When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions Series #1)

When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions Series #1)

by Lynette Eason


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When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions Series #1) by Lynette Eason

As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800720070
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: Deadly Reunions Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 373,293
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, and A Killer Among Us. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

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When the Smoke Clears 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story opens with a high school graduation, and mystery about what Jillian saw the night she disappeared, and why she won't tell her two best friends what she saw. It picks up again ten years later in Washington, with Alexi's action as the lead character, a female firefighter, who disobeys orders to rescue a child despite equipment failure. Suspended, and in danger of losing her job, Alexi heads home to the Carolinas for her high school reunion, only to find her estranged mom's health is failing, her ex-boyfriend from high school has been attacked and is dying in the basement of her mother's home, and Hunter, the detective trying to solve the murder. A series of murders, attemps on her life, questions whether she is being framed for muder, or whether someone wants to kidnap her for information ensue. Multiple plot lines unfold - what happened during the fire in her home as a child, who tried to kill her in Washington, is it the same person trying to kill her here, what's wrong with her mom, what happened with her father and brother, why does Hunter's partner dislike her, what is causing the rivalry between Hunter and his brother Chad, what did the Senator do, etc? The romance between Alexi and Hunter builds gradually, and without the usual cliche instant attraction-instant sex of most modern romance novels. Kudos also for the smooth blending of Christian values, biblical quotes, discovery of faith and testimonials into the story. Unfortunately, lots of character development and character motivations get swept up and lost in the effort to resolve the story, and the key motivation/opening plot about what Jillian saw the night of the graduation, and who is behind the attempts on Alexi never gets resolved. Obviously setting up additional books in the series (at $7 each), but dissatisfying as a cliffhanger ending to this story. The main protagonist is caught, with rough mental health issue motivations, but why the person behind the attempt on her life in Washington would be motivated to do what he did is rushed, what happened with her father and whether he is involved is unresolved, the identy of the Senator's middleman controlling events is undisclosed, and a lot of backstory on characters is glossed over. Good suspense, interesting characters, but would have preferred clearer resolution instead of the cliffhanger questions left unsolved.
grayhairreader More than 1 year ago
A firefighter who disobeys orders and is suspended. She goes back home for a Class reunion and someone is trying to kill her. Then she finds out that someone was trying to kill her on her job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book. It grips you from the very first page, and keeps you guessing until the very end. This is the first book that I've read by Lynette and I just bought the next two in the series. I can't wait to read them, as well as her other series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I resent the fact you have to buy the next book in order to find out the ending of the first one. To me that's dirty pool. Not sure I will buy the next book. Otherwise I would have given it five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Loved they incorporated God
Scorpio711 More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, a book should have a beginning, a middle, AND an end. If an author ends a book with a cliff hanger, I won't buy another one of his/her books - how do I know book 2 will have an ending?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Made it through to the end and there is no resolution. I won't bother with this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to read book 2 to find out who the real killer is. No thank you, it wasn't that good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed until I got to the last page, only to discover you have to purchase and read another book to get the ending of this who done it. I would have continued to read other works by this author, she's good, but this way of writing isn't my cup of tea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writer and good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Hard to put down. A real page turner. Don't miss this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lynette Eason is one of my favorite writers. I enjoyed the Women of Justice series so much. What a fantastic series. This book was great and I cannot wait until the next book When the Heart Stops comes out in October!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the person who likes suspense with romance thrown in, this book is a great read. The ending is a good lead in to the next book. It will be hard to wait for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first read of Lynette Easton's. I have already got another one to read!
loves-readingSC More than 1 year ago
Keeps you into it! Can't wait for the next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, action packed mystery that begins with the first chapter. A nice romance woven into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great Christian book! It leaves you wanting to read the next one, since there is still a mystery to be solved!
readgreatfiction More than 1 year ago
Another great story by Lynette Eason. When the Smoke Clears, weaves suspenseful plot, deep characters, and a thread of romance that is sure to keep you turning each page. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it ended. This is book one in the Deadly Reunions series, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this story takes us next. Definitely a 5 star read.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
OHH my word!! this book is awesome, I was up until after 1 a.m. finishing this book. I was hanging on the edge of my bed for the ending! I loved this story and am now anxious for the next book! Alexia Allen has come home, after ten years of avoiding her mother and running from her horrible past, she has come home. It is high school reunion time, so it seems a good time to come home, plus her mother has started contacting her lately asking her to come home. Why? Why would a woman who threw her out, and forced her to leave after graduation, ask her to come home now? After living years with a husband who beat her, and the kids, who tried to kill them all why would Hannah Allen want her daughter to come home? Alexia struggles with accepting this new Hannah Allen, that her mother has become. Add that to the fact that arriving home, she finds a dead man in the basement, and is constantly under attack, and in danger of her life, Alexia is convinced coming home was not a good thing to do. I loved this book, I cannot state that too much. In my opinion this book is Lynette's best book, I just could not put this book down. There is so much action and the mystery is spine chilling, it will pit brother against brother and even brother against sister, and all the while you will be wondering who is behind all of it. Definitely a book that is deserving of a 5 star rating! Available February 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
After an unauthorized, calculated call to rescue to small child in a fire, where Alexia Allen almost lost her life due to equipment failure, she decides to attend her ten-year class reunion and to recuperate at her mother’s home while that incident is under investigation and her job is under consideration. Ten years earlier, the night Alexia graduated from high school, her friend, Jillian Carter, came running into the graduation dance with a haunted look on her face, out of breath, and mumbling that she saw something she shouldn’t have. She immediately plunged through the back door, never to be heard from for almost ten years, leaving Alexia and Serena Hopkins aghast, wondering what Jillian saw. Alexia left that night also, estranged from her family. Since Alexia’s return to her mother’s house, her life has been in danger and considered a possible suspect in a murder/arson case. She wonders if the equipment failure and the circumstances at home are possibly interrelated. When the Smoke Clears, by Lynette Eason, is an explosive suspense that includes murder, fires, stalking, sniper gunshots, kidnapping, secretive complicities, and one very handsome detective, Hunter Graham. I consider Lynette’s book a thriller, with twists and plots that are forever being rearranged due to unknown, outside influences. Lynette makes us privy to some of those secretive complicities, but not enough to understand the full scope. Alexia and Hunter are unaware of these outside influences that are actually fueling their fears and anxieties, as there seems to be no safe place to hide her. To ease the tension of the dangers that Alexia and Hunter find themselves in, Lynette throws in Graham Hunter’s mayoral candidacy dinner, Alexia’s attempts to reconcile with her mother, and a tensive romance trying to bud out from under the circumstances. The ease of Hunter and Selena’s faith puts Alexia on edge. What had God ever done for her? Where was He when she needed him? Surprises abound as the story evolves. Lynette’s book had me pumped with all the action, suspense, and danger. The characters’ interactions and relationships were real. The tension was palpable during the high intense episodes. This author knows how to create a moving story of suspense as well as interspersing the tenderness of the Lord’s interventions in unsuspecting places and people. It’s natural and real. My reaction at the end of the book: “I just can’t believe I have to wait for the next book!” When The Smoke Clears ends in an integrated fashion for a partial resolution, but it leaves you wanting more, more, and more, opening the door for a sequel! Fantastic ride for a great suspense/thriller. Fabulous writing from a superb author. Lynette is one powerful, plot-twisting, heart-pounding writer!! This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant at Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Hate books that you spend all that time reading, and now you have to get another book to find out the ending!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good read up until the way it ended. Left to many questions un answerd. Is there a follow up book ? If so i havent found it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for a vacation read I guess. I m not likely to read the other books by this author. This one was too formulaic for my tastes.
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