Fantasy Book Review: Flicker & Burn

Flicker & Burn by T.M. Goeglein

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures. They’re terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they’re also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she’s also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds–old murders and vendettas–might just be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family.

Sara Jane is now living in a hideout with her best friend, and constantly on the run from whoever owns the ice cream trucks that always seem to be around. Her relationship with Max starts out well, after a long summer of being apart. But he’s soon suspicious of Sara Jane’s secretive nature. Meanwhile, Sara Jane has some unexpected extended family arrive that may help her with her search for whoever has her family.

Flicker & Burn is the sequel to last year’s Cold Fury – part mafia thriller, part urban fantasy. Sara Jane’s adventures are a whirlwind of suspense, mystery, history, and drama. The creatures from the ice cream trucks are bizarre and didn’t seem to fit in the story, but are finally explained towards the end. Fast-paced and action-packed, both the story and characters are engaging and enthralling. I’m hoping the finale lives up to the building suspense and anticipation.

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