- File Size: 768 KB
- Print Length: 411 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fireborn Publishing (March 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XHJZNGS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,609,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cole unfolds the layers of the story with deft strokes, taking us into the heart of raging fires and the mind of a psychopath with razor-sharp focus. Well done, and I look forward to the next book by this author!
Cathy Cole’s debut novel, WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. This intricate ‘whodunit’ mystery is rich with vivid scenery descriptions, gorgeous dialogue, multifaceted characters, and superb mastery in detailing the world of firefighting. There were perfect amounts of hope to counterbalance the moments of despair, along with witty and humorous dialogue to lighten the seriousness of the heinous crimes at the heart of the story.
Hope to see more novels soon from Cole.
Where There’s Smoke is a story about Jo Woods, a firefighter who, after stirring up trouble for the authorities in her previous town, has been banished to the backwater of Mourne Lough. She is a survivor but the guilt she carries with her is more than just survivor guilt. When it becomes clear the killer has struck again, she starts making waves, much to the displeasure of her seniors, and the killer. Before long she is the target and the pressure is on to reveal the killer’s identity before he/she strikes again.
I do like reading a good mystery but I’m not usually someone who spends their time trying to work out who the baddie is. Generally, I’m quite happy being absorbed in the tale and enjoying the writing. However, I found myself trying to guess who the killer was in this read putting myself very much in Jo’s shoes. The author does a very good job of presenting various options for who might be behind the horrific killings and attacks that take place throughout this story and keeps up the suspense. I had my suspicions but they were only confirmed just as the reveal came.
We get to see the killer’s side of the story, as parts are told from his/her point of view, which is a bit creepy, particularly with his/her desire to ‘free the little birds’. There was no introduction to these parts though which threw me a little until I adjusted to who was speaking.
For a romantic suspense the emphasise was definitely on the suspense with only a light touch of romance introduced. I really liked Jo Woods and certainly hope that after everything she has been through she gets to enjoy more of the romance side in the future.
This book is based on firefighting and firefighters and there was just enough detail to make me confident in the authors knowledge without there being an overload of technical fire stuff that could have made me switch off. Very well written, it was solid throughout, and a very well put together debut novel. Highly recommended.
Where There’s Smoke was a fantastic surprise of suspense, mystery, crime, and maybe a tiny speckle of romance. You will not be able to put this one down once you start reading, so save this one when you have no other pressing matters that day. Prepare yourself for keeping a running tally in your head of who has said something or done something odd as you read because you will be busy trying to figure this one out!
*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in
The Fire Fighter talk seems researched and accurate without bogging the reader down with details. I think the Author spoke of how things work regarding smoke, fire and fire fighting was authentic and just enough to create a well rounded plot.
This is very much a murder mystery with a ‘whodunit’ style. I like to guess the killer anyway, but the Author gave me plenty of scope to guess with a few different characters being on my suspect list.
Jo is caring, closed and comes with issues but she is a fire fighter – so she is made and trained to save people, which makes this plot hard on her. I wasn’t sure what to think of Jo at first, but as we learn more about her, I found her to be not only likable, but quite a unique human being, in a good way.
” ‘Everything’s going to be alright’. It was a mantra inside my head. ‘Everything’s going to be alright’ ”
My only slight critique is that the cover didn’t draw me in. I spent time after reading the book examining the cover, and I can see why it is how it is. I just personally would have made it a bit different. But as they say ‘ don’t judge a book by its cover’! and in this case, I whole-heartedly agree – the plot, writing and characterisations are far better than the cover implies, in my humble opinion.
Cathy Cole’s style of writing is excellent with great descriptive words that really paint a picture in the readers imagination.
“The tea un-furred her mouth but did nothing to silence the army of men inside her head, battering at her skull with what felt like hammers”
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who love to guess the culprit, and those who like a good crime thriller.