Bev Maxey would have hundreds of books published if she didn’t have to do the “evil day job”, well in her fevered imagination she would anyway. Loves crime, thrillers and urban fantasy above all else.
Doctor Jessie Flynn is an interesting
and complex protagonist, and working as she does for
the Defense Psychology Service, she comes into contact with fragile
and vulnerable army personnel who have been damaged in the line of duty.
Jessie seeks to help a four year-old boy, whose father has
been badly injured by a bomb. Nothing is quite what it seems at first and there
are a number of twists to the story. The one constant is the little boy's trauma
as he tries to make sense of the problem people around him.
Jessie comes into contact with Captain Ben Callan of the
Military Police Special Investigation, and gets drawn into a separate
ongoing inquiry which is both perplexing and time consuming.
Jessie Flynn‘s world as a clinical psychologist is expertly explained, and I
especially liked the idea that she is just as flawed, and has almost as many
hang ups, as the people she attempts to counsel. Her relationship with Ben
Callan is intriguing; they have an interesting connection, a shared history
which hovers on the professional but there is a lingering intimacy between them
which is as intriguing.
It’s a fascinating read to have a crime novel told from
the perspective of a clinical psychologist without it being encumbered by too
much police procedure. The criminal aspect of the story takes on a
sharper meaning, and having a damaged child at its centre, allows Fire Damage
to show the vulnerabilities of those people and families who get caught up in events
beyond their control.
Note : Kate Medina was previously published as KT Medina
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