The Last Breath
Genre: Women's Fiction
Summary (from Goodreads): From a remarkable new voice in suspenseful women's fiction comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family…
Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It's the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia's father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he's come home to die of cancer, and she's responsible for his care—and coming to terms with his guilt.
Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town's most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.
As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated…
Review: I wanted to love the main character, but I found her past as a humanitarian aid worker traveling to third world countries hard to reconcile with her present as she describes it. I would have liked to have more insight into her character. The supporting characters were fun and interesting, especially Fannie the hospice nurse and Gia's sister, although I did think Gia's siblings' changes of heart in regards to their father happened too quickly to be believable. The mystery was less a who-done-it and more of a did-he-do-it, which made for an interesting and suspenseful read. There was too much bad language and descriptive adult behavior for my taste, though, and I wasn't very happy with the ending.
Rating: 3 stars