Book Review and Blog Tour: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.

This was a quick read that nevertheless packed in a lot. A twisty, fast paced young adult thriller than What started out as a simple day out mucking around by a lake with friends ended up having disastrous consequences for xxx and her childhood friends – affectionately known to each other as ‘The Monsters’.

A rag tag group that consisted of Hannah, our main character, the Sheriff’s daughter, Violet, the rich out of towner who returns every summer, Luke, a traumatised teen who’s mum is an abusive parent, Drummer who Hannah has had a crush on for ages and Mo who managed to get herself a great scholarship opportunity for college. The summer should be their last together before they all head their separate ways as young adults – until that is they accidentally start a large forest fire and have to decide whether or not to own up and face the consequences or try to hide their involvement.

Things quickly take a dark turn when the group accidentally spark the fire and the action doesn’t let up from that point on. The descriptions of the fire spreading and the devastation of it felt very real, the author captured the ferocity and helplessness of it with skill.

The title is very apt. The lies spread within and without the group of friends with as much devastation and speed as the ravaging Wildfire decimates the countryside and town around them. The once tight knit group, who were already feeling the strain of growing up and moving on from each other begin to crack as disagreements over the best course of action rear their head. There seems to be no way to stop either the lies or the wildfire…

With thanks to The Write Reads for inviting on the blog tour for this book and Penguin for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.