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Maura

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  • Fireproof: A Maggie O’Dell Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alex Kava
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When an abandoned warehouse in Washington, D.C., bursts into flames on a cold winter night, the first investigators on the scene instantly spot similarities to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists the murder is an isolated incident, concluding that the culprit must be a bored young man suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out anger and sexual aggression. But when Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is called in, everything she sees indicates that this is the work of a dangerous and calculating criminal.

    Maura says: "Abrupt ending - it's like half a book"
    "Abrupt ending - it's like half a book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would read it because I've been enjoying the entire series, but I would not recommend it as a standalone book. The ending leaves the reader completely hanging, waiting for the next book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really like the character of Maggie O'Dell and was hoping to see a lot of character development in this installment of the series, but the book feels really incomplete to me. Kava starts many storylines that she just leaves hanging, and the one that does get tied up (the identity of the arsonist) is done completely abruptly and for no explicable reason through an unexpected confession by the perpetrator.


    Was Fireproof worth the listening time?

    I couldn't believe when the music started playing to indicate that the novel had ended. It felt like we were barely 3/4 of the way through a story arc. One storyline was wrapped up abruptly and for no reason, almost as if Kava had a deadline or the publisher arbitrarily decided to split the book in two. So, it was worth the listening time, but I expected five more hours when it came to an end.


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