Where There’s Smoke Simon Beckett

51fs5i63IEL._AA160_Pub: Bantam Books


Some moments burn in the mind for ever. The landing is dark. Light comes from a window at the far end, enough to run by. Breath comes hard. From the stairs sound heavy footfalls in pursuit. The landing ends in a last doorway. There is no more running, only the need to hide…

Imagine not knowing the father of your child. Not knowing his name. What he looks like. Or what sort of person he is. Although she is desperate for a baby, that is something that Kate Powell cannot accept. Single, independent, she likes to be in control of her own life – even if it has, somehow, become strangely shallow and meaningless.

Then Kate meets a man who seems to be the answer to all her problems. But we all know appearances can be dangerously deceptive. And Kate should too. Soon her life is out her hands. And out of control…

First published in 1997, Simon Beckett has updated what was considered an already fabulous tale.

Kate, owner of Powell PR Agency has it all. Successful  and single she decides what she now wants is a baby. Deciding on artificial insemination, she meets Alex, clever, handsome and professional in his chosen career of Clinical Psychologist, who applies to be the donor for Kate.

Where there’s smoke is a cracking read. Lulled into a false sense of ‘will they, won’t they’ it is full of dramatic twists and frightening turns.

It is one that makes you take a sharp intake of breath, and is a brilliant psychological thriller. The gripping reality of Kates nightmare is impressive and this has to be one of the best books this year.

It is intense, powerful and dark  and Simon Beckett is an author that I will be reading and telling everyone about for a long time.





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