"powerfully written terse tale"
Near New York City, the Hidden Cove Fire Department
responds to the dangerous Sinco fire. Three Malvaso
firefighting siblings become trapped inside, but
ultimately are rescued. Jenny insists that she, Mitch and
Zach pledge to change their messed up personal lives as
each one realizes how close to death they came.
Six months later, the three remain on the job, but carry
mental scars from the Sinco fire. The vow has not been
Jenn tells her platonic duplex house partner Grady
O'Connor that she wants his baby through artificial
insemination. She refuses to marry as she failed at that
once. Grady also has relationship problems that haunt him.
Zach wants to remarry his ex wife Angela, who he treated
very badly. He feels jealous when she goes on a date with
an assistant principal. However, he is spending quality
time with his two preadolescent sons.
Mitch remains in an ugly marriage for the sake of his two
teenage children. Newly arrived Detective Megan Hale
suggests to Mitch that they need to start a camp to help
the children of deceased emergency workers. He loves the
idea, but worries about his attraction to Megan.
Though the multiple subplots can be overwhelming at times,
readers will appreciate the powerfully written terse
emergency situations. The Malvasi clan and the other key
characters, except Mitch's out of control wife, seem
genuine in and out of emergency scenarios. Kathryn Shay
pays homage to rescue workers with this exhilarating tale
that demands a sequel starring Zach.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 25, 2003