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House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler is available now!

Engaging, intense & thought-provoking!

First off I am not exactly sure that I would say that this book is in the same caliber as Jodi Picoult but I thought that it was an interesting and well-crafted debut though.

HOUSE ON FIRE by BONNIE KISTLER is an emotionally-charged, entertaining and fascinating tale that immediately drew me in and held my interest right to the very end.  I found the drama within this story to be quite captivating and totally immersive. Even the subplots were quite interesting to read about and I thought that we really got to see into our main character’s psyche with the inclusion of those storylines.  They definitely brought something into the main plotlines for me.

BONNIE KISTLER delivers a slow-burning, suspenseful, intriguing and well-written read here that delves deep into the psychological side of a family’s tragedy through the exploration of their grief and loss.  I found it very interesting to see how all of these characters dealt with their grief and drama.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Fiery, eye-opening, bold, appealing, intriguing and a fitting representation to storyline. Coverlove! 
Title: Intriguing and absolutely loved how the title played so fittingly and meaningfully into storyline. I have a fascination with learning the meanings behind the titles and when I learned the meaning behind this one it was a very satisfying and rewarding feeling. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging and readable. Thoroughly enjoyed the narrative! 
Plot: Slow-building, steadily paced, intense, emotional, suspenseful, thought-provoking and complex. 
Ending: A surprising, intense and action-packed ending that left me totally satisfied. 
Overall: I enjoy a bit of drama in my stories so this one was right up my alley and adding in a little bit of mystery to it well then I am one happy and contented reader. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for my complimentary copy.

Something fun about me:  I go into the majority of my books blind and without any preconceived expectations.  I do really think this enhances my reading experience and it totally works for me! If I am confused at all I will read the synopsis a few chapters in if I am not getting the feel for the book…..which luckily doesn’t happen very often.

Have you read this one? Want to read it? Let us know your thoughts on it! We would love to hear from you!

7 thoughts on “House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler #bookreview #BookBloggers @BonMot101 @SimonSchusterCA #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I have it for audio review next month.

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    1. I hope that it is an enjoyable read for you too, Jonetta! ☺️

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  2. I’m reading this one now. I’m not very far in, but I’m liking it so far. Glad to hear you liked it!

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    1. Lol just kidding, this is not the book I’m reading haha. The covers are similar lol. I thought it sounded a little different than what I thought it was supposed to be…It’s been a long week haha.

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  3. carhicks says:

    This is one that I have not heard of, but I am not sure why. You make me want to pick this one up right now and read it. I love mysteries with some drama in them. This sounds like it would be right up my alley. Great review, Norma.

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