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Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson

Her Last Breath
Author : Hilary Davidson
Published : July 1st, 2021 by Thomas & Mercer
296 pages
Kindle Edition

As I’ve ventured deeper down my journey to read my way through the sizeable and, quite frankly, eclectic TBR pile I’ve accumulated over the years, I’ve stumbled across a number of books in the Thriller/Mystery/Suspense genre that I’ve really enjoyed. It’s been a pleasant surprise and had me questioning if just maybe I was beginning to become a fan of these genres after all these years.

Her Last Breath
Title: Her Last Breath
Page Count: 296
Published: 07/01/2021
Categories: ,
When Dierdre gets a message from her sister on the day of her funeral stating that her husband was the one that killed her, the race to solve the mystery is on. But this mystery runs through a well connected, ultra wealthy family with more than a few skeletons in the closet and the question becomes one of survival very quickly. Suspenseful thriller or predictable snoozefest?

Unfortunately, this book made me realize that while I don’t hate these genres, by and large it’s just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a BAD book. It’s just not for me.

I really did enjoy Davidson’s writing style and voice. The pace was fast and even though I wasn’t all that interested in the story, her writing voice kept me turning pages as I burned through this story to see what happened.

For me, the biggest issue I have is that I just wasn’t all that interested in the story.

It COULD be a case of wrong book at the wrong time. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a mystery thriller? But in my gut, while I never want to speak ill of an authors work, this book just didn’t do it for me. Like I said, it’s not a bad book at all.

It just wasn’t clicking with me and I found that I really wasn’t invested in the characters or story at all, with the exception of wanting to find out if my guess about the ending would turn out to be correct. And that’s just not enough to make me enjoy a book.

From a character stand-point, there are only a few main players and, by and large, only two of them have any real sort of character arc. Out of those two I did enjoy our main character of Dierdre, a bit of a black sheep in her family, tough and take no nonsense type of woman with an air of total “bad-ass-itude” about her. But that’s about as invested as I was able to get with this story.

Obviously I won’t ruin the story by spoiling anything, but the gist of the story is that Dierdre’s sister Caroline has died. While attending her funeral Dee gets an email from her now dead sister saying that her husband was the one that killed her. From there we get a rip roaring pace as she works to figure out just what happened to her sister.

Her journey leads her through her brother in law Theo, and his ultra wealthy family. And as with most wealthy families… the richer they are, the more dark skeletons are hiding in the closets.

I don’t say this to brag in any way, shape, or form. But the story was fairly predictable in my opinion and by about 40% through the book I stopped and made a note in the kindle app with my predictions about how it would end. Once I had figured out the mystery(at least I thought I had it figured out) the rest of the book became a race to see if I was right.

Sadly, with the exception of a few wrinkles that I hadn’t seen coming, I had it right.

And that doesn’t make for an exciting story experience, especially when you figure it out that early in the book.

While the last third or so did pick up the pace with a bit more action, largely the book felt like not a lot was happening outside of a lot of inner thoughts and outer conversations. Which is a bummer because I really did enjoy Davidson’s writing.

Again, I can’t say this enough, I’m not saying this is a bad book.

I’m just saying that it wasn’t for me. It’s a terrific example of a book that fans of the genre will likely love as it’s well written, fast paced, and does a nice job of balancing the danger and intrigue with the tugging of heartstrings. Turns out, I’m just not a huge fan of the genre.

At the end of the day, the book just missed the mark for me personally, however if you enjoy a fast paced, family drama, murder mystery with plenty of suspenseful twists and turns… you’ll probably love this book.

Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson gets 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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