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A psychiatrist gets a horrible shock as a former patient breaks into his home and kills himself in front of him. But before he dies, he reveals a terrible a secret, a burned and mutilated child and a manuscript that explains her origins.
Lilly was born into drugs and violence, forced to take heroin as a toddler and then abandoned to her psychotic father, her fate seems hopeless. She must take not only heroin to live, but from the blood of other addicts.
All Smoke Rises is a bleak allegorical tale of child abuse and the hopelessness of poverty and addiction. The listener is never quite sure what is real and what is imagined. Lilly doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but needs to feed to survive. She is too small to do anything on her own and watches helplessly as her father murders drug addicts to feed her. Without the required blood milk she lapses into a cruel dream-like state full of awful memories and ghosts. There is no death and there is no escape.
It is a disturbing story involving the ugliest parts of society, child abuse, drug addiction, murder, insanity and desperation. Through it all the listener has a sense of surreal otherworldly observation, what hope can there be for these ruined lives, drugs are the least of their problems and perhaps a necessary escape from the horror.
The story is performed by Lori Faiella who provides an excellent performance. The bleakness is well portrayed in her voice and tone. The characters are easily differentiated and sound true to our view of them.
Some listeners may be disturbed by having such a young child as a drug addict and abuse victim. It is critical to the story. Stick with it, the ending is worth the horror. If you like your horror mixed with the sad reality of desperation, you should enjoy this one.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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This book was very different, never read anything like it.<br/><br/>While I enjoyed the story, this book is a bit confusing throughout. I have a feeling that reading a paper copy as opposed to listening would solve this issue. It's a creepy tale that will satisfy horror fans who like character driven horror stories.<br/><br/>This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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Where does All Smoke Rises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is the best horror book I've ever read... It really does live up to the name!
What about Lori Faiella’s performance did you like?
She built tension extremely well and was perfect for the haunting, harrowing experience.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
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This is dark, very dark... but that's why it's so good. Not many authors dare to go this far, but that is what it takes to succeed. This is a GOOD BOOK!