Book Review for TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE by Olivia Kiernan

TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE by Olivia Kiernan
Frankie Sheehan Series, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An intricately developed mystery filled with unlikable victims, a serial killer, and an investigator who will not give up.

I cannot think of anything better than giving a debut author's new release a read and completely loving it. This recently happened with the new thriller TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE by Olivia Kiernan. Let me tell you all, it was a page-turner.


In its truest form, TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE is a crime novel. It follows Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan in her hunt to capture a serial killer. However, there are so many layers to this book that I soon realized what I thought I would be getting was only the surface. The way that the author developed the narrative was perfection. She carefully revealed bits and pieces of the characters, including the victims, to tease and add tension to the book.

Though the story was complex, I never once felt confused or that the author lost the flow. In fact, I think that the intricacies and nuances she brings to her work propelled the mystery forward. This was a great read that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Olivia Kiernan has opened the door to Frankie Sheehan's world and I for one, cannot wait to go back!

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


In a quiet Dublin suburb, within her pristine home, Eleanor Costello is found hanging from a rope.

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan would be more than happy to declare it a suicide. Four months ago, Frankie's pursuit of a killer almost ended her life and she isn't keen on investigating another homicide. But the autopsy reveals poorly healed bones and old stab wounds, absent from medical records. A new cut is carefully, deliberately covered in paint. Eleanor's husband, Peter, is unreachable, missing. A search of the couple's home reveals only two signs of personality: a much-loved book on art and a laptop with access to the Dark Web.

With the suspect pool growing, the carefully crafted profile of the victim crumbling with each new lead, and mysterious calls to Frankie's phone implying that the killer is closer than anyone would like, all Frankie knows is that Eleanor guarded her secrets as closely in life as she does in death.

As the investigation grows more challenging, Frankie can't help but feel that something doesn't fit. And when another woman is found murdered, the same paint on her corpse, Frankie knows that unraveling Eleanor's life is the only way to find the murderer before he claims another victim . . . or finishes the fate Frankie only just managed to escape.

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About the Author: Olivia Kiernan is the author of TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE, a crime thriller where DCS Frankie Sheehan investigates the murder of Dr Eleanor Costello. At first glance the murder appears uncomplicated but soon spills out onto a dark canvas of fear, lies and murder.

Olivia Kiernan grew up in the Irish countryside, a background which left her with a great appreciation of storytelling. Being almost sensible she shelved aspirations of becoming a writer and embarked on a career in science, spending six years in university studying anatomy and physiology before receiving a BSc in Chiropractic in 2003. She worked in this vein for over a decade, always writing in the evenings after work and completing an MA in Creative Writing through part-time study in 2012.

In 2015, she began writing TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE as part of National Novel Writing Month, polishing off half the first draft by the end of the month-long writing marathon. After hiding the manuscript on her hard drive for close to a year, revisiting it from time to time to add a scene or remove one, she sent it out to agents. Within a month she had signed with a literary agent and in 2017 a dream was realised when TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE sold.

Book Details:

Series: Frankie Sheehan Series, Book 1
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton (April 3, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524742619
ISBN-13: 978-1524742614

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