Book Review: Where There’s Smoke, by Cathy Cole.

10 Sep
Book Review: Where There’s Smoke, by Cathy Cole.

Thank you to Author Cathy Cole for my copy of this book, ‘Where There’s Smoke’. I liked the title of this straight away, and the blurb convinced me that this would be a book I would enjoy. Here are my thoughts.





Firefighter Jo Woods is struggling to hold onto her job and her sanity. Banished to the backwater town of Mourne Lough, she vows to stop making waves, admit her family’s death was an accident, and that the guilt she feels is plain old survivor guilt.

Then she finds the roses and everything changes.

The killer hasn’t stopped. He’s here. In the same town. Stalking her. And once again, no one believes her.

After seven years of avoiding family and friends, Jo is alone and friendless in a strange town. In order to survive and, more importantly, bring the killer to justice, she must overcome her fears and embrace her new life. And she must do it quickly, because the killer has his sights set on her and he’s willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

Enter Ian “Coop” Cooper, who sets Jo’s pulse fluttering and her antenna into overdrive. Does she dare trust him?

One thing Jo is clear about: this killer destroyed her life once before. No way is she going to let him do it again–no matter what it takes.


where theres smoke

Published March 10th 2017 by Fireborn Publishing


My Thoughts:

The plot of this story revolves around fire fighters. Jo Woods is the only lady fire fighter in her new branch. We start off getting the impression that Jo has to escape from something. I liked the way we don’t know exactly what she is ‘getting away’ from, or been pushed away from. But we do know her past employers didn’t think she was suited there! So, aside from the mystery in the story, the killings, the fires and deaths, there is also a mystery with the characters. We learn more about Jo as the pages turn, and we also meet the handsome new guy who lives near Jo. Coop comes across as ‘different’, what we and Jo have to decipher is if that is good different or bad different! 

The Fire Fighter talk seems researched and accurate without bogging the reader down with details. I think the Author spoke of how things work regarding smoke, fire and fire fighting was authentic and just enough to create a well rounded plot.

This is very much a murder mystery with a ‘whodunit’ style. I like to guess the killer anyway, but the Author gave me plenty of scope to guess with a few different characters being on my suspect list. 

Jo is caring, closed and comes with issues but she is a fire fighter – so she is made and trained to save people, which makes this plot hard on her. I wasn’t sure what to think of Jo at first, but as we learn more about her, I found her to be not only likable, but quite a unique human being, in a good way. 

” ‘Everything’s going to be alright’. It was a mantra inside my head. ‘Everything’s going to be alright’ ” 

My only slight critique is that the cover didn’t draw me in. I spent time after reading the book examining the cover, and I can see why it is how it is. I just personally would have made it a bit different. But as they say ‘ don’t judge a book by its cover’! and in this case, I whole-heartedly agree – the plot, writing and characterisations are far better than the cover implies, in my humble opinion.

Cathy Cole’s style of writing is excellent with great descriptive words that really paint a picture in the readers imagination.

“The tea un-furred her mouth but did nothing to silence the army of men inside her head, battering at her skull with what felt like hammers”

I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who love to guess the culprit, and those who like a good crime thriller.  


For links to the book and to make contact or find out more about the Author, I have added all the direct clicks below. Happy reading, and let me know if you have read this book, are planning to read this book. Or if you have any great recommendations or book reviews you think I would like. Please leave a comment below, I always read them and always reply.






Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Books


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7 responses to “Book Review: Where There’s Smoke, by Cathy Cole.

  1. Cathy Cole

    September 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks so much for the review. Delighted you enjoyed Where There’s Smoke.

    • chocolatepages

      September 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you Cathy, and thank you for the opportunity to read and review your work.

  2. LizScanlon

    September 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    The cover sure is interesting!
    Great review… I feel like I would want to get to know Jo and the plot sounds plenty intriguing as well! 🙂 I may have to add it to my TBR pile 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      September 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you Liz. I saw more from the cover after I read it. It is definitely worth a read.

  3. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    September 16, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Title love, indeed! It promises so much! I love this review! The research seems good enough for the reader to understand the firefighters’ work without being only info dumping for pages! The fact there’s mystery makes me think of the different kind of smokes, the real ones from the fire, and the one surrounding us with secrets and stuff, I love it! Fab post! x

  4. Crystal Stewart

    September 18, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Sounds like a good book. What category would you place this book in? Can I find it at any bookstore? How much does it run usually?

    • chocolatepages

      September 18, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      I would say contemporary women’s fiction. I have put the links for Amazon in the post, at the bottom. I imagine most good bookstores would sell it or at least be able to order it for you. I’m sure The Book Depository would have it too. The price would vary depending on if you wanted paperback or ebook, but each link should show the price. Thank you, I hope you enjoy it.


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