Title: Too Close to Breathe
Author : Olivia Kiernan
Publication Date: 04/05/18
DCS Frankie Sheehan has just returned to work after a short medical/psychological leave from being attacked at a murder scene. Upon her return, she is handed a case that I’m sure her superiors expected to be an easy transition back into the field–a seemingly cut-and-dry suicide by hanging.
However, when Frankie discovers evidence that this may not have been a suicide, more murders and additional evidence begin to quickly unravel, with one of the biggest players being Prussian Blue. Prussian Blue is an artisit’s paint and has strangely been found in odd placements of multiple crime scenes.
The team has to dig into the victim(s) dark secrets and habits in order to make connections and discover witnesses/suspects. There’s a dark, overlying mystery–Who was the abused and the abuser? Who was the victim.. and who was the murderer?
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This was a very interesting concept for a police procedural. You get little tidbits of information about Frankie’s most recent case–one in which she was injured badly by the man they apprehended as the killer. Plus, you get a super intriguing new case that has multiple suspects, multiple victims, and a very strange signature to the crime scene(s).
The last 25% of this book went very quickly.. I was so into it and exciting to see how it turned out. The ending did not disappoint. It was one of those Ah-HA endings where I wasn’t completely blindsided by an unexpected conclusion, but yet it wasn’t what I had been suspecting either… There were definite clues along the way, in hindsight, so the conclusion didn’t ‘come out of left field’ and I was very satisfied with the ending.
So here’s a little fun game you can play during this novel that highlights something that is quite funny but also was highly annoying.
Heres How You Play:
Step One: Pick a Buddy Read Partner
Step Two: Grab your adult beverage of choice
Step Three: Everytime you read the word F*ck, throw it back.
Enjoy and Good Luck….
Wanna know how many shots you would have thrown back if you read the novel in one sitting?
One Hundred and Twenty-One shots! So you’re going to need roughly four handles of your favorite beverage.
(And I know I had to have missed highlighting some of them)
And we had a nice little variety of the use of the word, such as….
“but for f*ck’s sake”
“right f*cking answer”
“roads are gone to f*ck”
“you couldn’t wait five f*cking lousy minutes”
And my personal favorite…
“and thank f*ck for that”
^^This little characteristic of this book was the only reason this did not have a much higher rating from me. To be honest, there were several times where I rolled my eyes and almost called it quits in order to move on to another novel on my TBR. I am very glad I stuck with it, but I just felt this was very nonsensical and unnecessary to the story line. Some language adds character and can demonstrate a relaxed disposition between two characters.. but at the rate that is shown in this novel.. it just almost feels silly.
Thank you to Olivia Kiernan and Dutton for providing me with a DRC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.