The Last Breath
Adult Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
September 30th 2014
Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It's the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia's father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he's come home to die of cancer, and she's responsible for his care—and coming to terms with his guilt.
Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town's most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.
As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated.
A few nits aside (like the constant reminders of how important and highly regarded Gia Andrews’ job as an International Aid is), I really enjoyed this book. The first quarter of the book is a little slow but the pacing and the mystery picks up rather quickly. I really like reading a book where I can’t tell whodunit and in The Last Breath, you literally don’t find out until the end.
This story is told in dual time periods which works really well, with the events of the past uncovering clues in the future. I do feel like we missed one last journal entry from Gia’s stepmother. There’s a tiny thread hanging out that’s not been tied off but it doesn’t detract from the story.
The Last Breath was a great Sunday afternoon read… read it front to back in one sitting and that’s hard to come by for me these days!