Fireproof by Alex Kava is another in the Maggie O’Dell series. It is a quick read with a similar format as I found in one of her previous books in this series, Damaged, with several story lines growing parallel and not intersecting. One will be the preparation for the next book. In this story we have the police force finding similarities in a string of fires. Jeffery Cole is a local reporter trying to get that one story that will make him famous.
Maggie is struggling with a head injury and instead of getting medical care, she is trying to “tough it out”. Her character is the tough and self sufficient law enforcement officer who prefers to go it alone. We do find her opening up her life and her home to her recently discovered half-brother. Patrick. He is a welcome addition to this series as a private firefighter. The interaction with Maggie, Patrick and Maggie’s mother was the personal touch this book needed.
Her personal life still suffers. Her maybe, almost, but not really love interest, Benjamin Platt, is a romance that seems to be going nowhere and was a waste of time in this book. Detective Julia Racine played a larger part in this book, becoming more of a main and the politically correct character, taking too much focus off of Maggie.
The story of the serial arsonist kept me guessing with twists and then end left me prepared for her next book.