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From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.
After a decadelong career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in her former life for a quieter one with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce and a fire in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.
For Elizabeth’s ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who has lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation.
As the encroaching inferno threatens the town’s residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.
No, at that moment, she was proud that Kate was her maybe, sort of, almost friend. CHAPTER 6 Point of Origin Elizabeth I glance at the squad car’s clock as I drive with Deputy Clark back to the fire. It’s twelve fifteen. Ben will be on his lunch break at the high school and might be reachable. I pull my phone out of my pocket, telling the deputy I need to make a quick call. Ben answers on the second ring. I can hear the din of conversation behind him, a burst of laughter fairly close by.
self-inflicted bruises. Ben picks up on the third ring. “What’s going on?” he asks without preamble. “All the blinds are down. In administration.” I know from experience that this act is reserved for when things are at their worst. Like some cheap venetian blinds will give the administration the superpowers they need to solve whatever crisis drove the blinds down in the first place. “Ugh. And they’re saying nothing?” “They never say anything. We get more info from the students. They always
I should have. I only found out for sure right before the town meeting, and then with everything that happened . . . I was looking for you to tell you this morning . . . I know that’s probably hard to believe.” “It is.” “Does it change anything?” “I don’t know.” “I’m going to need more than that.” He looks up at the Plexiglas roof. It’s covered in yellowed needles being shed by the aspens surrounding us. Wafts of smoke slip through the cracks in the joints, the door, everywhere. If there was
Carrie. I don’t want her there.” “Will you be home soon?” “As soon as I can.” There were a lot more people inside the gym than the last time Mindy was there. So much had happened in the past week. So much had changed. She wondered if it was too much to change back. Mindy searched the crowded room. Most of the beds were full, and there was an oddly festive atmosphere about the place. Kids were running around between the cots, playing some made-up game, and the air was infused with the
search. A large gust blows against the side of the tent, pressing the fabric to my face. I push it aside and peer under the stage. Something shiny is there. I lie flat on my stomach and reach as far as I can. My fingers brush the edge of what I’m certain is my phone. As if brought alive by my touch, it begins to flash with an incoming call. I stretch farther, but I can’t reach it. I flatten myself against the ground and inch under the stage. I can see the screen. Ben’s calling. I use my hands to