Monday, September 5, 2016

a book in review!

Brief Summary:

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.

In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.


I'm a big fan of Heather Gudenkauf and her writing style. I think by reading One Breath Away I've read every book she's wrote. She has a way of gripping the reader into the world she's creating right away. It's kinda unreal how good of a storyteller she is! One Breath Away is told in 4 different characters voices and each one's voice is just as powerful as the others. You really get a sense that you are right there in the classroom with Mrs. Oliver or out in the cold trying to put everything together with Officer Meg. I love how you become a part of the story and in this case a member of the Broken Branch community. I honestly had no one idea who the shooter was and was shocked when I found out! I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who is looking for a thriller that is told in a different way and has a twist each chapter, xo!

Buy One Breath Away