Book Challenge # 5 : Short Story

For this book challenge topic I chose Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult. Amazon’s description on this book states,
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.

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I have to make a confession; I did not fully read this book description before I downloaded the book to my kindle app. After I began reading, I was skeptical on whether or not I would finish the book. I do not have any interest in mediums or talk shows so I had to force myself to continue reading. The story is very choppy but it does set the tone for the main characters lifestyle. Her life comes in choppy phases so the sections match that. Jodi Picoult does a wonderful job describing the character and pulling the reader into the story. But the story ends abruptly. You have no idea what is going to happen to the characters. It makes the reader desire a future book that continues this story.

I gave this story a 3 out of 5 stars. Personally it was not the right choice for me and it left me unclear of what happened. I do think that other readers would enjoy this book which is why I am recommending it as a quick read, if this type of story interests you. You can purchase this short story here at

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