I'm thrilled to be one of stops on the blog tour for Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
It's always a fine balance trying to introduce a character and also hitting the ground running with a story and I think overall Olivia Kiernan manages this. I have to admit that there is a slower pace to begin with but to be honest I felt like I got to know Frankie pretty well this way. Along with making me curious as to her past and what happened to her as bits and pieces are slowly revealed. Frankie is very intriguing much like the case in Too Close to Breathe and I especially liked her thought process. Together with Baz they make a great team although she has her flaws especially in her put downs to the people around her. However her pure determination to find the killer made me appreciate her character flaws and all.
Olivia Kiernan has a descriptive writing style that sets the scene and definitely helped to pull me into the story. It has a complex twisty plot with a fair few suspects which helped to keep my interest along with being invested in discovering the truth. The Dark Web aspect was very interesting as I hadn't read many books with it featuring in the storyline. I have seen the odd detective/police TV show where the subject is mentioned but that is about my knowledge of the subject. So it was great to see this in the storyline as I wondered how events would play out and how it would all tie in.
A brilliant debut and I for one can't wait to see what will happen next in the series. Too Close to Breathe has a tense and dark storyline that had the power to keep me guessing throughout!
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Anne Cater and River Run Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer living in the UK and author of crime thriller, Too Close to Breathe. She was born and raised in County Meath, near the famed heritage town of Kells and holds an MA in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Sussex. Olivia’s second book, The Killer In Me, will publish in April 2019.
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