When I saw this book, I remembered ‘Man and Boy,’ which I’d read and enjoyed years ago, so I thought I’d give Tony Parsons another try with ‘Girl On Fire.’ I hadn’t realised at the time that it was part of a series; something that I find a bit off-putting when I find I have number five and I hadn’t read the previous four! No matter, I pressed on!
The opening scenes of ‘Girl on Fire,’ are electrifying! I could hear the screams, smell the fire, feel the fear and imagine the cinematic presentation of what we soon understand is a terrorist attack on a busy shopping centre, with DC Max Wolfe in the midst of the action. Onward then to a story that feels only too real in these days of IS attacks on busy city streets with DC Wolfe as part of the criminal investigation. This isn’t my usual sort of reading material, and even in the middle of the action, I find myself drawn to the human element; the death of a police officer in the line of duty and the outpouring of grief that follows, the kindness and compassion of the Family Liaison Officer wanting to do more than she was able for a young vulnerable girl, the pride and dignity of the terrorist’s father who just wants life to return to normal as quickly as possible.
I would have liked to have seen more of DC Wolfe’s relationship with his young daughter, Scout, but that’s probably an entirely different genre of story altogether!
I give ‘Girl On Fire’ three stars.