The Fireproof Girl
by Loretta Lost
(Sophie Shields, #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2016
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance
Abandoned at birth, Sophie Shields grew up in abusive foster homes, escaping into books and computers for solace. When the constant danger became too much to bear, she ran away, thinking she could survive on her hacking skills alone.
That was until she met Cole Hunter. He became the only person she could trust: her family, her friend, her partner-in-crime. Her everything. After struggling through college and starting their lives together, she believed that nothing could ever tear them apart.
Until it did.
And she’ll do everything in her power to fix what is broken. If it isn’t too late…
When Cole was nine years old, he watched his whole family burn to death in a house fire. Fueled by years of obsession, he started one of the world’s leading architectural firms, with a mission to design homes resistant to fire, earthquakes, floods, and every threat known to man.
Sophie was his secret weapon. She was his purpose. Since they were teenagers, he was determined to build a better life for her, so she could finally be safe, and they could be together.
But disaster has always followed Cole around, ripping away everything he loves. This time, if he isn’t careful…
His enemies might just take him down.
Sophie, an orphan, abandoned at birth by her parents, is a CIA agent and an excellent code breaker, who lives in Washington DC with her boyfriend Zachary. One day she reads in the newspaper that, Cole, another homeless child, adopted by same foster parents as hers, who she has not met in years, is dead. She decides go back to California where, Cole lived to find out who his murderer is.
The best part about this novel is the way it describes the emotions of homeless children. The hardships they face, and how they have to become an adult much before they actually reach that age is beautifully expressed. Their indomitable strength and courage to face the world alone, is well conveyed, time and again through different portions of the novel. I also liked the writing style of this novel, i.e, this novel does not only tell the story through two point of views, but this story also happens to revolve around two year frames, 2003 and present. Moreover the love story of Cole and Sophie is not only beautiful but also unique, it charmingly showed that love can’t be diminished by distance or time.
Now coming to the bad points about this novel. I found this novel to lack details at certain parts. Another thing about this novel, I didn’t like is that, it didn’t really unravel the mystery of Cole’s murder. This novel is deficit of that final showdown, like when the murderer admits the crime, this book does not have anything of that sort. Moreover, I found the climax to be a bit hasty.
I would say, that, because this novel is a part of a series, so I believe that the problems I found about this novel would get sorted in the next novel, which promises to provide more information about the person who shot Cole.
Overall I would recommend this book to all romance lovers and mystery lovers who are fans of series novels.
LIFE AT 17 RATING:
(-1 for lack of details at few parts and a hasty climax)
*I got this book from Xpresso Book Tours through the Review Opportunity.*