Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (June 16, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1594148600
  • Source: Author

Annie Bartlett returns to her small Florida hometown after her father is murdered.  She demands to confront the woman acquitted of the crime, and is astonished to find that she looks remarkably like her mother, who has been dead since she was a young girl, a victim of suicide.  It’s not difficult for Annie to remember what her mother looked like; she continues to see her nearly every day.  Her mother has “haunted” her since her death, berating Annie’s father and discounting his love to her.

After meeting his father’s accused murderer, she’s suddenly drawn to fight for this woman’s acquittal. She begins to dig a little deeper she discovers that some pretty powerful people are involved, and these individuals want to keep their secrets buried.

I was happy to have “met” Irene on Twitter and I was instantly drawn to the premise of this book.  She has developed some very complex characters; the reader learns a great deal about each of the major characters.  The storyline was evenly paced, keeping my focus and interest throughout.  Irene is definitely an author to keep on your radar, I see nothing but good things in her future. Highly recommended for fans of character-driven thrillers.

Thank you to TLC book tours for providing me the opportunity to participate in this tour.  Please check out the other stops along the way:

Monday, August 23rd: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Tuesday, August 24th: My Reading Room

Wednesday, August 25th: Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, August 26th: Café of Dreams

Monday, August 30th: Jen’s Book Thoughts

Tuesday, August 31st: My Random Acts of Reading

Wednesday, September 1st: Helen’s Book Blog

Thursday, September 2nd: Life In Review

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3 Responses to Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

  1. Wow, that sounds like quite a story! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it.

  2. Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, Jen. Without book bloggers, first novelists like me would have no way of connecting with readers. I appreciate your time and thanks, too, for posting the rest of the tour. Best wishes to you and your important work. Irene

  3. I love it when I can connect with an author via Twitter or Facebook or another social networking site – it makes me feel “closer” to them in some way, and usually leads me to enjoy their books more.

    This book seems like it draws the reader in and keeps you focused on what will happen next. For me is exactly the kind I like to read when I’m on vacation to help me ignore all the distractions of travel, etc.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!