Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tuesday Titles 085..

Where There's Smoke
Where There's Smoke : Jodi Picoult
Thankfully, I've been doing a lot more running lately on the treadmill at the gym, which means a little more reading time, as I can set my Kindle up and read as I run. Time certainly seems to pass a lot more quickly when I've something to take my mind off the fact that I *hate* running. 

 I recently read a short story by Jodi Picoult, which I think I was sent as a free download voucher at some point. Where There's Smoke introduces the character of Serenity, who has made a career from her psychic gift and now has a television show. When she invites a war widow onto the show and promises to make contact with her husband, things in Serenity's life take a turn for the worse and suddenly she can't escape from the effects of her special gift.

Although the book would stand alone by itself, it became apparent at the end of the forty or so pages that this was just a teaser for a future Picoult release. It clearly had the desired effect on me as I wasted no time in downloading Leaving Time. 

Leaving Time
Leaving Time : Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time for me was up there my favourite Picoult books. As with just about all of the others I've read (most of them), I got the feeling that so much research had gone into this, particularly to do with the elephants, and as ever it dealt with a plethora of tricky subject matter. Picoult seems to have a talent for weaving complicated emotional issues into her novels and I've never known it not to work for her.

We see Serenity again, as part of the team of people who try to help Jenna in the search to find her mother. After the disastrous effects on her TV career, it was nice to see that she was still happy to embrace her psychic abilities in an attempt to help.

Honestly, I'd thoroughly recommend both of these. 


  1. I know it sounds bad bit I've really taken against Jodi Picoult for some reason and I'd cite her as one of the authors I'd be least likely to read. It's all the complicated issues and emotional stuff. It's silly as I'd probably like it if I tried it. It was 'My sister's keeper' that really put me off.

    1. It doesn't sound bad, although I'd say that I thought it was a shame that My Sister's Keeper was the one which was chosen for a movie and therefore all the hype as SO many of her other books are SO much better, in my opinion.

  2. I can honestly say I don't think I have read a single Picoult novel and I'm starting to think that's a bad thing. I really will have to download one and give it a try. Also, why have I never thought of taking my kindle to the gym? That would make all my cardio training so much more entertaining. I didn't think I would be able to focus on the words but hey, anything's worth a try!

    Sarah :)
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    1. I really like reading on the treadmill - ANYTHING to take my mind off running, which I hate - and I find it passes the time more quickly.