Title: The Smell of Other People's Houses
Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
I have to say, I wasn't really sure what this book was going to be about/be like based off of the title. The Smell of Other People's Houses? Ummm okay...but the cover was gorgeous and grabbed my attention. So I gave it a go.
The Smell of Other People's Houses contains the stories of 4 different characters. Each with their own heart wrenching tale.
First there is Ruth. Ruth is harboring a secret. One that she is afraid to share.
Then there is Alyce. Alyce just wants to dance, but she has to choose between dance and what she thinks her father wants.
And there is Dora. The poor girl. She thinks she has managed to get away from the hell that was her life, but did she really?
Then finally we have Hank who has run away from a bad life with his two brothers in tow.
Each tale is different. Each character takes their own path. Yet some how all of these characters stories get entangled with the others.
This story is filled with so many feels. You cannot help but feel for each character individually. There were points where I just wanted to hug them and be there for them. I was that drawn in.
Not only are the stories for all the main characters great, but a lot of side characters get stories filled out too. I am very impressed with how Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was able to put it all together and to keep them all straight.
I will warn you that this story is told from 4 different viewpoints. So you will have 4 different narrators. I only warn you of this because I know there are those out there that do not like having so many narrators to story. This being said, I did not have difficult following along with each character. I felt each had their own unique voice.
This is a story that you want to pay attention to as you read it. It is the kind of story where you will miss something if you don't. I am sure that when I finally do a reread of this beautiful tale I will find so much stuff that I didn't even realize I missed. Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is a fantastic story weaver.
This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.