One Last Breath

This is fantastic. I couldn’t read it fast enough! What begins as a teenage romance soon becomes something more sinister in the heat of a sweltering Florida summer. It’s 20 years since the community of Mount Orange suffered the murder of two teenage girls. The murderer was never caught, and an atmosphere of distrust and sadness continues to linger. 18-year-old Trulee loves her boyfriend, East, but is secretly wracked by doubt about their future together. She is also still grieving the loss of her older sister. When a mysterious girl appears, Trulee finds her life is turned upside down as together they begin to look back at the murders. Soon they start to fear for their lives.

What sets this book apart from similar tales is the inclusion of something a little paranormal.  Equally, setting the story around the world of free diving is both original and clever as it creates an atmosphere of danger and tension not only for the plot but for the characters. I was literally counting Trulee back to the surface each time she dived!

Twists and turns abound throughout this fast-paced book. Although it’s quite long, it’s an easy read with enough suspense and hold your breath moments to keep attention right through to the end. Readers should be aware that there is a lot about the death of siblings.

Published by HarperCollins, 2024. (432 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton