Book #112: The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

I received an ARC via a Goodreads Giveaway. This is an honest review, everything that follows is my opinion. I have not been compensated in any way.

The Breathless is a case of pretty cover and interesting blurb. There, I’ve said it. I was very conflicted while reading this book. On one hand, the writing is well done. It definitely feels like a Southern Gothic book. On the other hand, I found myself getting disjointed at times.

What did that? Well, the book is written in third person for the most part. This is the POV that works and it should have stayed that way. And then, all of a sudden, we are given words like “We see him, but he doesn’t see us.” This confused me. I had no idea who “we” was. I thought at first it was the reader, but then I wondered if “we” was supposed to be the magical spirits invoked. I don’t know and it’s not explained.

For the most part, the book was good. I did like the story itself. But, again, there was a nagging feature. Most of the story’s questions are answered, except for one glaring one. I’d go deeper into it, but it would be a spoiler. Needless to say, it was this nagging question that forced me to rate this book lower than an three.

Would I reread this book? Nah. Would I recommend this book? Not so much. Would I read more of Goedjen? Yes, I would.

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