'Truly first class. Just knock-out' C. J Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead.
When Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home, something about the scene doesn't add up.
DCS Frankie Sheehan, a trained profiler, is handed the case and immediately spots foul play. What at first looks like an open and shut case of suicide quickly starts to fall apart.
Then Amy Keegan, a young woman from Frankie's home town, is found dead. As details of her personal life emerge, a sinister link to Eleanor is uncovered. Who were these two women behind their ordinary exteriors? Where is Eleanor's husband, missing these last three weeks? And why can't Frankie shake the feeling that these murders are connected to a previous case?
As Frankie strives to paint a picture of the killer, and their victims, she starts to sense they are part of a larger, darker canvas, on which the lines between the two begin to blur.
Olivia Kiernan's debut is a bold, brilliant thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless.
'Fantastic . . . Compelling, chilling and brilliant' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
'A hard-boiled take on Tana French . . . a talent to watch' Irish Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Olivia Kiernan’s chilling, compulsive debut takes us to Dublin, where we meet DCS Frankie Sheehan. A detective still battling the trauma of the last case she took on, she’s nonetheless thrown straight into the next when a scientist named Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her impeccably ordered home. Initially thought to be a suicide, things take a more sinister turn when Frankie quickly realises it’s anything but. You’ll be engrossed from start to finish as the details of this twisting novel emerge, including Eleanor’s mysteriously missing husband and, later, a second woman who is found dead, the murder carried out with frighteningly similar details. Too Close to Breathe is a stunningly accomplished, suspenseful debut, with an engrossing back story for its complex but likeable lead detective. This is a must-read for fans of police procedurals and addictive crime thrillers.
Det. Chief Supt. Frankie Sheehan, the heroine of Irish author Kiernan's solid debut, has recovered sufficiently from being gravely wounded in the line of duty to investigate the apparent suicide of Eleanor Costello at her Dublin home, but a closer look at the body shows it's a clever murder. Digging into Eleanor's life and searching for her missing husband uncovers plenty of secrets and indicates she wasn't as straitlaced as she appeared. When the body of another woman turns up, Sheehan quickly discovers that the two are connected through Eleanor's husband, and a snuff video of the last victim leads the police into some sinister places on the dark web. Meanwhile, the case that left Sheehan injured and still a bit shaky is coming up for trial, but she suddenly isn't so sure the authorities have charged the right person after all. The intersection of the two cases feels too convenient, and Sheehan's post-trauma troubles offer nothing new. Still, likable characters, strong pacing, and the appealing Dublin locale bode well for any sequel.
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Too Close to Breathe
Great storyline - love the main character’s sassiness - already on to Olivia Kiernan’s next book!
A great read.
Loved that the story was told by the heroine. A real page turner full of surprises and twists telling the story of a female detective who is haunted by her recent shave with death while pursuing a horrific serial killer on the loose in Ireland. Anybody who likes a good crime thriller will find this a great read.