Five Years (A Fire in Redbridge) by L. M. Langley review

The start had me intrigued. Scenes jumping to and fro as things moved quickly.

Casey, a young woman that lost a close friend, the death causing her to do some strange things, and forced to leave town. The town thinking she has lost the plot.


Alex, also changed by the death of a friend – Nate, questions all about his life, and seeks answers to his friend’s death.


Both believing Nate’s death was no accident from reading the journals Nate wrote in; lead them to an obsessive young woman.


Because the scenes jump to the present and back to the past, it can be quite confusing as there is no timeline letting the reader know how long it has been. You have to kind of guess what timeframe the characters are in.


Although the author does create a certain amount of suspense by going from past to present, it does take a long time for the story to actually get anywhere. The characters are an enjoyable and amusing read, but a bit more of a back story probably would have helped more for the reader to get a real feel for the characters.


There is a hint of a murder, and perhaps something criminal that the main characters are apart of. In parts it can be a bit slow, but in the main the author has created a certain amount of suspense. I still wanted to keep on reading to find out exactly what happens. I did have a fair idea of how it was going to end, but I was still interested to see how they got there in the end.


I do struggle to get a sense of what genre it is in. There is a bit of mystery, but mainly you know who has done it, it is more about two people that have an unlikely connection that are forced to do something they wouldn’t have imagined was possible.


The ending was slightly unexpected, a little bit less dramatic than previously thought.


There is quite a bit of course language.

 3/5 stars


Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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