All Smoke Rises

  • by Mark Matthews
  • Narrated by Lori Faiella
  • 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten-year-old Lilly is the victim of a terrible house fire and a wretched family. Her father is an addict with mental illness, her mother was murdered and then buried across the street, and her uncle got her addicted to heroin.
Lilly's tragic story has been told in the book All Smoke Rises, and it may be true, for the author has broken into your house, and placed Lilly's body on your kitchen counter. He demands you hear the manuscript, before cutting his own wrists and bleeding out on your floor.
Now you have decisions to make, for her body may not be dead, and her family is coming for her.


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Solid, powerful inner city urban horror!

The perfect sequel to Mark Matthews urban horror tale of drug addiction and extreme dysfunction, “Milk-Blood”.

I didn’t think it could get much bleaker than MB. I was wrong. Lilly is back. So is the heartbreak, tragedy and shear brutality. There are no rainbows and unicorns in this one and there shouldn’t be. It’s not that kind of tale. There is redemption here, but don’t expect to go tiptoeing thru the tulips after reading this one. Under the desk, curled up in a ball, sucking your thumb, is more like it.

It’s easy to get terrified by the urban inner city horror fiction that Mark brings to life with All Smoke Rises while I sit on my couch in a middle class neighborhood with my 2.5 kids and company car in the driveway. It’s easy to ignore the mental illnesses and addictions, the dilapidated living conditions and brutal realities kids born of addiction face every day. It’s easy to be desensitized and look away from the horrific living conditions and circumstance 40 minutes down the road from my little American dream. Mark shatters all that shit. Shatters it. That’s what Milk-Blood and All Smoke Rises do. That’s their job and they do it very well.

A Solid 4.5 Stars and Highly Recommended!

*I was given a review copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review and this was it.

P.S. I failed to mention the excellent quality of the audiobook of this one. Lori Faiella killed it. I sometimes struggle with women narrators and I don’t know why, but Lori was absolutely fantastic.
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- Bill "I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible."

Gritty Reality...Without Pity

The gritty view of reality in drug-ridden parts of the country that this book provides is unflinching and does not ask for pity. This is the way it is for a mother struggling to survive the death of her son, a father just trying to keep his daughter alive, and a therapist who tries to help any of them that she can. Is it all reality? No, there is some horror and paranormal thrown into the mix but in a super realistic way and the story flows so well I didn't even realize it was happening until afterward sometimes.

This is a story about what drug addiction can do to people, even smart people who want to escape from it, but don't have the means to do so.

It is dirty and real but not in a gratuitous way. Horrible things happen or have happened in this book and even as you root for certain characters and want to see them escape, you know that in the end it won't happen.

The narration by Lori Faiella was really spot on. She captured the feel of the book perfectly and gave voice to the somewhat dreamy quality and tone the book had.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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- Reg "Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2016
  • Publisher: mark matthews