One Breath Away

Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 370
Genre: suspense
Source: BEA

Goodreads:       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.

Ope’s Opinion:  One Breath Away kept me reading.  It was fast paced and intense.  Trying to imagine who the shooter is,  made me want to keep reading.  I wanted to figure it out.  The clues were there, but I didn’t get it until far into the book.  I loved that the gunman was part of the story from the beginning and not just someone we didn’t know.  
                                    I am usually a slow reader.  This book was so captivating, I didn’t put it down much!  I did like that each chapter was short.  It made the story flow.  It made it easy to keep up with all the characters at the same time.

                                  Great book!  Highly recommend it.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.
               FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from BEA. 
      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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