Oh my god. I’m losing count. I think this is the fourth one? Five out of five stars again! And it’s a mystery/romance book! You know I don’t read from that genre. But I recently read a romance/suspense book and it turned out to a great reading experience. Oh my god, this book is spectacular.
Most important thing first. I didn’t see any trigger warnings included so heads up. The story deals heavily with child abuse – maltreatment, rape, and a quick reference to prostitution. The book is categorized as a new adult because of the characters’ ages. However, the story is for adult readers. If you generally read young adult books, this is not for you. Not yet. This is not a good transition read for adult books. This has an exceptional story but it is not for everyone.
That being said, let’s jump into it. The story is told alternately by Sophie and Cole in past and present settings. Their flashbacks explain how they were brought to be where they are now. Both their past is dark, colorful but dark. The book had some similar feels to one of my most favorite books of all time, Forbidden. And if you have read that book by Tabitha Suzuma, then you have an idea how dark this book might be.
Cole is the epitome of a smart person. He is academically-gifted but he is more than that. He is rational, logical. He carried them both in all aspects of life, in my opinion. Sophie is intelligent and resourceful. She survived for as long as she did because of those. She may not be living but she is surviving. Cliche but they made each other better and stronger.
With all the intolerable levels of hardship they had gone through, the plot twist was a bomb. I was blindsided. Suffering from suffering was happening and then that plot twist dropped. Oh my god. This book is sensational.
Do not ask me if there is anything I did not like in this book because I do not have any. Are all romance/suspense books like this? This is my first story from that genre, so I have no comparison. But this book, man, it blew my mind.
RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2016
FLASH NEWS: You can get it in digital format for FREE today! I don’t know how long it will be listed as free, get it NOW. Links are provided below.
LINKS: The Fireproof Girl (Sophie Shields, Book 1) by Loretta Lost is available in mass market paperback and e-book format at Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes&Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play Books | Smashwords
My star-rating: Goodreads
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for choosing me to be part of this blog tour.