Throwback Thursday – One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf


Published June 26, 2012 by MIRA


Goodreads Description:

When the unthinkable happens, a community is rocked to its core in this heart-stopping and emotionally-charged thriller from New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, Heather Gudenkauf.

In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.


My Thoughts:

Heather Gudenkauf is another one of my favorite authors. I read this novel a few years ago, but it’s one that has really stayed with me.

What stars as an ordinary school day, quickly turns into chaos as a lone gunman enters a local school in Broken Branch, Iowa. He takes the classroom full of children and their teacher, hostage.

Who is he? What does he want?

Well written and fast paced, it held my interest from start to finish. The story was told from multiple perspectives, but was easy to follow. I was on edge and excited to read what was going to happen next.

I highly recommend this novel.

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