Cari Hunter is an expert at grabbing the reader’s attention with the very first sentence and refusing to let go until the last sentence of the novel. That is exactly what she has done with her latest action-adventure book Breathe.
This tale has all the elements we have come to expect from Ms. Hunter’s novels. We have the vividly described setting of the city of Manchester and surrounding area with the gloomy and somewhat scary mood that fits the story since the city is experiencing copious amounts of rain and dangerous flooding. The main characters are so well drawn that I felt like I knew them and wanted to be friends with both of them. The pace of the story is perfect, and even though this is an action-adventure/ mystery, Ms. Hunter does occasionally include bits of humor to lighten the tension of the plot. I especially loved some of the characters’ names, and I’m not only talking about the main character Jemima (Jem) Pardon. Some of the minor character names had me chuckling. The main characters, Jem and Rosie are really perfectly developed and their attraction to each other is very easy to see. They have a slow-burn romance that works well in the story.
This is a wonderful story filled with action, some violence, angst, humor and love; all of the elements we expect from such an excellent author. This book is definitely in my list of favorites, and I will be looking forward to more from this wonderful author.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.