Saturday, August 29, 2009

Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines

Faces in the Fire tells the stories of 4 individuals whose lives connect through seemingly random circumstances.

Kurt the truck driver who hears dead people through their old clothes, Corrine the e-mail spammer who had lymphoma, Grace the heroin-addicted tattoo artist who deserted her family and Stan the hitman who can kill just by touching you.

Connecting their stories is the image of a catfish and a long number. What do these things have to do with one another?

Hines writes this story out of chronological order - which means the first chapter you read is not Chapter 1. This adds a different flavor to reading a book; it makes it feel as if you're watching a J.J. Abrams movie.

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book as you read about each character on their own. But by the time I got to the end of Stan's story (the final story) I saw the genius of T.L. Hines and what he was trying to do.

This is a nice book to read if you enjoy stories that are slightly off-center. Meaning it isn't quite realistic but close enough to pull you in.

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