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Title: Breathe Your Last
Series: Detective Josie Quinn #10
Author: Lisa Regan
This is a superb police crime thriller story in the Detective Josie Quinn series, a series I can’t recommend highly enough to anyone who enjoys this genre. It is a fascinating read in which there are a sequence of seemingly unconnected but strange events in which people die or are seriously injured. . . . a championship swimmer drowns, a retired fireman sets his home alight even though he and his grand children are inside it . . .just what is the connection? As Josie strives to discover the links and determine just who is causing it, she also has concerns over just what her partner is up to and why is he avoiding her? As more danger threatens, cover ups and secrets are slowly revealed but can she help stop any more people dying at the hands of the perpetrator(s)(?) and keep herself and those she loves safe?
This is another fascinating read, a real page turner, which skilfully blends the investigation with Josie’s daily life, family and romance. You just have to love Harris, he’s such a delightful four year old and even copes with all the ‘training’ Josie gives him to keep him safe! The tension escalates as the story proceeds, with plenty of clues, misdirection, drama and mystery. I’d never heard of the horrendous cause of all the mystery but I’m not revealing it here, either, and was amazed to discover it really exists. This is a superb read with great characters, full of twists and turns and has whet my appetite to want to read more by this highly talented author. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Josie presses her hands into the center of the drowned girl’s chest and pumps, counting off compressions. She takes in the girl’s beautiful face, her brown eyes glassy. The memory of a champion swimmer on the podium with her teammates—a red swim cap on, her head thrown back in laughter—a stark contrast to the cold, still body before her. Breathe. Just breathe…
The body of a young girl lying face down in a swimming pool—white tennis shoes still on her feet, chestnut hair fanned out like a halo—is the last thing Detective Josie Quinn expects to find on an early morning visit to see her brother before class at Denton University. But when she recognizes the girl’s face as she drags her limp body from the water, there’s only one question racing through Josie’s mind: how does a champion swimmer accidentally drown?
Nysa Somers’ family is distraught. She was a model student, beloved daughter and everybody’s friend. There’s no way she would do anything reckless enough to put her scholarship at risk, let alone her life. It’s up to Josie and her team to piece together what happened in the hours leading up to Nysa’s death, and that begins with finding her missing backpack.
But the bag, discarded in the woods on the nearby campus, contains nothing more than empty food wrappers, Nysa’s phone and a cryptic calendar entry telling her to be a mermaid.
The next day, a terrible housefire envelops the nearby home of a retired fireman, nearly killing his two granddaughters. The last words the little girls heard him mutter before he set the blaze were, be a match.
As the body count rises, it’s only Josie who can see the deadly pattern forming. Can she convince her team that the wrapper found in Nysa’s bag that everyone overlooked is the crucial link they’re missing? Not while her partner, Noah, is avoiding her calls and acting so coldly towards her. Josie knows she must go it alone if she’s going to stop this silent and calculated serial killer before any more precious lives are taken.
But with the killer finally in her sights, Josie takes a deadly risk and finds herself hanging onto life by her fingernails. Can she trust her team to save her, and before it’s too late?
An unputdownable and totally gripping crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.