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Lindsay Detwiler
The Arsonist's Handbook
From USA Today Bestseller L.A. Detwiler comes a twisted psychological thriller burning with secrets. “Let him burn. Let them burn. Let it all burn.” A disturbing family business passed down… At sixteen, Jameson Wills has never known his father. When he finds an old journal in the attic, though, he discovers some malicious truths about the man who disappeared long ago. As he reads about his father’s secret addiction to arson, Jameson begins to wonder if the desire to burn is in his blood. But searching for a connection to his father might lead him down a path of no return. A grief-stricken businessman looking for vengeance… Pete Andrews’ infant son has just died in a fire. When the police deem it the work of an arsonist, Pete decides he will stop at nothing to find justice for his son. But as his sinister past emerges, will he go too far in his quest for revenge? Two men. One arsonist. Choices that will change their lives forever. The Arsonist's Handbook is a dark, standalone psychological thriller that will haunt you long after the last page.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: At turns gripping and gruesome, this work will haunt readers long after the narrative concludes. Here, the reader will witness firsthand the evil that lives among us thanks to the author's adept handling of the storyline and the chilling conclusion.

Prose/Style: The creep factor is high here. Very high. All owing to the author's astutely chosen prose and revolving first-person/third-person narrative, the reader feels the cold void in the killer where empathy and humanity should live. This story is eerily and brilliantly told.

Originality: Highly original and hopefully entirely fictionalized, this is a haunting and unique work.

Character Development/Execution: The first-person narrative here provides great insight into the twisted, driven mind of a killer. The approach is an extremely effective way of learning about the arsonist. 

Date Submitted: July 01, 2021