Alexia, Serena and Jillian were best friends in high school.
At the day they graduated Jillian saw something she had better not seen. Her friends saw that she was afraid of something, but Jillian never told them what she saw. That day she ran away out of their lives and neither Alexia nor Serena would hear from her in the next 10 years.
Also on that day Alexia started a new life. Her mother threw out of the house and she didn't know where to go.
Ten years later Alexia is a firefighter and she is loving her job. When she is in a burning house trying to save a child she runs out of air due to equipment failure. It seems like her equipment is sabotaged. She is off duty while the case is investigated.
Her friend Serena calls her to ask her to come home for a high school reunion. Serena also tries to talk Alexia in visiting her mother whom is in the hospital. Alexia hasn't seen her mom since she threw her out of the house. According to Serena her mother has changed, but Alexia finds it hard to believe.
When she comes home, she first visits her mother's house. When she is inside she's hearing a noise from the basement. When she goes to investigate she finds a man bleeding to death.
The police arrive and she's surprised to see Hunter as the detective. She knows him from high school. Hunter was a couple of years older than Alexia.
Hunter was attracted to Alexia in high school, but she didn't seem to show any interest in him. Now 10 years later he finds himself still attracted to her. His partner doesn't like Alexia and thinks she's quilty. Soon more troubles start and Alexia is always in the center of it. Can Hunter keep her safe? Will he believe in her innocence? Does the equipment failure at work has anything to do with the troubles at home?
Alexia has no idea who is after her. In between all the troubles she visits her mother and tries to remember things from her youth. She also seems to run into God everywhere. Will she surrender to Him?
This was a fast paced action book. I had a hard time putting the book down. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Overall I thought the book was good. But, in places it just dragged on and on. I don't know how many books will be in this series, but, are we going to have to wait until the very last book to find out who is behind this? That was a big disappointment at the end not knowing who was behind it. Shame on the author for leaving us hanging.
One of my favorite authors is Dee Henderson, and when she recommended this book, I listened. This is the first book by Lynette Eason that I have read, and it won't be my last. When Smoke Clears was a great suspence novel, and I can't wait until September for #2 in the series. I will also try her other series. Great cliff-hanger.