan of Catherine’s. I thought SMOKE was her best book yet.

  2. mrsjfk1501 says:

    Thanks, Reeca!! I will have to check it out!!! It sounds pretty good!!!

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