The Last Breath

Author:  Kimberly Belle                        last
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genre:  Mystery
Source:  BEA


Publication Date:  September 30, 2014


Goodreads:  From a remarkable new voice in suspenseful women’s fiction comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family…

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…

Ope’s Opinion:  There are some good things about this book.  It had some really good twists and turns you will not see coming.  The tension kept me reading.  The relationships made me invested in knowing who committed the crime.

The things that made me not give this book more chairs were the foul language was over the top,unnecessary.  The sex scenes were too explicit and did not add to the story at all.  I was disappointed in the ending.  I also think too much time was spent on the characters in bed instead of building relationships and figuring out who committed the crime.

Overall, a good mystery.  Just a little too much of the book was spent on other aspects then the crime.

Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
3 chairs

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