Saturday, 8 July 2017

Review & Extract: Her Last Breath by Tracy Buchanan

Food writer Estelle Forster has the perfect life. And with her first book on the way, it’s about to get even better.

When Estelle hears about Poppy O’Farrell’s disappearance, she assumes the girl has simply run away. But Estelle’s world crumbles when she’s sent a photo of Poppy, along with a terrifying note: I’m watching you. I know everything about you.

Estelle has no idea who’s threatening her, or how she’s connected to the missing teen, but she thinks the answers lie in the coastal town she once called home, and the past she hoped was long behind her.

Estelle knows she must do everything to find Poppy. But how far will she go to hide the truth – that her perfect life was the perfect lie?

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Life seems to be just perfect for food blogger Estelle Forster, she is living in a lovely house with boyfriend Seb, has a blossoming career as a nutritionist with the launch of her first 'pure' clean food cook book on the way but all it takes is for a surprise delivery during a dinner party she was hosting for her whole world to start to unravel.

What follows is a glimpse into the life of Estelle to see that everything hasn't always been perfect for her, after a rough start in life she finally seemed to have found the perfect forever home in Lillysands with the Garlands so why then has she not been back there in fifteen years since she left?

I can't really go into too much detail without the fear of giving away some spoilers but it's fair to say that there were a lot of seriously flawed characters who between them had a whole host of serious issues that they were dealing with or were involved in. No-one was who they seemed which made it hard for Estelle, who had her own demons past and present that she was dealing with, to know who she could trust.

There were so many twists and surprises within the pages which literally had me suspecting everyone and trusting no-one!  Every time I suspected I knew who was behind the messages Estelle was receiving another little nugget would be dropped in which had me puzzled and back to square one although I eventually figured it out just before the big reveal.

If you're looking for a gripping read this Summer then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Her Last Breath as it was a real pageturner of a read that I literally read in two sessions as I didn't want to stop reading.

I'd like to thank Sabah at Avon for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

Also as part of the blog tour I have been given a short extract from Her Last Breath to share with you which you can read below.
Estelle walked him to the door, legs shaking.
‘Is everything really okay?’ he asked as he stepped out onto the doorstep.
‘Perfect, just busy busy busy.’ Then she closed the door in his face.
She stayed where she was a few moments, sensing his presence outside. When she heard his footsteps, she ran back to the kitchen, getting on her hands and knees and scrabbling under the fridge to find the photo. She pulled it out then leaned against a cupboard, staring at the girl, heartbeat going a million miles a minute.
She frowned, peering closer. The girl looked like the TV presenter’s daughter they’d been talking about last night; the girl who had run away.
She grabbed her laptop, and searched for stories about the missing girl, clicking on the first one she found. As she opened the article, the first thing she saw was a photo of the girl with her arms around a dog, her cheek against its whiskers, a huge smile on her face. Estelle looked at the Polaroid she’d received, then back at the girl.
Yes, it was the same person. She was sure of it. But why was this photo being sent to Estelle? She didn’t have any connection with the girl. And why that message? It didn’t make sense.
Estelle read the article with the photo.
TV presenter makes appeal to missing daughter
TV presenter Chris O’Farrell made a desperate appeal for the return of his fifteen-year-old daughter, Poppy. The presenter of daytime show Here and Now looked distraught as he talked directly to the camera, explaining to viewers that Poppy had run away in the early hours the day before, leaving behind a note.
Estelle peered again at the poppies that had been sent to her. It must be connected.
The thought sent a shiver down her spine.

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