13 February 2020

Review: And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic

And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic book cover
* Copy courtesy of Echo Publishing *

And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic is the second in the Australian crime series featuring Caleb Zelic. Deaf since childhood, Caleb is still recovering from the events in Resurrection Bay. His private investigation business is a mess, his relationships are strained and he's struggling with nightmares and flashbacks. Then a young woman tracks him down and begs for his help.

He begins to investigate and with a little help from Tedesco (my favourite character in the series) he starts to uncover a string of crimes in his hometown of Resurrection Bay.

Occasionally the second in a series can fall short of the first, but this definitely isn't the case here. In fact, I'd go so far as to say And Fire Came Down was better than Resurrection Bay. The plot was more engaging and complex, the tension was tighter, the danger was greater and the writing was better.

Caleb's hearing difficulty and use of sign language with several of the characters is my favourite part of this series. Caleb's relationship with his brother Ant was another aspect of the book I really enjoyed and I hope they work things out.

I'm really glad to have caught up with the series and look forward to following Caleb into recently published Darkness for Light. Highly recommended for fans of Australian crime.

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  1. I really enjoyed this novel, I haven't read book 1 or the new one yet, but I plan to.

    1. Great to hear you enjoyed this one too Claire. I haven't read the new one Darkness for Light either but I'm sure I'll get to it at some stage.

  2. This is the second book in a series I love! Set in Australia, sympathetic lead character, who happens to be deaf, used hearing aids, and reads lips. Fast paced and exciting. Well worth the read.


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