If you are looking for an adventure novel with mystery, intrigue, romance, and a lot of angst, then look no further than Out of the Flames by Stacy Lynn Miller. This is Ms. Miller’s debut novel, and if this book is any indication, I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of her work.
This particular story begins almost as a flashback telling the reader about a traumatic and life-changing event in the main character’s teenage years. It then moves forward twenty years to present day when the main character, Manhattan Sloane, is now a San Francisco Detective. She and her partner become involved in a narcotic investigation that will forever affect the lives of Sloane, her wife and stepdaughter, her partner Eric, and an old friend that Sloane hasn’t seen since that one fateful night twenty years ago.
I’m really impressed with how well this tale is written. The beginning is a bit slow because the author has to give so much of the back story, but the book quickly caught my interest as I continued to read. The story itself is excellent, and the characters are well-developed and easy to connect with. This book made me cry in several places. As I mentioned above, there is quite a bit of angst in this tale. I am very glad I read this book, though, and since this novel is the beginning of a series, I will be eagerly waiting for book two.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.