BOOK REVIEW: No Smoke Without Fire by Claire S. Lewis #BookReview


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Publisher: Aria

Release Date: May 07, 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction / Psychological Thriller


Goodreads Blurb:

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…

My Thoughts:

I was really hoping that I would love No Smoke Without Fire by Claire S. Lewis. I love the cover and the premise really captured my attention but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me.

This may just be a case of wrong book at the wrong time, but something was missing for me. When I first started I was really into it and it was giving me serious You and Watching You vibes which I really enjoyed. But I think you find out who is stalking Celeste way too soon and I wish the author would have kept it a mystery until the end.

No Smoke Without Fire is super dark and gritty and be prepared for lots of triggers, rape being one of them. I normally love dark and gritty books but for some reason this one just felt way too depressing and I felt like I never got a respite from it. I felt really bad for Celeste, but at the same time I didn’t like her all that much which probably didn’t help me either.

There are definitely some surprises and I have a feeling a lot of people will be shocked by them but for me they felt like a long time coming and didn’t completely redeem the wait to get to them. If you like a really slow burn of a dark, gritty book then I still recommend checking out No Smoke Without Fire and I will definitely still read more books from this author.

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.



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