Every Inferno by Johanna Parkhurst

Title: Every Inferno
Author: Johanna Parkhurst
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages: 178
Characters: Jacob Jasper Jones, McKinley
Sub-Genre: Coming of Age
Kisses: 4


Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve


Every Inferno is a wonderful coming of age story of a young man that has been through hell and back.

JJ (Jacob) has lived with the memory of being there when he parents were killed. Now years after the tragedy he is still living with the nightmare of that day. To say that he is a trouble youth is putting it mildly, with run ins with the law and the alcohol abuse is is quickly going down the wrong path.

When a new memory comes up and a chance meeting with McKinley he is drawn into an investigation to find out what really happened on that fateful day. JJ is convinced that finding the murderer will help him put the past behind him and help him break the vicious cycle of his life.

Every Inferno is a great story that sometimes delves into hard territory, but is still fun to read and hard to put down.

Reviewed By: Jerry

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