Reviewing Diane O’Toole’s Rings of Smoke


Erin Fallon is the eldest daughter of an Irish immigrant who took his family to a small town on the Lancashire/Cumbria border for what he believed to be a better life. It was what her mother wanted, but once she got it, it wasn’t enough. She had to have more. Leonard Fitch is an eminent neurosurgeon. His mother was never satisfied either, and her constant demands led to his father being killed in a motor accident. Leonard loved his father; he was the only person to treat him with kindness and affection. He hated his mother but could never stand up to her. Tormented and ridiculed throughout his childhood, Leonard swore to exact revenge on womankind in general, but mothers in particular. At a secluded lodge in the depths of Bleazedale Forest, for four years he carries out the most abominable atrocities with impunity. He takes girls on their birthday and keeps them holed up for a full twelve months before killing them and sending their mothers a birthday card with a picture of their beloved little girl, dead and with their severed feet placed either side of their head.

When I was given the chance to read this book I was excited –  just have a read of that blurb! My full review is under the cut as well as details of everyone else involved in the blog tour. Enjoy (and then get the book)!

I was gripped by Rings of Smoke from the beginning to end mainly because I really liked Erin. She is a thoughtful interesting 16-year-old who is trying very hard to keep the family together and look after her siblings when their mother leaves them. Then there is also Leonard Fitch who decides to punish all mothers for what his mother put him through while growing up. Tormented and ridiculed his actions as an adult made me shiver.

Before reading this book I hadn’t head of Diane O’Toole (which truthfully isn’t saying much since I know basically no one) but I loved her writing style. Engaging, fast-paced, and really unputdownable I recommend it to everyone. BUT it isn’t for the faint of heart – there are times when it reads like a horror novel and it is all kinds of graphic. There were times when no matter how much I wanted to know what was going to happen I had to take a break from reading and remember that there is sunshine in the world and that Leonard isn’t standing behind me.

I have no desire to spoil it for any of you but there is going to be a sequel and that is pretty exciting!

I was just one of the people on Diane O’Toole’s blog tour – go forth and check out what everyone else has to say.


Rings of Smoke is published by Britain’s Next Bestseller and out today and you can buy it from all good and evil book stores.

I was given this book for free as part of the blog tour. My review is definitely my own and neither it nor my opinions haven’t been swayed by the free book swag.

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