I am an A.J. Scudiereaholic. There I confess. I was one of the lucky first bloggers to get their hands on her book God’s Eye last year. God’s Eye was when I was hooked and became a fan.
I at the same time received her other books and while I enjoyed them found some issues that made me feel like it wasn’t at the same level. An author like anyone else will grow and improve. A.J. clearly has. Having read all but one of her books I can see how she has gotten better and better. The first two were good but God’s Eye so much better and Phoenix even more so. I loved the mystery, the characters and A.J. has such an easy to read writing style.
Phoenix starts out with a guy Jason, his girlfriend has moved out and taken everything with her. He has a mattress thrown on the floor and rent due that he can’t pay alone. While down in the dumps about that at work as a firefighter he get’s a call where he saves the lives of two little boys. The big hero now with attention he doesn’t want and nightmares that surface resulting in little sleep. What’s a guy to do but go home for some home cooking and R&R. He doesn’t get much as his mother lays some serious news on him. The fire he escaped from at 7 that resulted in him being adopted by her well he didn’t get out alone. He has a brother one he can’t remember. Did the brother live or die? Why can’t Jason remember anything accurately from the fire? Why can’t he remember anything before the fire? A lot of questions with few answers. Hard to leave something like that alone. So with his chiefs help, that of some cop friends and a reporter who has been doing a feature on his heroic life saving act it’s a team effort. What happened to his brother and who set the fire he escaped at 7?
Jason is a guy’s guy no clue about woman, firefighter, everyday guy but decent. He has a lot to deal with all at once which is hard for anyone. The way A.J. wrote this story has you liking him and get’s you hooked in the mystery of the fire and Jason’s past. She’s also done a lot of research into fires and firefighting which ads to the story to make it seem as real as possible.
It’s a great mystery that will have you turning the page to find out what happens with action and great characters to keep you hooked.
As with God’s Eye I highly recommend checking out Phoenix she is a writer to keep an eye on for sure. I for one look forward to her next book already.