Quick Commute Read – Book Review – Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

I’ve never read anything by Jodi Picoult before but have heard great things about her. This morning on the way to work, I realised I hadn’t picked anything out of my TBR Jar so I turned to my trusty old Kindle for commuting solace. I scrolled through looking for something fairly short to read that would cover my journey from home to work and came across this 41 page of greatness.

Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult.


Where There’s Smoke follows the story of Serenity, who from a young age appears to have a ‘gift’ – she is a psychic and can see spirits and communicate with them. After a brief introduction set in 1993 we’re bought to modern day where Serenity is the host of a successful TV show where she uses her gift to help people who are grieving, or who have loved ones missing. However during a routine show one day, Serenity gives information to the Widow of a soldier, live on air, which causes great controversy. Pretty soon Serenity’s life seems to take a massive turn and seems to go from one of great happiness and indulgence to soon wondering if she’ll have anything left.

Considering it’s such a short book, Jodi did a great job of bringing the characters to life and penned a storyline that left me wanting more. I’d recommend this to people who are looking for something quick, but entertaining to read. And also read this if you plan to purchase her new book, Leaving Time, which is out on November 4th, as Serenity is a character that features in her new work, so this works great as an introduction to her, and means the next book will, hopefully, give you some resolve as to what happened after ‘Where There’s Smoke’.

Star Rating out of 5: 4.5


‘I have spent a lifetime telling the living to appreciate the people you love, because you run out of time sooner thank you think.’


If you plan to read this, or have already read it, get in touch by commenting below and let me know your thoughts.