Fast-paced and gripping: My review of When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

Fans of Lynette Eason will love her latest offering! Read on for my review of When the Smoke Clears:

Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2012) 
Book Synopsis as provided by the publisher:

As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.


Words like "intense" and "action-packed" don't even begin to describe When the Smoke Clears, a book I enjoyed from start to finish. The scenes read like a movie, and Eason excells in her descriptions and her fast-paced dialogue. Murder, unknown assailants, gut-wrenching fear - this book will have your pulse racing. And, though this book lies in the category of "romantic suspense", I didn't find the romance to be "over the top" (at least from a guy's perspective!), and as such this book will appeal to a wide variety of readers.  Alexia is a complex character who becomes more and more fascinating as the layers to who she is are peeled away and we glimpse into her past and the person she has become.

Not only does the book entertain with the mystery and suspense, but it also tackles issues of forgiveness and reconciliation as well.The rift between Alexia and her mother is one that is portrayed with sobering realism, as such family issues are all too common in our world. The book leaves you with hope that anything is possible for any of us when the Spirit of God is at work.

I highly recommend this book and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a book that will satisfy on many different levels, then look no further than When the Smoke Clears.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

 About the author:

Lynette Eason
Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, and A Killer Among Us. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.