Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kimberly Belle's searing debut: THE LAST BREATH

The kids are back in school, summer vacation is over, and I had the chance to finally caught up with my reading on the latest novel. I've always enjoyed mysteries.

In small-town, Appalachia, one's family history is common knowledge to all. When that history includes a torrid love affair and a jealous murder it becomes legend -- and Gia Andrews will stop at nothing to discover the truth and clear her family's name. A spellbinding debut that has already received much praise, Kimberly Bell's "The Last Breath" is a slow-burning, searing portrait of a family trying to put the past behind them so they can forgive and learn to love each other again.

Gia Andrews chases disasters as a humanitarian aid worker. It’s not just a job, but a lifestyle that has helped keep her away from her own personal ground zero for the past sixteen years. After her father was convicted of killing her stepmother, Gia fled and sought a new life away from her home town in Tennessee. Now, her father has been released and has returned home to die of the cancer he’s lived with for years. Wrestling with returning to Tennessee and filled with uncertainty about her father’s guilt, Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer. It isn’t long before the death threats begin and protesters are on the front lawn invading their privacy, forcing Gia to relive her past.

As Gia gets closer to uncovering the truth, she finds herself torn between the story her family and neighbors have believed in all these years, and the story she believes is real. Returning home proves more than a challenge for Gia; none of her siblings want anything to do with the man who has yet again made front-page news of their tragedy and this may be the only chance she has to rebuild relationships that absence and turmoil have strained. As her past unravels, Gia resolves one way or another to discover the truth about her father and face all of its devastating consequences.

What I enjoy about this novel is the suspense (I always love a good suspense) and how I can feel the emotional sense about what Gia Andrews is going through - in her life and how she sees the people around her.


Kimberly Bell grew up in eastern Tennessee, in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. Her four years at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, were a quick pit stop on her quest to see the world. Kimberly's books are set in the South, where she eventually settled. Her suspenseful stories are filled with characters as colorful as the setting, featuring hard-to-love fathers, hard-won love, and they are balanced with a while lot of laughs.

You can follow Kimberly on Facebook, Twitter @KimberlySBelle, and GoodReads.

WHERE TO BUY: "The Last Breath" is now on sale (September 30, 2014) and is available for purchase at local retail bookstores, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, and amazon.com.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm/publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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