‘A Single Breath’ by Lucy Clarke – Book review

Look at me, I was so late writing the last Bahlsen book club book that I’ve decided I’m going to do this one as soon as possible!

This, latest, book is ‘A Single Breath‘ by Lucy Clarke which was, possibly, not the best book to read a week after I got married, haha! The book is, essentially, about the journey that a young widow goes through after her husband passes away, they’ve only been married 10 months and had a whirlwind relationship and, so, the emotions behind it are very raw and, obviously, something I was a bit ‘eek’ about when I’m a newly wed myself!

Not one to be put off by challenging emotions, though, I dove straight in to the book and I devoured it in no time at all (surprise surprise). Although I simplified the basis of the story, above, it Really was an over simplification to explain the struggling emotions for me because, actually, there’s so so much more to this story. Eva is heart broken by the death of her new husband and decides to go off to Tasmania to meet his father and brother, in an effort to learn more about him, following their stark absence at his funeral and, also, afterwards when his father won’t even answer the phone to her.

The reception that Eva gets, from Jackson’s Father, is only the beginning of how weird, confusing and turbulent her journey to finding out more about the man she loved is. There’s romance in this story (newly weds, duh!), there’s intrigue and secrets, there’s journey of self-awareness, there’s some beautiful character relationships and there’s so much more. When I saw the cover I thought it would be a romance, when I read the tag line I thought it would be a thriller but, in truth, it sits in so many genres that it’s impossible to categorise it, really.

The book was really well written which helped the story to flow by in no time at all, and the characters were very compelling (even the gruff, distant ones!) because they were written so well. I have a tendency to guess what twits are going to happen and I was on form with this one and guessed it all ahead of time but, despite that, I doubted myself from time to time which is the closest I normally to get to a surprise in most books. Despite having guessed what was going to happen I still really enjoyed the book because it really was an utterly intriguing story with very lovable characters – What more could you ask for?

This is well worth picking up and I’ve seen such acclaim for Clarke’s first book, ‘The Sea Sisters’, that I am bound to buy that in the near future too. If you want to get your hands on ‘A Single Breath’ then you can find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Single-Breath-Lucy-Clarke/dp/0007481365 and it’s available in a number of formats (the paper back is currently part of a 3 for £10 offer, at the time of writing, and I’m off to see what else is in the offer, I am such a book fiend).

I, honestly, and truthfully, really loved this book and was sad to see it end, it’s one of those books that you keep on wanting to know what happens to the characters you’ve invested in, even if it’s already come to an end. I’ll definitely miss Eva and all of her supporting characters (See, I’m so averse to spoilers that I’m not going to tell you which of the characters continue through the story with her and what new ones are going to pop up!)

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