White Smoke by Tiffany D Jackson is a suspenseful and intriguing horror story. This book is an incredible, dark, spooky, ghost story, contains drug use, rehab, violence, blood, and animal injury. It was wonderful and I didn’t want to put it down once I began reading. Our primary character mari, had it bad from the starting and things just deteriorated for her as well as her family. This novel had my interest, and I will look at other books from this writer as she had me hooked from the start to the end. The details she put in this novel to portray the scary and startling scenes had me as eager and anxious as ever as I read this story.
Mari and her family leave California and look for a new beginning in a Midwestern town. Her mother accepted a new opportunity from the Sterling Foundation. As the foundation tries to redesign and revitalize rundown parts of town, Mari’s family is given a recently remodeled house to remain in during the program. Very soon, Mari started getting really strange vibes from the house, abnormal scents, objects moving on their own, unexplained sounds, shadows and voices. As Mari finding out about her new town she starts to, uncover insider facts and secrets.
In the first place, Jackson works really hard from the start making a creepy atmosphere. The one where you know something sinister is going on directly from page one. This story of the novel is pitched as Get Out meets The Haunting of Hill House, and truly, that is what this book feels like. For example, things are taking place behind closed doors, and nobody truly needs Mari and her family there. It simply adds to the creepy idea of what’s going on in their home.
Generally, the characters are very much fleshed out and add a ton to the story. Mari has a serious fear of bed bugs, and her uneasiness is important for what helps in building the suspense. As happenings in the house begin to rise, I was unable to put the book down!
The ending, however, felt excessively sudden to me. Truly, there’s a ton of development for an extraordinary resolution, with parallels to what in particulars occurring in reality. We got a bit of resolution, but I needed more! Normally I’m good with open endings, however another 10 or 15 pages I think would have pushed it to where it should have been.
All in all, if you’re looking for a good creepy novel to add to your to be read list, White Smoke by Tiffany D Jackson will definitely fit the bill!