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Blog Tour- Spotlight- Lies Like Wildfire


An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.

​In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

​But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.


Teens out of control

as fire rages stoked by flames

of self interest

Jealousy smoulders as friends

fail to make amends.

Book Taster

A novel resonating with a sense of place, desperation and danger. This YA thriller is fuelled by the flames of fear, paranoia and self preservation as five friends fall apart in the wake of coercive control, deadly secrets and lies. In the second half it takes a treacherous turn into even darker territory.

A skilful representation of toxic relationships. The characters are flawed, selfish and vulnerable and they make terrible decisions that blow their lives apart.

All About the Author

  1. Lives in Sonoma, California
  2. “Fascinated by underdogs and power dynamics between groups of people. “
  3. A favourite read-

“Watership Down by Richard Adams! I didn’t believe a novel about rabbits could be interesting. What did rabbits do all day except eat carrots and run from predators? Richard Adams showed me that a book about rabbits could be heart-pounding and fantastic and thrilling! The novel inspired me to use the full power of my imagination.”

4. New novel influenced by her experience of living with wildfires in California

“The original idea started because I wanted to write a thriller about five teenagers who just graduated high school, have their whole futures in front of them, and then they make a horrible mistake” 

“Living in a wildfire region, when there is a fire as a resident, you check the stats every day. You get updates every day, and you rate your level of fear based on the stats of the day, like how many people have died and how contained the fire is. It lets you know how much danger you’re in, so I wanted to include that for readers who may not have experienced wildfire. I wanted to bring some of the realism and authenticity into the story.”

5. Next project

I’ve written a second stand-alone YA thriller called FRIENDS LIKE THESE. It comes out in Fall of 2022 from Delacorte Press. It’s also set in Northern California, but this time near the coast. It’s about a high school party prank that backfires when the alleged prankster goes missing and her intended victims become the suspects. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Mistake number one.

What the Bloggers Say

“In a note at the end of the book, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez explains that its genesis was her own experience of the Tubbs Fire, an uncontrollable wildfire that roared through her small community, burning for 23 days, causing $1.2 billion in damage and taking 22 lives. This personal knowledge of wildfire – of the sudden evacuation procedures, the fear, the anger, and the emotional toll of the aftermath – really comes across in the novel and, for me, the chapters where the fire was raging were the most compelling in the book.”

“Reading this book is like watching a train wreck. You know it’s going to be bad, but you have no idea how bad or when it will stop and yet you can’t stop watching. You can’t look away. This book is the same. You have to turn the pages and keep reading. Will it get worse? Is it going to burn out of control forever? You have to know! If you like your stories to have nail-biting suspense mixed with some horror then you’ll want to read this.”

“Lies Like Wildfire is an intense, emotional and addictive story about secrets and lies and the cost that they can have on yourself and those around you.”

Find Out More

Listen to an extract from Lies Like Wildfire here-

Bibliographical Details

  • Title: Lies Like Wildfire
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (9 Sept. 2021)
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241476116

Thanks to @The_WriteReads @WriteReadsTours @PenguinPlatform for including Good Night To Read in their Ultimate Blog Tour.

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