Title: Where There’s Smoke
Published: 19th May 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Author: Jodi Picoult
Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.
When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage – to both her reputation and her show – Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.
Serenity has always had a gift to see and converse with those that have passed over. As a child she might not have realised that not all people can see them but as an adult a lot has changed. Mainly the fact she has made a living off her gift. Only on her terms though, so that’s likely to bite her in the butt sooner rather than later.
She has people guarding her on both planes – whether real or metaphysical. Lucinda and Desmond are there to act as go betweens with other ghosts trying to chat. She relies on them a lot but once frustrated will learn not to take people – real or ghost – for granted.
After a difficult reading from a military vet she gets a bit of a fiery friend for a while. Can’t help when her next reading is more of a search to find someone. When voices from the other side go quiet her luck may be running out.
Interesting read that draws you along but it felt a little rushed even though only a short story. Just when you felt it was finishing off one story thread it kind of just ended without explaining everything. Leaving you wanting more or just a little confused? Well perhaps a bit of both but ok as a quick read.
3 out of 5 stars