Review: Fire Damage - Kate Medina

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Title: Fire Damage
Author: Kate Medina
Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Price: £4.00
Publication Date: 24/03/2017

Jessie Flynn, a military psychologist, has to work alongside her former patient, Captain Ben Callan, to uncover the truth behind the death of an officer in Afghanistan. At the same time, Jessie starts counselling Sami, a four year old son of a Major. Why does he refer to himself as 'the girl' and who is 'The Shadowman'? Will Jessie manage to get to the truth before something dangerous happens?

Hi there! Today I want to share my thoughts on Kate Medina's psychological mystery novel Fire Damage - the first book in the Jessie Flynn Investigation series. I was supposed to read the book and review it last week but I've been feeling really unmotivated so apologies for that!

I have to admit that at first I found the number of events taking place at the same time a bit overwhelming so I was slightly hesitant about carrying on reading. However, as the story progressed I was so impressed! I do love a good thriller and Fire Damage was certainly not a disappointment; I found it very difficult to put the book down (well actually my tablet).

I grew really attached to Jessie when I read the book, she's a complex character and she may have made some bad choices but you can't help but have a soft spot for her. The portrayal of her relationships with the different characters was very realistic. Medina didn't portray Jessie as a psychologist who has a perfectly balanced life but rather as someone who needs help herself. This shows that no one is perfect and we are all vulnerable at times. 

As for the other characters in the book, I would have really liked to find out more about Callan because I think he is as much of a major character as Jessie. I'm not sure whether it was necessary to include the character of Marilyn in the story but as it's a series I understand that the characters are not going to massively develop in one book so there's a chance I can still take a liking to him in the future books!

I was intrigued by the way Medina integrated military themes drawn from her own experiences into the plot. It gave a modern twist on the classic thriller story and made it original. The ending was just perfect for me; the story was nicely wrapped up and it left me feeling very satisfied! I immensely enjoyed reading Fire Damage so I decided to give it a rating of four out of five (it would be a five if it wasn't for the overwhelmingness at the beginning). This book is an absolute page turner and I honestly recommend it!

I'm looking forward to find out what's next for Jessie Flynn and will definitely get my hands on the next book in the series which is coming out in May!

Rating: 4/5 


          About The Author

Kate Medina has an MA in Creative Writing and is now a full-time writer.

While studying for a Psychology degree, Kate Medina joined the Territorial Army where she spent five years,  as an officer trainee and then as a Troop Commander in the Royal Engineers.

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Thank you to Harper Collins and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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