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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  6,362 ratings  ·  136 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen turns up the heat in this explosive new psychological thriller. This time a gifted arson investigator teams up with a mysterious operative to stop a killer raging completely out of control...

For Kerry Murphy, the inferno is never far away. The flames of that long-ago night still burn in her nightmares: the heat, the chokin
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Bantam (first published December 16th 2003)
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This one didn't suck me in right away, but after about a chapter, I started really enjoying it. It's part government, part psychic, part serial killer and thriller. Kerry is someone who is currently working as an arson investigator. She's very good at her job; she can pick up impressions from the remains of an arson scene. However, this gift also proves difficult for her as she can not control it if she is personally linked to the crime in any way, and refuses to let anyone teach her. Enter our ...more
There is a proverb...proverb 21: 9 to be exact, that says, it is better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a home with a quarrelsome woman...older versions say contentious woman. And let me tell after reading this book, I realize that is completely true!!

At the beginning with Charlie she seemed to be a nice, reasonable, wily gal. Then enters silver...and I get that he didn't have the most suave entrance...and he did prance around in her mind...I get the whole "I feel violated" bit, b
This book started out good, and I was interested in where the book was going.

However, as soon as Silver came onto the scene Kerry changed. It's not often that I dislike a heroine. I've read numerous different types, and I like them all. I can admire a strong female who likes her independence. But at some point you need to give in to help, and accept that you can't do everything yourself. Kerry bugged me throughout this book. She could get so upset and angry over the littlest thing.

So while I s
I fell fast into involvements between Kerry and Silver who was clearly two nutcases, who are really normal people. In contrast they have their differences but Silver has always a way to manipulate others. Until Kerry. Then both their lives begin quickly to change. Before their meeting, Kerry had been a good fire fighter, now she has turned arsonist investigator with her newly arson trained pup, Sam. Sam is quickly becoming well known in the community as a tough arson dog. Together they try to fi ...more
Jun 18, 2009 Charly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Johansen writes interesting pieces but each that I've read involves a heroine and someone with extraordinary talents or skills. Still in all they are generally a decent read in the "thriller" category.
A wonderfully non-smutty romantic suspense!!! I like mysteries and suspense with a touch of the extra-sensory or psychological thrill! Iris Johansen did a good job with this one.
Book #37 read in 2014

6-17-14: 25% complete
I have no clue what's going on. All the characters are talking in riddles. Hopefully the plot becomes more clear and less of a secret soon.

6-18-14: 40% complete
The story has picked up. I finally got a clue as to the "secret powers" of the characters, and I'm mildly interested in what may happen.

6-19-14: 100% complete
The story did become more interesting, but I was never fully sold on the "abilities" of the characters. I didn't really like them all that m
Anita Truong
2.5 Stars

So here's the problem with rereads: Sometimes they just don't stand up to what seemed like an enjoyable read from the first time around. Not all rereads are disappointing, but this one certainly was.

I've read other Iris Johansen books before and remember finding them good, riveting, intriguing. And if memory serves, I remember liking Firestorm enough to call it enjoyable when I read it for the first time years ago, sometime during the first few years of college. At least I remembered li
i enjoyed this book but there wasnt a great climax at the end. kerry has physic ability due to a coma she was inwhen she was 11. a fire ripped thru thei home and killed her mom. now she works as an arson investigator using a dog to cover her tracks as a phycic. she has a kille ron the loose and a man has come calling to have her help him find the killer. she has to accept her abilities and give into tuning them into finding the killer before he kills her, her family and her lover, silver.
The prologue didn’t necessarily pull me in, but the first few chapters did. For some reason, I always have a hard time getting into books where there’s a big gap of time between the prologue and the first chapter. After a while I was hooked, especially on the paranormal stuff. The paranormal was actually a nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting it.

Silver was an enjoyable character. I don’t know if it’s because he’s full of mystery or because he played the role of a “bad boy” but I do know that there
This is my second Iris Johansen book. I was drawn to her initially because of Pandora's Daughter's opening lines. I was creating a Creative Writing class for high school students at the time, and Johansen's opener was one of the BEST examples I'd seen in a long time. It was like a bolt of sizzling lightening flashing from heaven to my feet. When I started taking up reading voraciously again, I picked up some more of her books. I'm nearly done with TWO of her books. I'll probably copy and paste a ...more
Cj W
What happens when you shut out your deepest darkest memories, while in a coma.
Maybe thats why some people go into coma's in the first place. It's their bodies way of telling them that they can't handle life, or a certain situation, and so it takes them away from it for an extended period of time, and repairs them to either not remember the situation, or gives them some ability to handle the situation before they wake up.

This is what happened to Kerry Murphy. Who fell into a coma for about 2 ye
Jan 06, 2011 Ladiibbug rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Mystery with Psychic Aspects, but not Paranormal

This didn't impress me at all. I quit reading around page 75. Kerry Murphy is an arson investigator who is teamed with Sam, an dog trained in arson investigation. My first "what?" moment came when we find out Sam (the dog) *really* hasn't been able to learn what he needs to know to be an arson dog, but Kerry covers for him. My disenchantment increased after learning that as a child, Kerry was the victim of an intentionally set arson fire that kille
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I listened to this on audio book, and it was an abridged version, but I enjoyed the story.

The main characters Kerry and Silver are interesting and their chemistry, which alternates between "I hate you" and "I'm intrigued by you" is just realistic enough to draw you in.

The story is about fire. There's an insane genius running around killing people with fire that he can actually control, and Kerry and Silver (both of whom are psychic) are working together (when they aren't hating each other) to tr
Sheri S.
This wasn't necessarily a bad book, but it just wasn't a great read for me! I've read several of Iris Johansen's books and I've been sort of disappointed with the last couple of newer ones I've read! I think I like her older writings better, like the beginning Eve Duncan mysteries and the Wind Dancer stories! But, I do like how she continues to connect her stories together with the appearance of intertwining characters, in this instance, President Andreas! And this story was a little different a ...more
There is a degree of paranormal here as both the hero, Silver and Kerry, the heroine have what could be considered psychic powers. Silver has come to accept and use his, Kerry hides hers. While this story was interesting and suspenseful and I loved the inclusion of the psychic elements and how they connect the Silver and Kerry, I could not forgive Silver for his manipulations. Kerry wants absolutely nothing to do with any of it, but Silver always gets what he wants and maneuvers her into doing w ...more
Wendy Anderson
Don't bother. I was able to finish it which is why I gave two stars instead of one. The book was not well written. Character development was weak. Plot predictable. The only interesting character was not a lead character. The concept was good and so much more could have been created. All in All a disappointment.
It was very strange and hard to get into at first only because I wasn't expecting it to be a "sci-fi" kind of story. Once I accepted that it wasn't a true story, it was a good read. Different but suspenseful. Just be prepared for mind control!
Shandi Leonard
Another amazing book by iris. I love how she always brings mystery into her books along with love. In this book I was so intrigued by the story line I couldn't put it down. Not to mention I loved every minute of Sam!!!
I have read many of this author's books but I just couldn't get into the premise or characters in this one. I'm working on the Eve Duncan books and enjoying.
Boring, could not get into it. Two people can get inside the head of an arsonist bent on destroying the world with fire.
Anna Krova
Fascinating and also freaking to have the same talent as Kerry and Brad
Gretchen Stein
Typical Iris Johansen book, suspenseful. Had a dog which I loved.
I thought I was going to love this story. It seemed to have it all: mystery, danger, paranormal skills, and the possibility of some romance. But, I just could not get past the heroine, Kerry Murphy. I get she had a rough time growing up. Is she crazy? Is she not crazy? I don't care because I couldn't stand her! She was awful to Silver. Every time they had a conversation, I felt like turning page because even if he could be kind of a jerk and controlling, he had nothing on her. She was rude and w ...more
Intense, I loved it!
J.S. Meresmaa
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Donna Beard
Excellent book loved the unique twist.
Maggie Shanley
Ok story of two psychics out to capture a firebug with a secret weapon.
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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