Author: S.F. Kosa
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark on Aug. 10, 2021
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Landmark
Book Rating: 8/10
A new psychological thriller from suspense powerhouse S.F. Kosa featuring a decades-old secret, a mysterious cult fire, and a woman looking to outrun the ashes of her past…until they come roaring back once more.
Dora is always aware of the line between fact and fiction. As a fact checker at an online magazine, her job depends on it. And as a woman outrunning her secrets, so does her life. But when a murder crops up in her old town, one linked to a deadly fire at a cult compound twenty years prior, suddenly all of Dora’s carefully spun deceptions are at risk.
Because she’s seen a murder like this before. She knows what the police missed.
And if she doesn’t stop the story, she may be next.
As Dora follows the journalist, altering facts to hide her identity along the way, she’s thrown back into a world she tried desperately to leave behind. One of ritual and belonging, of danger and darkness. A world where two girls promised to help each other through…until it all went up in flames.
And Dora knows, she won’t be lucky enough to escape twice.
Simmering, eerie, and intense!
The Night We Burned is a gripping, suspenseful thriller that takes you to Bend, Oregon and into the lives of multiple acquaintances, including journalist fact-checker Dora Rodriguez as their pasts come back to haunt them twenty years after they first crossed paths as fellow members of the Oracles of Innocence cult before it all went up in flames.
The writing is edgy and tight. The characters are consumed, deceitful, and troubled. And the plot using flashbacks and a back-and-forth style immerses you in an ominous tale full of twists, turns, secrets, obsession, mayhem, deduction, abuse, violence, childhood trauma, swirling emotions, shocking revelations, and murder.
Overall, The Night We Burned is a twisty, unpredictable, sinister page-turner that transports you into the darkest corners of the human psyche and takes you on a roller coaster ride of psychological manipulation, control, indoctrination, corruption, and deviant ideologies.
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Thank you to Raincoast Books and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.