One Little Spark by Ellie Banks
5/23/23; 416 pages
One Little Spark by Ellie Banks is a recommended domestic drama.
A fire destroys a small town and the lives of four women are thrown into turmoil. The story is about these four survivors who are left to pick up the pieces. They also must confront and deal with the many secrets that are now exposed. Do you ever really know the people living around you?
The narrative jumps back and forth in three time periods: the day of
the fire, a year before the fire, and a year after the fire. The time
jumps make it a struggle to get a handle on the characteristics of each
individual, who they are, and how they fit into the plot. Additionally,
once I got the characters all sorted out, I discovered that I really
didn't like any of them. At a certain point, I was wondering if I really
cared about decoding everything that much. The second half of the novel
is more compelling and stronger than the first half, which does make up
for some of the struggles and confusion at the beginning.