You can’t run forever…
Celeste has been running from her past for seven years. But now her past has found her.
For seven years, Celeste has battled her guilt and shame over the tragic events that led to her little brother’s death. But when her high-school boyfriend comes back into her life just as she gains a stalker, she wonders if there’s more to the story than she realized.
Celeste is determined to discover the truth – but she’s about to find out that when you play with fire, you get burned…
Perfect for fans of The Silent Patient, Sleep and Whisper Man.
Too Ambiguous For Me!
This is an enigmatic read; it took a while for me to get the gist of things and even then I’m not sure I fully understood it all.
Celeste is running from her past, and the memories are stopping her from moving on. A trauma in her life has never been fully dealt with, so when the past pops up in her life again, it causes big problems.
In all honesty, I spent most of this novel trying to work out what was going on. I felt it was a bit ‘smoke and mirrors’. Just when I thought I had a grip on it, the story would slide away from me again. Celeste’s employer and friends were unbelievably patient and understanding and that stretched my imagination quite a bit. No Smoke Without Fire is my first book by this author and whilst it is well written with some interesting details, I always felt that perhaps some of it was passing me by. I’m not sure if it was me or the story, but I struggled all the way through and found the ending to be a bit surprising. It’s quite possible if I had read the novel at a different time, I would have ‘got it’ and while I’m sure others will love the story, it’s a bit too ambiguous for me. After some thought, I’ve settled on 3.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: ebook
- Size: 306 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 7 May 2020
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Claire Simone Lewis studied philosophy, French Literature and International Relations at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge before starting her career in aviation law with a City law firm and later as an in-house lawyer at Virgin Atlantic Airways. More Recently she turned to writing psychological suspense, taking courses at the Faber Academy. Her first novel was She’s Mine. Born in Paris, she’s bilingual and lives in surrey with her family.