Today I am joined by debut author, Olivia Kiernan, and her debut novel ‘Too Close To Breathe’. I am delighted to be reviewing this book as part of the blog tour, so a big thank you to the publisher for the ARC, and Anne Cater for the blog tour invite.
TOO SOON TO SEE
Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanged in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide.
TOO LATE TO HIDE
DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately spots foul play. Sheehan, a trained profiler, is seeking a murderer with a talent for death.
TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE
As Frankie strives to paint a picture of the killer, and their victim, she starts to sense they are part of a larger, darker canvas, on which the lines between the two blur.
What does TWG think?
I was really impressed by the complexity of ‘Too Close To Breathe’ as it is the authors debut novel, as well as being the first book in a new series. It didn’t come across like a debut novel at all – I mean, the storyline was well thought out and seemed to have the strength behind it of an author who had been churning out books for years.
‘Too Close To Breathe’ wasn’t what I call a ‘fast paced’ novel, not that I’m complaining of course! Well, I did struggle to begin with because certain situations to do with Frankie were being dragged out a little bit too long for my liking but, even though my mind was urging the storyline to get to the point, there is a reason why it is slow paced, and there is a reason why the readers get drip fed pieces of information.
If you’re expecting a rollercoaster ride of a read which leaves gasping for air – I wouldn’t point you in the direction of this book. However, if you’re after a book which gets under your skin, drip feeds you information at a teasing pace, makes your mind writhe with pressure and uncertainty, AND completely funks up your head – I would recommend this book time and time again.
Frankie’s colleagues are concerned about her ‘sanity’ and stress levels after she became a victim in an incident not so long ago. Unfortunately for Frankie, she then starts to suffer with PTSD but she still remains determined to do her job to the best of her ability. Her professionalism is soon put to the test when her team investigate several cases which show sign of similarity towards the case Frankie would love to be able to forget.
Frankie’s situation isn’t a unique one, but because of how ‘real’ she comes across in the story, her likeable factor went up several notches in my eyes. clichés maybe, but Frankie is an extremely complex character who I cannot wait to get to know more about.
‘Too Close To Breathe’ is full of dodgy characters and I couldn’t help but point my finger towards the majority of them in relation to the investigations. They were all rather shifty! What were they hiding? Because of that, trying to work out who the culprit was ended up being a lot harder than anticipated. Not that I am any good at trying to work out whodunnit, but still. Olivia Kiernan did keep me guessing until the very end, and I have to say that I was rather shocked when the truth came out! It’s pretty clear that the author loved putting red herrings into her storyline, trying to keep her readers on their toes, as it worked!
The fact that this book wasn’t fast paced didn’t ruin anything for me, in fact, it actually gripped me to the storyline a lot more. I did find the constant dead ends a bit annoying, but I think that was to do with my overall impatience more than anything as I was eager to find out the hows, why’s and wherefore’s.
A cracking debut novel, and a very promising start to a brand new series. Olivia Kiernan certainly has wet my appetite for the next book!