Fiction. Deer running through a ghost neighborhood. A boy trapped in a basement for eight years. Three young people locked in a violent sex triangle. Come inside. Already caught between the ambition and alienation of life at an Ivy League school, Jon Danfield must come face to face with a revelation about his small-town past. His journey will take him away from the halls of privilege and into the heart of the monstrous forest fire threatening his childhood home. On deserted suburban streets lined with perfect houses, Danfield must confront an American dream corroded by unspeakable acts of cruelty. FIRES is fantastic. It's often dark, often startlingly beautiful, and it's crammed with a smoky, foreboding atmosphere that kept pulling me along, thrilled and a little scared, toward the end Scott Heim.