Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixteen novels, including The Innocent, Godchild, The Remains, Moonlight Falls, and The Shroud Key. A freelance photojournalist and traveler, he is also the author of the blog The Vincent Zandri Vox. He resides in New York and Florence, Italy. For more information, visit vincentzandri.com.
Everything Burnsby Vincent Zandri
When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attemptsand two trips to the mental wardhe was finally able to put down
When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attemptsand two trips to the mental wardhe was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces.
With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their preteen daughter, Anna. He’s not just dealing with his own demons; there’s a world of deadly hurt bearing down on him in the form of the jealous rival he’s bested in literature and love, who’s determined to see Reece crash…and burn. But a guy like Reece knows how to take the heat. And thanks to his lifelong friendship with fire, he also knows how to bring it.
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Everything Burns is a riveting psychological thriller that will give the readers goosebumps, and keep them sitting on the edge of their seats. Author Vincent Zandri weaves a chilling tale that has enough drama, mystery, suspense, and terrifying thrills and chills that will easily captivate the reader's attention, and draw them into the troubled world of Reece Johnston. I couldn't help but get caught up in this complex, dark, multi-layered tale. I found myself trying to figure out what would happen next as Reece's story unfolded with a gripping amount of tension, emotion, and intriguing twists and turns. The author does a great job of describing Reece's complex history of personal demons and obsession with fire. The reader is taken on an intense roller coaster ride as the storyline gains momentum. This is a thought provoking, compelling, and very disturbing tale of pyromania that made my fear of fire that much more real ... because when you have fire ... everything burns! Everything Burns is a seriously scary good psychological thriller that is terrifying, chilling, and fascinating, it will keep the reader engaged and guessing until the surprising conclusion.
Hott Review: I work at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours and rarely review books for their tours as it could appear to be a conflict of interest. However, we’ve been working with Vincent Zandri for years now & I’ve never read one of his books. (Partially, because just the synopsis, covers, & titles freak me out a bit.) I mentioned that one day when we were talking and a few hours later he’d gifted me the book with a note to enjoy it and if I loved it to review it. Well, he’s become a friend so I waited until a night when I didn’t have to get up early the next morning (who knew how long it would take me to get to sleep if I was scared witless) and started reading, until I fell asleep with the book pressed to my nose. What I liked: First, while this book is scary, it’s a mind thing and not a chest clenching keep you up at night kind of scary. Everything Burns is a good book with a great mystery that has you wondering at every turn who the culprit really is – and, just when you think you’ve figured it out the next sentence will have you back to guessing. Second, I loved how every sentence, every phrase, every word brought the reader back to fire. Not in a way that is corny or uncomfortable. Each of these characters has been affected and shaped by fire and it shows in their every thought and word. Third, I can say that I’m going to have to read more Zandri! I absolutely did not like Reece, yet, I could not put the book down nor stop rooting for him. That’s the mark of an AMAZING writer! What I didn’t like: There is more cursing in the book than I felt was necessary but, it wasn’t excessive.
Everything Burns: Vincent Zandri Take a match and light it. Stare at the flame as it rises to the top of the match. The yellow, red and orange engulf the outer edge of the match as the flame ignites and rises. Some people mesmerized by the site of the flame. Some even feel an hypnotic pull. Others might think that this flame is an agent that arouses some type of sexual desire: an aphrodisiac. Chocolate, bananas even honey can stir up your desire as well as some powerful drugs. Look at the flame then light some more matches until the heat, the smoke and the colors envelope you until all you see and feel is the fire. What happens when someone loses a parent to an accident at a young age due to carelessness? What happens when that young child becomes so fixated on the death that he cannot deal with the realities of life and becomes engulfed in something that will affect his life as an adult? Fire has always fascinated Reece Johnston and even as an adult still feeling the effects of what happened as a child fire, flames and the smell of ash and smoke center him and often helps to keep him calm. With matches in his pocket and striking the top, he often sets out to set something on fire and watch it burn. As the paper or object combusts, feels the heat beneath his fingers, and realizes within his mind: Everything Burns: Vincent Zandri heats up the pages of this novel with blazing fire. Reece is the author of the best selling novel The Damned which plays an integral part in this plot as the main character in the book loves fire, sets people on fire and one line carries through this novel as a killer sets out to make Reece think he’s going crazy, set him on a personal fire within him and hopefully create a mental and physical downfall. But, when Lisa, his ex-wife, and his daughter Anna, leave to stay with her mother as she is about to undergo minor surgery, Reece cannot help but search her house hoping to learn more about David, the man that took his place until she took him back. The inferno within him causes him to search, hunt and what he finds sets him on another course to take matches along and set something ablaze. There are three voices that come through loud and clear within this novel: Reece, David and the voice of reason, Reece’s father whose specter appears when things heat up and his mind turns to fire and he does not think things out. Jealousies rule as both David and Reece fight for the attention of one woman: Lisa and although it appears friendly at first, what happens which send burns and tingling throughout your body. Reece also has an affinity for visiting cemeteries and crematoriums. David Bourenhem is a freelance writer and at the center of what he hopes is Lisa’s world. Friendships are there but are they healthy ones? Notes left, hope in hand and another player comes to the forefront: Rachel: Reece’s ex-girlfriend. David and Rachel were involved and notes left out and read cause more than another flame. Personal photos of Lisa light up another path of destruction as David claims they belong to him and once again we hear his father’s voice telling him to stay calm, not become Drew the character in his novel and have to reenter the mental hospital again. “The Bestseller is a Heretic and Like all Heretics He Will Burn For His Sins,” seems to be a quote from his novel The Damned and comes up during this novel as a reminder of what someone thinks is his deceptions, lies and betrayals. But, how far will someone go to destroy Reece you just won’t believe as it starts by having Lisa’s house ransacked and the police coming and finding evidence that leads back to him. But, Reece is out of control and goes to David’s house accusing him of breaking and entering and the scene is quite telling, compelling making readers wonder just who is out of control and who is in control and has the situation in hand his way. But, that’s just the beginning as he finds a charred body on the lawn and does not report it to the police. When Lisa’s friend Olga is burned to a marshmallow crisp or blackened piece of bread, what Reece does is totally outrageous leading the police to his front door again and a sick killer enjoying his folly. Finding himself at Lisa’s parent’s house he confronts her, wants to know more about her relationship with David and then several pieces start to fit together, things get out of control and fire is about to burn that might cost more lives. The one constant in the story is Frankie the dog that seems to understand Reece and appears to be almost human. Talking out situations with the dog, allowing readers to understand that he is about to snap at any point makes you wonder just what will happen next. But, one man can help center him if he allows him to. Blood is a strong character and is someone that controls the drug traffic and what types of drugs are sold in his territory and no one messes with him. So, why didn’t he call him when he found the body and why didn’t he allow him to stay with him at Lisa’s house? Detective Miller is a great character that looks into the murder of Olga, brings Reece in more than once and judging by the interrogation seems to feel he might be guilty but cannot entirely prove it. David showing up at Lisa’s house with flowers after they break up. Emails wanting to communicate with her, phone calls, personal items on her bed and then Reece finds his way to David’s apartment, tries to scare him but in reality who is in control? The Damned: Like his character Brennen who burns college students in bathtubs! Who is behind what is happening and why is this person after Reece? Who would dump a body of a young woman in Lisa’s backyard? Who is trying to do more than Gaslight Reece? Why didn’t he call Miller when it happened? How does Blood help him deal with the situation? Lives hang in the balance when a video call to Reece says it all. Why is this person after him? What does he expect him to do and why? Who is being held captive and just how deranged is this person? Betrayals, lies and deceptions come out and an untold truth just might ruin more than one life. Writer’s block, shock therapy, four novels, destroying a career and a life, jealousies and a fire that is so powerful it will burn down everything in sight. An ending scorched with heat and an author that takes us inside the minds of two men who are different yet the same. Whose career goes up in flames? Whose life is about to end? What does Reece do when the final truths are told and he’s forced to face something in his past? What happens when EVERYTHING BURNS! Who will be there to put out the final flame? Once again author Vincent Zandri pens a novel realistic, so powerful that the reader cannot put it down until the last match is lit. Fran Lewis: Reviewer
Wow! Is all I can say about Mr. Zandri's latest, "Everything Burns." I continue to be enthralled with his main characters; he makes them heroic, vulnerable, eminently likable, and Reece Johnston in "Everything Burns," is just that. Much like Mr. Zandri's other novels, the plot is not only extremely captivating, but there is also always an unexpected and unsuspected ending. If you are a fan of entertaining writing and dazzling mysteries, than this book is for you. Can't wait for the next Zandri novel!