Title : Where There is Smoke
Author: Cathy Cole
Publisher: Fireborn Publishing
Published : August 1, 2017
Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame
Oh man, I loved this book. It delivered most of what I expected. My only problem was the lack of romance and to be honest it was not that big of an issue. Why? Well the story had me on the edge of my seat from the first page and I did not get a chance to catch my breath. I was so busy trying to identify the villain and determine what his next move would be; I did not have a chance to miss the romance. There was a hint of romance, but it was not the focus of the story.
Where There is Smoke is a fast paced, intense and suspenseful read, which is heavy on the suspense and light on the romance. It features a kick ass heroine, who finds herself going up against a psycho killer, while trying to deal with the challenges of working in a male dominated field.
The story introduces Jo, a firefighter who finds herself reliving painful memories while on a mission of putting out a fire. However, no one believes her when she reported what she witnessed. They chalked to the trauma of the past. However, being the determined person she was, she would not stop until she proved her theory of a serial arsonist.
The prologue, which set the pace for the remainder of the story, is intense. As the story unfolds, it became evident how the scenes from the prologue fits in with current events. The mystery and suspense were well done. It left me feeling breathless.
Figuring out the identity of the villain was not as easy as I thought it would be. I had my suspicions, but the author threw in quite a few red herrings causing me to doubt what I suspected. However, in the end my suspicions proved to be true.
The story is written in both the first and third person POV. The first person POV is told from the perspective of the villain, which made for some interesting reading. The author’s attention to detail was on point and the writng superb.
Jo, is the kind of heroine I enjoy reading about, especially in this genre. She is tough, smart, strong but not without her flaws. She knew how to handle herself both personally and professionally. The more time I spent with her the more I admired her.
Ian Cooper is Joe’s neighbour and love interest. However, Jo was not sure if she could trust him, as his motives were not clear-cut. This did not cool her attraction for him as such it was in her best interest to ensure he was not the villain.
Mary Quinn is also Jo’s neighbour. She as her own set of secrets and ii would appear someone is stalking her. The question is was her stalker and the arsonist the same person.
The villain was one crazy person. Being inside the villain’s head was not a nice place to be. He was clearly fixated on Jo. Why? You will have to read the book to find out. I found myself admiring his determination, his attention to detail and his convictions. He believed strongly in his actions. He believed he was saving the persons he killed, which made him dangerous.
Fans of kick-ass heroines, suspense and mystery will want to check out Where There is Smoke. Highly recommend.