Review: Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan #TooClosetoBreathe

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Release date: April 5, 2018

Publisher: River Run

Genre: Mystery/Thriller



Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide.


DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately spots foul play. Sheehan, a trained profiler, is seeking a murderer with a talent for death.


As Frankie strives to paint a picture of the killer, and their victim, she starts to sense they are part of a larger, darker canvas, on which the lines between the two blur.

Olivia Kiernan’s debut is a bold, brilliant thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Too Close to Breathe!


Is there anything better as an avid reader than reading an amazing debut?! Anyone that reads a lot of crime fiction, and police procedurals in particular knows that at times the genre can feel a bit repetitive, stale even, but I can honestly say that this one was far from boring, it was a fantastically strong debut, really impressive.

Frankie is the ultimate flawed lead character, I genuinely liked her and found her to be an interesting person AND her past was totally intriguing. The case she’s working seems to be a standard suicide but winds up being anything but, I always like cases where things are not as they seem at first glance and this has plenty of surprises. The involvement of the dark web was another aspect that fascinated me, it’s frightening but also extremely interesting and makes for a great addition to the plot.

Kiernan is a really strong writer, this book is being compared to Tana French and I can definitely see why. She’s one of my favorite authors and Kiernan has a similar style, so if you enjoy her books definitely add this to your TBR!

Too Close to Breathe in three words: Authentic, Dark and Solid.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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