Monday, April 28, 2008

Book Review: DYING BREATH by Wendy Corsi Staub

Cam Hastings’s life is falling apart. Her husband has moved out, leaving her to deal with the angst of their teenage daughter pretty much on her own. She’s trying to quit drinking, which isn’t an easy thing to do. And oh yeah, she has a couple of secrets. She has visions and she’s pregnant.

Cam’s childhood prepared her for none of this. An older sister who seemed to have trouble dealing with visions of her own and is now dead, a mother who walked out on her when she was young, and a free-spirit of a musician father whose drug and alcohol use often makes Cam more the parent to her father than the other way around.

Wendy Corsi Staub has been compared to Mary Higgins Clark for good reason. Even though you may begin to figure some things out fairly early in Dying Breath, you will be so drawn into the story, intrigued with the plot, the characters, and the fine details the author feathers in, your intrigue will keep you bolted to the book to its very satisfying conclusion.

If a novel had volume, Dying Breath would be almost too loud to bear at the end as it builds in intensity and conflict. This is one of those books that will keep you reading way past your bedtime.

This was my first Staub. It won’t be my last.

Highly recommended.

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