“The Fireman” by Joe Hill

“The Fireman” by Joe Hill c.2016, William Morrow $28.99 / $35.99  Canada 753 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your family has a good contingency plan. You all know what to do if there’s a blaze or a flood. You know where to go, what to grab if there’s time, and what not to do. You’ve practiced – at least in your mind. But what if your Plan A fails?  In “The Fireman,” the new novel by Joe Hill, that’s the burning question. Harper Willowes Grayson couldn’t quite believe that she’d gotten infected. As a nurse, she knew the dangers. She knew that those who got Dragonscale died horrible deaths in fire that consumed them from within. Millions of people world-wide had been reduced to ash, and she’d taken strong precautions against Draco incendia trychophyton but there it was: a filigree trail snaked black-and-gold around her hips and up her arms. A sign of infection. A death sentence. Her husband, Jakob, had sentenced her to death already, though, hadn’t he?  He forced Harper into agreeing to a suicide pact, should either of them fall sick. Would he really make her go along with it, now that Harper was pregnant? The answer was yes, but on the day Jakob became crazed with fear and tried to kill her, Harper learned that her months as a nurse offered her something unique: the friendship of a tall, mysterious man,...

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