Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

The Last Breath
by Kimberly Belle

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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…

Kritters Thoughts:  Gia is the youngest sibling, but the one that left home and now is returning home to take care of her ailing father who is being released from prison.  She knows that her days at home are numbered, but she doesn't know that she will have to confront some demons while home.

First, I love the going home books where a character has to return home and face the things they "ran" away from.  Usually those things they ran away from turn up and I love seeing characters confront a fear or situation head on.  

I sometimes read into birth order and as a first born tend to enjoy books more from first born points of view.  It was interesting read from the third child, the baby in the family, but the child that actually has most of their stuff together compared to her two older siblings.  I had to remind myself often that she was the youngest in the family and I liked it.

This book was the perfect combination who dun it and women's fiction.  I loved that there was a mystery to solve, but the book didn't go dark and completely revolving around looking for the clues and the answer - that was just a part of this book.

What an amazing book - definitely an official Kimberly Belle fan!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Be Books Consulting.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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