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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

Release Date - September 2014

Kimberly Belle
Harlequin MIRA

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Sixteen years ago, Gia Andrews left her hometown. She escaped the gossip and scorn that resulted after her stepmother was allegedly murdered by her father. Now he's dying and Gia's been given the responsibility of staying with him in their family home until he dies.

With little help from her siblings, Gia faces her fast and discovers there are things never revealed during the court hearings. Is her father really guilty or has someone else been walking free for years? As she forms a relationship with the town bartender, Gia decides to unravel the truth behind the murder and try to forge a life of her on in a town that scorns her entire family.

The buzz for The Last Breath started building prior to the book's release date. There's good reason. Gia's story is told from both her stepmother's side, back in the past, and then Gia's side in the present. Readers, therefore, are given insight into things that the characters don't, yet the mystery involving the murder remains a mystery until the very end. I thought I'd figured out the killer's identity very early into the book, and I was wrong. I wasn't even close. That doesn't often happen when I read a mystery, so it was very refreshing.

With a well-balanced mix of mystery, romance, and suspense, I found The Last Breath to be a thoroughly memorable read. I'm intrigued to see more from Kimberly Belle in the future!

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