Review No.232 – Hell Fire

Hell Fire (Corine Solomon No.2) – Ann Aguirre

Gollancz, 2010

Corine Solomon knows her life is a mess. Having nearly died rescuing her ex’s mother from a ruthless drug cartel, she’s now on a road trip to her childhood hometown – which just happens to be where her own mother was murdered. Last time Corine was in Kilmer, she was a teenage runaway. Now she’s all grown up and determined to shake loose some answers. But underneath Kilmer’s picture-book pretty exterior, there are more secrets festering than even Corine could have suspected…

Ignore the cover. This is standard operating procedure for reading urban fantasy. Corine Solomon does not, to my knowledge, have flame tattoos all over her back; what she does have is a confrontational and mildly cantankerous personality. Though I don’t always like her, she’s interesting. This book focused more on her personal history than the first instalment, but it didn’t pack quite the punch I was expecting – the fragmented nature of the plot and the inadequate explanation of its premise diminished the narrative’s power, which is a shame, but I found Hell Fire an easy and enjoyable read. The series continues with Shady Lady.

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