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A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke

kybena16's review

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5.0

I finished this book in less than a day. The story and characters hooked me from page one and it was so elegantly written. This is now definitely one of my favorite books!

steffcook's review against another edition

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mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

brandie_abbie19's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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beastreader's review

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5.0

I enjoyed this author's first book, Swimming at Night. So of course, I had to check out Mrs. Clarke's next book. She does not disappoint with her latest book. Instantly, I fell for Eva, Jackson, and Saul. Yes, even Jackson. HIs and Eva's story as they intermingled into one another was memorizing. I really loved how the author lended Jackson's voice by him narratoring his story and explaining why he lied like he did. While I saw the ending coming, I was happy with it. It ended on as strong a note as this story started.

Eva stayed strong throughout the whole story. Well most of the time but even when she broke down, it was because she was human and had a good reason. Saul could have been so mean towards Eva but he was a sweetheart. The chemistry they shared was a forever one. I pretty much read this book in two days. Now I am sorry that I have to wait to read the next book by Mrs. Clarke. A Single Breath is a heart-felt, must read!

judithdcollins's review against another edition

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4.0

My first book by Lucy (audiobook) and fell in love with the narrators, Shaun Grindell (ah . . . his sexy voice - could listen to him all day and night) and sweet and soothing Fiona Hardingham. Highly recommend A Single Breath: audio version, as a gripping and suspenseful novel of secrets.

Eva was in love with her husband Jackson, and thought she had it all until he dies in a tragic accident and she is left devastated and finds herself pregnant.

As she tries to deal with Jackson’s death, she travels to Tasmania to meet his estranged family; however, each day she learns more which begins to make her second guess her life with her husband. Did she really know him and was their life real? Was their life an entire lie? Who was this man?
Jackson had many secrets, and a dark past which troubled him, covering up a tragic incident occurring when he was fifteen years old and continued blackmail, forcing him to make poor choices.

As the book unfolds, hidden truths are uncovered bringing Eva closer to the truth, while being supported and loved by Jackson’s brother, Saul. An intriguing and complex story which kept me company on a beautiful day hiking trip, while being transported to this beautiful and suspenseful cliffside setting. I look forward to reading more from this passionate author.

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readacorn's review against another edition

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3.0

Beschreibung 
Eva wollte immer gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann dessen Heimat Tasmanien besuchen. Doch als Jackson nach einem Bootsausflug nicht mehr zurückkehrt, beschließt sie, allein dorthin zu reisen. Sie hofft, in dieser schweren Zeit bei seinen Verwandten Trost zu finden. Doch so bezaubernd die australische Insel ist, so abweisend verhält sich Jacksons Familie. Warum nur wollen sein Vater und sein Bruder partout nicht über ihn sprechen? Auf Eva warten schockierende Wahrheiten, die sie zu einem schicksalhaften Sommer in der Vergangenheit führen – dem Sommer, in dem es zu schneien begann.

Kurzmeinung / Leseerlebnis 
Gut, dass ich diese Geschichte als Hörbuch hörte. In zwei Sitzungen habe ich sie inhaliert. Als Print hätte ich wahrscheinlich abgebrochen, da das Thema mich nicht wirklich ansprang. Ohne die Leserunde und die Möglichkeit des Hörbuchs hätte ich diese Geschichte, die nicht überragend, aber auch nicht so schlecht war, verpasst. So war es eine nette Unterhaltung für zwischendurch. 

daisy_angel75's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

aliencatl0rd's review against another edition

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3.0

Just ok. More of a drama than what I expected. I quite enjoyed One of the Girls, as I was constantly wondering who the perp would be. This book lacks that drive. It's sleepy, emotional, and dramatic. It's hard for me to get in Eva's shoes as well, because we don't have the same passions (midwifery/children, diving, ...?) and I otherwise found her character flat.

abookwormwithwine's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

A Single Breath is Lucy Clarke's sophomore novel and now I am incredibly glad I decided to read her backlist because I loved this just as much as her 2023 release! I wasn't sure if there would be a mystery element since I didn't read the synopsis beforehand, but there definitely is one as well as some twists and turns along the way. I think this would actually make a great book club pick as well since it combines more than one genre while also making you wonder what you would do had you been in most of the character's shoes. I am still debating whether I found any of them loveable although I was a fan of both Eva and her best friend Callie. Clarke did a great job of blending romance with mystery and while I had an idea of where things were going to go, she still shocked me in more than one way once all of the secrets were finally revealed.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Shaun Grindell & Fiona Hardingham both did a great job. Hardingham does most of the work in this book since Eva is the main focus, and I liked that she was both easy to understand as well as just doing a fantastic job in general. She really enhanced my experience, and I would definitely recommend audio if you like them. A Single Breath ended up leaving tears in my eyes with how beautiful the ending was, and I thought Clarke wrapped everything up in a very fitting and satisfying way. There are some sad topics covered as well, and I feel like it just brought even more depth and interest to the storyline. Overall, if you are looking for something that doesn't focus on just one genre and you enjoy mysteries with lots of secrets and a dash of romance, I would highly recommend getting this one into your hands.

sarahprandall's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5 stars | This book was a lovely surprise. A dear friend gave it to me as a gift, and I read it quickly in just a few days. While it may teeter on the edge of being a little too sweet at times, I found this to be a page turner with just the right amounts of intrigue and romance. I look forward to reading Lucy Clarke's other novels.