Two mothers generations apart, unknown to each other. Neither has a clue of the devastation and heartbreak their actions have caused. Neither understands the damage they have done to their own offspring; one by deserting her family, one by staying. But both are the same; greedy and demanding. They both wanted more, and they pushed their husbands to the brink to get it.Rings of Smoke is a crime thriller set in 1970's northern England, where the Fallon family, recently emigrated from Ireland, now live. When the mother, Helen, leaves her husband for another man, eldest daughter Erin sets off to search for her, unaware that she has been stalked by a serial killer for the last six weeks.All Erin wants is to find her mother and bring her home. What she encounters is Leonard Fitch, an eminent surgeon with a deep, dark secret. Now, in a secluded forest ranger's lodge, Erin must fight to survive or never see her family again.
Diane o'Toole was born in Manchester into a large family of seven brothers and five sisters. As a child her play-ground was Belle Vue, one of the largest amusement parks in Europe. She has always been known as a storyteller. As a very young girl, she developed a voracious passion for books, and read all the classics. For Rings of Smoke, she drew on real life experiences, particularly in respect of the protagonist Erin Fallon.