Title: The Way You Burn
Author: Christine Meade
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publish Date: April 14, 2020
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "When David approaches
his New Hampshire cabin one cool October night to find it engulfed in
flames, he knows his girlfriend Hope set the fire. At least, he’s pretty
sure he knows.
David first decides to upend the creature
comforts of his post-collegiate life and try roughing it for a year
after he inherits two acres of land and a rustic cabin from his deceased
grandfather. Life at the cabin proves to be more difficult than
expected, however, and it all starts with the woman he loves—Hope—whose
dark past is written in the twisting pink scars covering her body. Their
relationship is challenged after his car slides through an intersection
one dark night and, later, his realization that someone is out there,
watching him through the trees
Over the course of five seasons,
David struggles to maintain his relationship with Hope. Ultimately, in
an attempt to understand the sacrifices she has had to make, he decides
to rewrite their story. In doing so, he explores the lessons he’s left
with--after everything he thought mattered is gutted or burned away—and
the surprising bits of wisdom he finds in the ashes."
My Two Cents:
"The Way You Burn" thrusts us into a scene where our main character, David, is watching his grandfather's house burn to the ground. David now lives there in rural New Hampshire after his grandfather gave it to him in his will. David looked at the cabin as a fresh start, both for him and his girlfriend, Hope. Fresh starts don't always come so easily though and David is beginning to see that the proverbial writing on the wall may have been there with Hope the whole time!
First off, I love the way this story unfolded. I love that we initially get to see the aftermath of the other events in the book. Arriving at the fire right away really made for a good entry point into figuring out where the characters stood with each other. I found myself wondering how everything collapsed so spectacularly! Talk about leaving you wanting more!
As the story rewinds, we see how David is desperate for a new start. He can't figure out why his grandfather gave him the cabin in the first place but he recognizes that it may give him the independence he is seeking just entering adulthood. Enter Hope. She's witty, funny, and she makes David feel so very happy... at first at least. Hope is hiding a lot of things from David and she may not be who she says she is. I really loved watching the relationship between them unfold. The author gives us a lot of small details to keep us going throughout the book and I couldn't wait to see what dropped next.
I also really liked the family secret at the center of the book. Between the mystery of David's grandfather and the relationship between David and Hope coming together and then falling apart, you have a really great thriller that kept me reading!