White Smoke
by Tiffany D. Jackson

Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada and HCC Frenzy for gifting me an electronic ARC of White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now, if you’re looking something that will honestly give you the creeps, chills, and make your heart race when you’re reading alone at night—then look no further than White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson because it is the perfect book for you to read this spooky season.

White Smoke was published on September 14, 2021 – OUT NOW! 

White Smoke is a YA horror and thriller novel about a family who moves to a neighbourhood which appears to be an abandoned ‘ghost-town’ that the city is trying to rehabilitate.  Their new house is beautiful and has been fully renovated in order to welcome them, but when the lights go out at night it becomes clear that something is very wrong—things go missing, doors open and close, there are loud booming footsteps, creepy shadows, and a foul odour in the air.  As much as the family doesn’t want to admit it, they know that the house is haunted.  The entire novel is told through Marigold’s (17) perspective as she grapples with her creepy new surroundings (home, school) and anxieties from her past that have moved along with her.

The atmospheric and spooky elements of this book were amazing and deserve ALLLL the stars.  I cannot tell you how creeped out I was for most of the book.  However, I’m going to be honest and say that I struggled to get through some parts because of how heavily focused they are on marijuana and being high.  I don’t think the amount that it’s mentioned is necessary for the story, whatsoever.  I have never been too keen to read books that are heavily focused on drug content—especially in a YA book—but that could also just be the inner teacher in me cringing? Nonetheless, it did hinder my reading experience.  If you aren’t bothered by that in your books, then you won’t have any problem enjoying reading this.

However, what redeemed this book for me (and why I’m giving it 4 stars) is the last 20% of the book.  It is absolutely WILD and terrifying and will have you on the edge of your seat.  I was SO creeped out that part of me wanted to stop reading it but I also felt SO compelled to continue.  The revelations happen in quick succession and just as you’ve wrapped your head around one, another will have your jaw dropping to the floor.   I can’t stress this enough: the ending really makes the entire read worth it.

There were parts that were not as neatly tied together in the end as I had hoped they would be—but it also leaves it very open for a sequel, which would be SO exciting.

If you are looking for a spooky book to give you chills this spooky season, then I can’t recommend White Smoke enough.


ABOUT WHITE SMOKE:

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

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