Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

holding smokeTJ Burns — June 30, 2016

5_Star_Rating_System_4_and_a_half_stars

Gripping, exciting, well-written, Holding Smoke pulled me right in and wouldn’t let me go. I had a stake in not only the main character’s life, but also in all the quirky side characters’ lives. I wanted to know more, I needed to know more. What an unusual and creative premise!

The writing is excellent! I felt like I can really get a grasp of the people and the places.

I could really identify with John Conlan, the main character. He is a very “real,” identifiable character, with all his strengths and flaws. On the inside he’s a good guy. His protective shell that he has built around him is not the real him, but an artificial shell built for the purpose of self-preservation.

I was fully invested in John’s story — I wanted to know his back story, I wanted to know what happened to get him where he is. I liked Candy too — tough, yet vulnerable. Brooks, Haggett, Somerville, Simpson, Rickers — all interesting characters — I wanted to know more about all of them.

So suspenseful! I grabbed on to every clue as it was dropped, right up until the creative and exciting climax!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Published May 3rd 2016 by Hyperion

TJ Burns Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1470368207

 

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