Friday, January 9, 2015

Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult

eBook Short Story
Last year, I read a novella titled Larger Than Life by Jodi Picoult and loved it! I found Ms. Picoult's writing to be amazing... So, with that in mind, I couldn't wait to read something else written by Jodi Picoult.

So, when I discovered a short story titled Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult was available for free on Amazon's website, I went ahead and downloaded this short to my Kindle. Where There's Smoke marks my fourth read for 2015. The following is my unbiased review of Jodi Picoult's short story Where There's Smoke.

My first thought is that I liked reading Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult, but I didn't enjoy reading it as much as I did Larger Than Life. I like the leading character of Serenity and her psychic abilities, but felt the author could have made a better transition from Serenity's childhood psychic abilities to her present day success as a psychic medium with her own successful television show to Serenity's downfall a bit smoother.

The following is a book description of Where There's Smoke from Amazon's website as follows:
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who “writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time. 
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 passed. 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.
I'm giving Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult a rating of 7 stars out of 10 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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