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Review | One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf

Title:  One Breath Away

Author:  Heather Gudenkauf

Publish Date:  June 26, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Website: N/A

Imprint: N/A

My Source:  Purchased at Target

My rating: 4.5 Stars

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.  (Goodreads Summary)

My Review:

This is the third book by Heather Gudenkauf and she doesn’t disappoint! She is still one of my favorite authors. Her style of telling a story thru the lives of several characters gets better and better with each book I have read. (and I have read them all).

She had me guessing throughout the book and what I especially liked was the fact that she had me guessing up until the end. Good job! Each character tells their part of the ongoing story as it happens. Sometimes you get a flashback, sometimes you get the present. The transition of the story from character to character was very well done. Not only did you know what was going on (a school was taken hostage by a man with a gun) thru the eyes of every character involved, you also got to know what each character was like, who they were.


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Review | The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos

Title: The Three-Day Affair

Author: Michael Kardos

Publish Date: September 04, 2012

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Website: Official Site Here

Imprint: The Mysterious Press

My Source: Netgalley

My rating: 3 Stars

The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press intro­duces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction. Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have been friends since college. Each has gone their own way while forging new lives. Will is a part-time drummer who spends his time in recording studios, Nolan is happily unmarried, while Jeffrey is wealthy and has a baby on the way. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything.

One night on a drive they stop at a convenience store for Jeffrey to pick up cigarettes. Within moments, Jeffrey comes out of the store dragging a young woman with him. He shoves her into Will’s car and shouts a single word: “Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys.

Suddenly three ordinary men find themselves completely out of their ele­ment, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out what else they’re capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate—between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death. The Three-Day Affair marks the emergence of a truly talented new crime writer. (Official Book Summary)

My Review:

Four friends plan to spend an entire weekend reminiscing about college, playing several games of golf, drinking, and playing poker. But, that so isn’t what happens – there’s a kidnapping and a robbery that ensues. I was hooked! You know, it’s the way you can’t help but look to see what has happened when you drive by a car accident. That’s how hooked I was. The suspense in this story, kept me riveted. The trainwreck that was their decision making kept me reading. Could it be that these bright men, who graduated from Princeton, were so book smart yet were so completely stupid in their common sense? I had to finish to see if that was the case. As I read the story, I kept telling myself that this had to be some silly prank but as I kept reading, it certainly was not. I did get a better understanding of the evolution of their friendship and why some of the choices they made came about. Which I liked. The ending wasn’t what I expected and that was good, it kept me thinking about the story even after I had finished.

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