Fire Damage

by Kate Medina

Part of the A Jessie Flynn Crime Thriller Series

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Fire Damage

Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie Flynn works for the Defence Psychology Unit, she teams up with Captain Ben Callan from the Military Police Special Investigation Branch in an investigation that walks a knotty tightrope of emotions. While there is a whisper of romance, it is the case in hand that dominates the story and Kate Medina keeps the tension ramped up high. The subject matter is not only bang up to date, it is also perfectly judged and when you read into Kate Medina’s background, it all makes sense. With characters full of contradictions and vulnerabilities, a seriously puzzling yet poignant mystery and a fascinating backdrop, I’m really looking forward to the next in the series.

Liz Robinson

Fire Damage Synopsis

To find a killer, she must unlock a child's terror...The first in an exciting new crime series featuring psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn - a brilliantly complex character who struggles with a dark past of her own. Perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid. A traumatized little boy Four years old, terrified, disturbed - Sami is a child in need of help. Now it's up to psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn to find the cause of his suffering and unlock his darkest memories, before it's too late. A psychologist with a secret Meanwhile Jessie is haunted by an awful truth of her own. She works alongside former patient, Captain Ben Callan, to investigate a violent death - but the ghosts of her past refuse to leave her. A body washed up on the beach When a burnt corpse is found on the Sussex coast, Jessie begins to uncover a link between her two cases - and a desperate killer will do anything to keep it buried...

Fire Damage Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Edel Waugh - 'This case really pulls at her heart strings and I had a lump in my throat reading it.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'First in an exciting new series.  A dark and compelling new story from Kate Medina. An exciting read.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'I read it very quickly so keen was I to find out the ultimate answers to so many questions.  It did not disappoint.  A really great read and very thoughtful story.  I hope more will follow.'
  • Sarah Tilley - 'Terrific – absolutely unputddownable! This is so much more than a standard crime novel!'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is the first of Kate Medina’s books I have read and I was hooked.'
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'A dark, spine tingling psychological thriller which will certainly keep you gripped until the very end of the book. Will be looking forward to the next Jessie Flynn case!'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A book full of twists and turns that you just can't put down until you've found out how the various plots all come together.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'This book is the first in a series featuring the 29 year old Flynn and it delves not only into the psychological profession but also into human nature and into the life of Flynn as an independent woman.'
  • Taflyn Pearson - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character is appealingly flawed, and thus very easy to relate to. The story was well-written and the characters are well-rounded.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'I could not put this brilliant and ingenious work of art down. It gripped me by the synopsis and dragged me away at the very first page.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'A brilliant start to a new crime series. Kate Medina gives us compelling characters in Dr Jessie Flynn, and Captain Ben Callan. A totally absorbing, page turning book.'
  • Janet Monks - 'A crime novel with army psychologist Jessie Flynn as its protagonist...I really couldn't stop reading this book.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Childhood influence in adulthood. Afghanistan War and its associated politics. Relationships and their secrets.  Psychologist’s role in unlocking a crime. I could go on but this is a must –read this book.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is a fast moving story involves distressing and violent events and the psychologist investigating them. I am looking forward to her next case as Fire Damage is an excellent debut.'
  • Susan Wallace - 'A well-crafted thriller with some unexpected twists and believable characters.'

Fire Damage Press Reviews

'It comes as no surprise that Medina has created a character of density and intricacy in Flynn. May the series prosper'
Daily Mail

'A tense and pacy thriller, 4 stars'
The Sun

'Medina demonstrates that she's a considerable find'
Independent

'Excellent start to a new series'
Sunday Express

'[Medina] writes about the horrifying consequences of war from the standpoint of a clear-eyed but sympathetic insider'
Sunday Times

'If psychological thrillers are your bag, then look no further than Fire Damage... Tense and hard to put down'
Closer

'A haunting thriller'
Grazia

'An absorbing and convincing thriller... An author who consistently delivers taut, believable and unsettlingly compelling novels'
Sunday Herald

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008132279
Publication date: 23/03/2017
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008132286
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008132279
Publication date: 23rd March 2017
Author: Kate Medina
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Kate Medina

While studying for a degree in Psychology, Kate Medina joined the Territorial Army where she spent five years, first as an officer trainee and then as a Troop Commander in the Royal Engineers. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and now writes full time. Her debut novel, White Crocodile (published under the name K. T. Medina), a thriller set in the minefields of Cambodia, received widespread critical acclaim. Photo credit: Philippa Gedge

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