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Don't Even Breathe

Narrated by: Karen Peakes
Series: Maggie Novak Thriller, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Crash comes a riveting thriller rife with murder, misdirection, and ghosts from the past.

Florida homicide detective Maggie Novak has seen hundreds of brutal murder cases, but when she is called out to investigate the charred remains of a young woman one Halloween night, she is confronted with a twenty-year-old secret. The body is formally identified as that of school counselor Dana Cullen, but a distinguishing mark makes Maggie look again. She believes it is the body of her school friend Rita, who perished in a fire twenty years ago. 

Maggie’s hunt for the truth behind the murder takes her back to a cruel high school trick she’s desperate to forget. And when another body turns up, Maggie realizes she too may be the target of a sinister plot creeping toward its final act. 

Maggie needs emotional distance to do her job, but she’s so close to this case that she can’t even breathe. Will Maggie be able to uncover the truth of who wanted Rita dead? Or will her past mistakes catch up with her first?

©2019 by Keith William Houghton. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Some nice twists but characters lack real depth

The pace of this story is quite fast, there's plenty of action... that's a positive. But I didn't like the repetition used to flush out the main character's personality, which became annoying. Some pieces of the mystery just got dropped so the story could rush off in a new direction, with a couple of wild leaps and a conclusion that seemed rushed.

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  • shelley
  • 05-04-2019

SUSPENSE end to end... FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

This is a very difficult book to write a review about. The publisher's summary is excellent and gives just enough information to pique your interest. The reason this book is hard to review is because there are so many switchbacks that it is hard not to give anything away.
This book has a really great unique plot that kept me guessing almost right up to the reveal. The characters are interesting and the protagonist is fleshed out and likable. The peripheral characters are perfect. They add enough seriousness to make the story believable but also add the right amount of humor and sarcasm.

Karen Peakes does an excellent job narrating.

If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.

This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • G. J. Warren
  • 10-08-2019

Very good read

I found this a well written crime story. I was pleased with the development of the storyline and the characters. I highly recommend this story.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 30-07-2019

Thriller unexpected plot

Great read that could be great Movie. Unexpected plot with a great story line. Definately a good page Turner. Did not want to put down waiting to see final outcome.

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  • Karen
  • 28-07-2019

suspenseful

very good. keeps you in suspense the whole time, it's the best novel to date

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  • Leasa
  • 08-09-2019

Loved

I have read this book a few times. It is intriguing. Each time I read it, it pulled me in.

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  • Cherokee
  • 16-08-2019

Intense, shocking

the story has a lot of turns that you wouldn't expect. I was always kept interested, it is good enough to keep you reading but still an easy ready as I read it in between calls at my job so my attention had to leave the book often. Highly recommend.

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 18-08-2019

Startling ending

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Such twists and turns! You think you have the whole situation figured, and it all twists! Really good story, and some excellent descriptions and characterizations. My only objection is that failure to complete the capture of the bad guys! For the most part, I had a really good time experiencing this book!

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  • Kelea
  • 21-06-2019

surprised

surprised at the great plot twist and reader was great!!! if you love murder mysteries, jump into this book

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  • kristi
  • 07-06-2019

Great book!!

First time listening to a book by this author, super glad I took the chance!! This was a great book kept me listening the whole time and had a very good twisted ending!!

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  • Jenny
  • 19-05-2019

Great Book!

I had to write a review for this book. I really liked the main Character Maggie and really excited to find out this is going to be a series! This kept me guessing up until the end. Narrator was really good too and kept my attention.

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