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.
©2016 Mark Matthews (P)2016 Mark Matthews
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.
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.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
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.
The perfect sequel to Mark Matthews urban horror tale of drug addiction and extreme dysfunction
Enjoyed her performance greatly
I liked Crystal. Even though she was doing terrible things, she was doing them for the love of the two children, Oscar and Lilly
I was given a review copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review and this was it
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Gritty. This book is an absolute mind-blowing story. I read this book while doing out patient physio for an accident, and found myself completely wrapped up in it as I worked through my exercises....so much so that I was able to block out the people around me.
The writing was well-paced, and very thorough. The author has an excellent way of painting a picture for the reader to imagine. That being said, due to the often unbelievable and horrifying nature of the subject matter, I can honestly say that if this book was made into a movie, there is no way I would watch it. It would be much too dark for me...
I had never heard of milk-blood before, but let me end this by saying, don't do drugs kids....not once, not ever! The fact that addicts will go to these extremes is heart breaking and beyond sad.
If you are looking for a scary, noir, and dark fast-paced story, I recommend All Smoke Rises. It will keep you turning pages.
Lily - such a deep soul for someone so young
All Smoke Rises is probably in the middle or what I consider average of all the audio books I have listened too so far.
I iked the way the main character, Crystal, tried so hard to make up the tragic loss of her son, Oscar. She takes on the responsibility of Lilly who is in a similar situation.
I liked Crystal. Even though she was doing terrible things, she was doing them for the love of the two children, Oscar and Lilly.
Drug use on a child? No No No. But what if?
Excellent narration. Good story line. Well put together.
I love audio books.
This book was very different, never read anything like it.
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.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and utilized Whispersync by reading my Kindle when I couldn't listen. This book is really disturbing, and I think it will stay with me for a long time (a mark of a good book, in my opinion). Apparently, this book is a sequel, but I read this one without having read the previous book in the series. It didn't hamper my enjoyment one bit, but I definitely want to go back and read the other. This is a dark, paranormal, urban horror story that centers around addiction, poverty, child abuse, and more of the dark struggles in society. It is haunting, and will stick with you long after you finish reading it. As far as the narration goes, I thought it was decent. I wasn't blown away by it, and I had a couple times I had a hard time hearing it because the "voice" the narrator was using was so quiet. Still, it wasn't bad. Overall, great book (albeit disturbing), and I really want to check out the previous book in the series.
This is a hard breaking story at the life of a drug users and the effects such behavior has on society and friends and family. It kept my interest from beginning to end.
My mind kept wandering while I was listening to this book. I found the story boring. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
"A Truly Harrowing Horror"
It is the best horror book I've ever read... It really does live up to the name!
She built tension extremely well and was perfect for the haunting, harrowing experience.
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!
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