I hadn’t initially planned to review Don’t Even Breathe by Keith Houghton, choosing to read it in between ARCs for a bit of a break. However, I was so impressed by this mystery thriller that I just had to review it to share my thoughts!
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From the bestselling author of Crash comes a riveting thriller rife with murder, misdirection, and ghosts from the past.
Florida homicide detective Maggie Novak has seen hundreds of brutal murder cases, but when she is called out to investigate the charred remains of a young woman, in what appears to be a Halloween prank gone wrong, she is confronted with a twenty-year-old secret. The body is formally identified as that of school counselor Dana Cullen, but a distinguishing mark makes Maggie look again. She believes it is the body of her school friend Rita, who perished in a fire twenty years ago.
Maggie’s hunt for the truth behind the murder takes her back to a cruel high school trick she’s desperate to forget. And when another body turns up, Maggie realizes she too may be the target of a sinister plot creeping toward its final act.
Maggie needs emotional distance to do her job, but she’s so close to this case that she can’t even breathe. Will Maggie be able to uncover the truth of who wanted Rita dead? Or will her past mistakes catch up with her first?
(Taken from Goodreads)
After recently purchasing Kindle Unlimited, Don’t Even Breathe by Keith Houghton was my first choice to read. Something about it just grabbed me – the intriguing storyline, curious characters, and powerful cover. I’m a big fan of the thriller genre (in particular crime) for its pace and addictiveness, and I was certainly not let down by this one.
After a bit of a reading slump I managed to read this one over two days, lacking in sleep because I simply couldn’t turn my Kindle off after dark. With every chapter came a new cliffhanger, urging me to turn the page and find out what was really going on. Houghton’s writing is mysterious and clever, meaning that you never quite understand what’s really happening until right at the very end (and, of course, when the possibility of sleep has been and gone).
Maggie was a fascinating character to follow – many redeemable qualities but definitely also some issues that she needs to work through. She’s relatable, and I loved getting absorbed by the frequent inner dialogue as she works through things in her head. This is the same for the other characters, too, and I enjoyed seeing how they all related to one another. There are lots of switches to different scenes and characters throughout the book, as is often the way with fast-paced thrillers, but it’s done well and doesn’t confuse or overwhelm the reader.
The best bit is of course the plot – it’s filled with twists and turns and so many red herrings that will catch you out (even when you’re expecting them!). What starts off as just an interesting mystery becomes more and more complex as we get further into it, only adding to the intrigue and piling on the suspense.
Don’t Even Breathe was a book that truly got me psyched up about it and that’s always a good sign to me – whilst reading it I just had to talk to other people about it, and I was so gripped by the plot that it took precedence over many other things that I should have been doing at that time (oops). The book is a whirlwind of fast-paced and nail-biting tension, with an intelligent storyline that you’ll become engrossed in immediately. An excellent read within the thriller genre, and I’m excited for the second book in the series, A Place Called Fear, which is due to be released December 2019.
If you like to purchase a copy of Don’t Even Breathe by Keith Houghton (free if you have Kindle Unlimited!) then you can do so here:
With a whopping 7 kindle store #1 bestsellers to his name and more than 130 individual category #1 chart-toppers, Keith is one of the UK’s most successful crime fiction authors on Amazon. His books have been awarded “Best Books of the Year” status by Amazon Editors and nominated for the Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards. All-told he has sold in excess of 900,000 books and 45,000 audiobooks in 14 countries and has more than 10,000 Five-Star reviews across Amazon, Audible and Goodreads.
(Taken from Amazon)
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