This is my first Carla Neggers book. It was one I could not put down. As soon as I got done I had to buy another. She is very addictive. Good Read.
The Encounter was already an aging ship when the devastating fire broke out. Four members of the crew and business partner Bennett Granger died in the blaze. Riley St. Joe and her renowned grandfather, oceanographer Emile barely survive. The only person to live from the fatal North Atlantic disaster is the ship's captain Sam Cassain. Bennett's son Matt and Sam blame Emile for shortcutting the safeguard features in an effort to immediately go to sea. Most of his peers including his own family accuse Emile of causing the inferno. Only Riley believes he is innocent.
A year later, Riley tours Maine on a series of speaking engagements and stops off to visit self-exiled Emile. On her last day near Schoodic Peninsula, she goes to a nearby "deserted" island in which FBI agent John Straker has lived for the past six months recuperating from gunshot wounds. Riley finds a corpse, which later is identified as Sam. The police suspect Emile, who has disappeared. Riley enlists John's help in investigating what happened to Sam and what actually occurred on that fateful journey last year. As the pair works closely together, accompanied by her pregnant sister, they fall in love. However, John knows his immediate objective is to keep the St. Joe siblings safe as both seems to relish diving head first into danger.
ON FIRE is a fast-paced story line that is filled with non-stop tension. The lead characters and the support cast feel human as they all struggle with the tragedy of the Encounter. The mystery is well designed and adds many dimensions to a beautiful love story. Fans of Carla Neggers will be ON FIRE after reading this entertaining romantic suspense.
When Emile Labresque's research ship burned and sank the only survivors were his ship capt. his granddaughter and hisself. He has been blamed for the 5 deaths by his capt. His granddaughter determind to prove his innocence teams up with her most hated early childhood enemy, a recovering F.B.I. agent, John Stocker. Can they find the real killer before her family loses everything inculding the lives of the St. Joe daughters?