Short Story Review: Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

July 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Title: Where There’s Smoke | Author: Jodi Picoult
Series: Stand Alone | Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Psychology
Format: E-book, Short Story | Date Finished: July 12, 2014
Rating: 3 Cups of Coffee
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.
My Review
I don’t really read short stories for one particular reason —> “because it is too short”. But I read Where There’s Smoke out of curiosity because the main characters, Serenity Jones is one of the narrators in Jodi Picoult’s upcoming novel Leaving Time. There’s nothing much to talk about the story development because it was such a short and super quick  read and the story ended when you’re actually just started to enjoy it. However, the idea of combining the psychic power and fame is quite intriguing. There are several creepy twists in this short story managed to make my skin crawl, [spoilers] the auto-ignited fires related the poltergeist? the senator’s missing son horrible death? ok, those are creepy but Serenity’s two guide spirits? it was just ridiculous and superstitious. Serenity is a weird woman with her pink hair, psychic power and all. I don’t really like her character that much but I really want to know more what she can do with the power that she possessed. I believe that Serenity’s character will have a better development in Leaving Time. I can’t wait to read it!!

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