Book Review: A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke

A Single BreathWhat’s it about?

The deeper the water, the darker the secrets

There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing…

When Eva’s husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson’s brother’s doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. As strange details about her husband’s past begin to emerge, memories of the man she married start slipping through her fingers like sand, as everything she ever knew and loved about him is thrown into question. Now she’s no longer sure whether it was Jackson she fell in love with – or someone else entirely…

The truth is, it was all a lie . . .

My thoughts

This was our latest book club read and a book from an author that I’ve not read before.

Told from Eva’s perspective (with some interspersed pages from Jackson) we’re painted a picture of an idyllic whirlwind romance leading to marriage.  When Jackson drowns leaving behind a devastated Eva she becomes desperate for answers over her husband’s past.  After travelling to his home town she begins to discover everything she knew was built on a lie and gradually over the course of the book the level of deception is revealed.

I did have some issues with elements of believability; Eva’s visiting with people from Jackson’s past and the things she does in other people’s homes – I wasn’t convinced of this. There were also a few repeated phrases (the heat between them is one I recall overly used, I got a bit bored with reading the same descriptions.

The writing style is easy and flowing, the clues are there for the reader to pick up on. Although I had a feeling I knew where the story was going after Jackson’s death and was right; the majority of the plot is quite predictable. This book is less of a mystery and more about the romance which isn’t what I was expecting and it reminded me of TS Krupa’s Safe and Sound – the things you learn when a partner dies….intriguing!

I didn’t overly love the ending either, I needed a more definitive conclusion but I’m left wondering what happens after.

It was a nice touch with the author’s personal photo’s at the end of the book from her time in Tasmania but I don’t think I’ll be reading more.

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My month in books – January

With a Goodreads reading challenge of 80 books set for this year I’m off to a great start in January and so far am ahead of target. Who knows how long I’m going to be able to sustain this for but I’ll give it a really good go.

I’m still trying to reduce the amount of books that I’ve requested from publishers (perhaps if I stopped requesting books via Netgalley & Bookbridgr I’d be in with a better chance!). This month I’ve read 3, so continuing the effort at reducing the review pile to enable me to get onto my own books that I’ve had for donkeys ages.

How are you getting on with your Goodreads or other reading challenges?

Books read: 8

The Life I Left Behindthe teashop on the cornerthe-rose-petal-beachA Single Breaththe-liars-chair

 

 

 

Summer of the DeadAnd There Were NoneHoly Cow

 

Books added to the TBR: 4

Second LifeHausfrauThe MiniaturistThe-Ship

Currently reading: The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

Favourite book for January: I can’t decide between The Teashop on the Corner, Holy Cow and Then There Were None – have read some good books this month and am spoilt for a favourite!

WWW Wednesday (January 14)

Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading and is open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

A Single BreathAm half way through A Single Breath which is our book club choice for this month. It’s a bit of a mystery but I feel there may be some romance ahead. Reminded me of TS Krupa’s Safe and Sound – the things you learn when a partner dies….intriguing!

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

the-rose-petal-beachDeceptions in marriage and between friends ends in tragic events and leaves Tamia left to pick up the pieces for everyone concerned.

Dorothy Koomson manages to weave many webs of deceit against a Brighton backdrop – a great read.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

the-liars-chairI recently won two copies of The Liar’s Chair in a giveaway, so I gave one copy to another book club member with the intention of us all reading and discussing as an extra to our chosen read.

It’s about a hit and run, I recently read Keep Quiet which was also about the repurcussions of a hit and run so I hope they’re not too similar.

 

 What’s on your reading list this week?

WWW Wednesday (January 7)

Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading and is open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

www_wednesdays4

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

the-rose-petal-beachEvery love story has a dangerous twist.

Well this book is packing a punch, no feelings spared! It’s no wonder it’s a whopping 600 odd pages. Enjoying so far 🙂

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

the teashop on the cornerI can’t remember the last book that made me feel quite so emotional, on several occasions I found myself welling up with the tears ready to spill over. Just what I needed after a run of psychological thrillers. Full of cake, bookish treats and loveliness – a perfect read for romance and book lovers!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

A Single BreathThis is our next book club read, I’ve reserved it from the library so hopefully I’ll get it in time to be my next read.

“The deeper the water, the darker the secrets”

 

 

 What’s on your New Year’s reading list this week?