The Smell of Gas by Erin O’Riordan is about how the lives of ten people that are intertwined.
Leander and Fred (short for Frida) are roommates who do heroin. Fred’s girlfriend, Brigid, is a high school girl who likes to party as well as get good grades in school. She is determined not to be a junkie and says she only uses on the weekend. She has sex with Rev. Prescott at the Prescott’s Wedding Anniversary celebration.
Another character, Darius, is a police officer and he and his wife, Renata, are trying to have a child.
Renata’s sister, Monica, and her husband are expecting their first child. Darius’ ex–partner, Tim Kawguchi, was a police officer that had gotten shot in the line of duty. He is now a yoga instructor. He meets and falls for Diana Bell who just happens to be Brigid’s sister.
Overall the stories make a decent read. It is this reviewer’s opinion that it just seems to jump around a bit and it does not flow correctly. However, the characters are very engaging and the plots are extremely good in and of themselves. This is a good read if you can follow the various individual plots and follow them all together. The woven integrity of this story is at stake with the confusion I endured while trying to follow the mini plots.
*** 3 Stars
Carol Langstroth, Manager
Mind Fog Reviews