Fire Damage is the first in a new series of books featuring army psychologist Jessie Flynn. Set around the Aldershot area the action takes place in both the barracks and the towns around there. Jessie is asked to assist with the son of a Major. His father was badly burnt in an ambush in Afghanistan and Sami, the four year old son, appears to be displaying signs of post traumatic shock disorder (PTSD) after Major Scott returns home.
At the same time the civilian police are dealing with a torso that has washed up on the beach nearby. After days in the water identification is proving tricky and local sergeant Bobby has more questions than answers.
I found it quite difficult to get into the book initially as Jessie is a very complex character. Although working as a psychologist she clearly has her own demons and her acute OCD is sometimes quite difficult to understand and to empathise with. Her dogged determination and her sense of duty soon have you won over though and by the end I really liked her.
It will be interesting to see the route that the rest of the series takes but this first book shows a lot of promise. The intermingling of the civilian police and the army allows for some fractious interactions but the strength of the characters is the real winner here. I’ll be looking out for Flynn and Callan’s next outing in May.
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UK Publication Date: Mar 24 2017. 400 pages.
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