Regular readers of this blog know I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz, the author of the Spellman File series and Heads You Lose (with David Hayward). So it should come as no surprise that she has once again wowed me.
What’s different this time is HOW she did it.
HOW TO START A FIRE is ostensibly a novel about three women who meet in college and continue, on and off, to remain friends into adulthood. But it is also a mystery novel, a study in human relations, and yet another brilliant Lutz example of how to write effective snappy dialogue. The story is told forward and backward, bouncing around from the late 1990s up till almost the present day, and the organization is simply brilliant.
It leaves traditional beginning-to-end novels in the dust.