- Title: Breathe Your Last
- Series: Detective Josie Quinn #10
- Author: Lisa Regan
- Publisher: Bookouture
- Publication Day: December 9, 2020
- Where to buy: Amazon, https://geni.us/B08JM9BQH8Social; Apple, http://ow.ly/sjSV50BxAnP; Kobo, http://ow.ly/bwMS50BxAmn; Google, http://ow.ly/8FgP50BxApS
- Genre: Crime Thriller
- Would I recommend: Only if you like a well-told story with twists and turns aplenty that sucks you so far in, you don’t even want to put it down to go to sleep. If that sounds like you, then yes!
Josie presses her hands into the center of the drowned girl’s chest and pumps, counting off compressions. She takes in the girl’s beautiful face, her brown eyes glassy. The memory of a champion swimmer on the podium with her teammates—a red swim cap on, her head thrown back in laughter—a stark contrast to the cold, still body before her. Breathe. Just breathe…
The body of a young girl lying face down in a swimming pool—white tennis shoes still on her feet, chestnut hair fanned out like a halo—is the last thing Detective Josie Quinn expects to find on an early morning visit to see her brother before class at Denton University. But when she recognizes the girl’s face as she drags her limp body from the water, there’s only one question racing through Josie’s mind: how does a champion swimmer accidentally drown?
Nysa Somers’ family is distraught. She was a model student, beloved daughter and everybody’s friend. There’s no way she would do anything reckless enough to put her scholarship at risk, let alone her life. It’s up to Josie and her team to piece together what happened in the hours leading up to Nysa’s death, and that begins with finding her missing backpack.
But the bag, discarded in the woods on the nearby campus, contains nothing more than empty food wrappers, Nysa’s phone and a cryptic calendar entry telling her to be a mermaid.
The next day, a terrible housefire envelops the nearby home of a retired fireman, nearly killing his two granddaughters. The last words the little girls heard him mutter before he set the blaze were, be a match.
As the body count rises, it’s only Josie who can see the deadly pattern forming. Can she convince her team that the wrapper found in Nysa’s bag that everyone overlooked is the crucial link they’re missing? Not while her partner, Noah, is avoiding her calls and acting so coldly towards her. Josie knows she must go it alone if she’s going to stop this silent and calculated serial killer before any more precious lives are taken.
But with the killer finally in her sights, Josie takes a deadly risk and finds herself hanging onto life by her fingernails. Can she trust her team to save her, and before it’s too late?
An unputdownable and totally gripping crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.
My review in one sentence: I read this book in 24 hours.
But in case that was insufficient to tell you how amazing I thought the book was, let me expound.
Josie Quinn didn’t expect to find a dead body in the swimming pool when she went to see her brother at his job on the campus of the local college. But find one she did, and unexpectedly, it’s a championship swimmer. Drowned. How does that happen? Others might want to rule it a bizarre and unexpected accident, but Josie doesn’t think so. The problem is proving her theory that foul play was involved. But when other seemingly unexplainable incidents start happening, Josie knows she’s got to get to the bottom of things.
Josie is a likable character – a tough, dedicated detective who’s trying to learn how to let others get close to her. She’s good at her job and when she thinks she’s right, she doesn’t back down. She isn’t such a hardnose that she lacks empathy for the people she’s trying to help, but she will push to get the information she needs.
But we don’t see the story unfold only from Josie’s point of view. The killer’s thoughts are interspersed throughout the book, too. I found those little tidbits to be absolutely fascinating. And even with insights into what was on the killer’s mind, I didn’t see the big reveal coming until it hit me upside the head. I’d think, okay, I’ve got it figured out, and then there was a sudden shift, and I found myself right back in the dark. Well done, Ms. Regan. Well done!
This was the first of Lisa Regan’s Josie Quinn series that I’ve read. I got enough backstory to follow along with no problems, but now I’ve got to go read books one through nine to catch up!
Lisa Regan is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com
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Disclaimer: Huge thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance reader copy. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.