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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,279 ratings  ·  398 reviews
The deeper the water, the darker the secrets

There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing...

When Eva’s husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson’s brother’s doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. In a single breath everything changes. The memor
Paperback, 398 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Harper
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Erin Clemence
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a free giveaway through Goodreads. This book was a great read. Clarke is a fascinating storyteller. The plot may be a little overdone (the "my husband dies and I find out he has a secret life" saga) but Clarke adds a few extra twists and turns into this plot line that make the story highly loveable and highly readable. The reader cheers for the heroine, Eva, throughout the course of the novel. You immediately fall in love with Saul, and you go from hating Jackson, to symp ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
(3.5 rounded up) Ok, so this book totally tricked me! It’s way more romance than I usually go for! There are definitely some convoluted questions & the general feeling of suspense.. but it’s not a thriller. Still, the characters are good & if you enjoy this romance/mystery genre I’ve been noticing lately, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this 1. (Romance is so not my preference & I still zipped right through- so that has to say something! 😊)
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lucy’s first book The Sea Sisters was released last year and it completely blew me away. Personally for me, it was actually one of the stand out books of last year, so I was eagerly anticipating her latest release – A Single Breath.

Eva is so in love with her husband Jackson, so when he dies in a tragic accident she is left devastated. Needing closure and wanting to know more about Jackson’s life before he met her, Eva takes a journey to Tasmania to meet his estranged family. But when she arrives
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Eva meets Jackson she is swept off her feet, convinced that he’s “the one”. After a whirlwind courtship they marry and settle down to life in London, she has no reason to expect anything other than to live happily ever after. Until one weekend while visiting her mother in Dorset, the world as she knows it begins to unravel when Jackson is swept into the sea, while fishing early one morning. This isn’t a spoiler, as it happens in the prologue, and what I am not going to tell you is what happ ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Oh my God, I absolutely adored this book!

I had it on my book shelves for a while at home, silly me thought it might be a bit average so avoided it with so many books to choose from. Big mistake! This was one of my BEST reads of 2014. Absolutely stunning novel from a very, very talented author. I missed the boat and have not read The Sea Sisters, but I will now.

As I read this book I think I had sharp intakes of breath at least 10 times, a lot of "OMG" out loud going on and a little bit of "holy
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
There were many things I liked about this. This was enjoyable. I liked the way the author laid out the plot points to her story, which was nicely layered. I also liked her descriptive strokes. She wasn't wordy and refrained from rambling on tangents that didn't belong. All pluses for me.

My biggest hang up was the romance. I loved the whole idea of it, but I just didn't buy it. It didn't seem firmly linked to the reality I was given in the story. And I will also say that it was entirely too predi
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads. I had never heard of Lucy Clarke. Although the structure of the story was a bit predictable, it was a quick and fun read with good characters. Without revealing anything, the ending works well. It would make for a good beach read, and the setting of the story in Tasmania made me wang to travel to that part of the world. I expect that might be looking to read Clarke's first book over the summer. ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read!!! Lots of twists and turns!
Margaret Madden
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

Thanks to The W6 Book Cafe for this book........

One of my first ever reviews was for Lucy Clarke's debut novel, The Sea Sisters. I adored that book and bought numerous copies for family and friends. It was one of my top reads of 2013 and I genuinely could not wait for her second novel. When this popped up in a prize pack from The W6 Book Cafe, I snuck it to the top of my reading pile and retired to my bedroom with an air of "Do Not Disturb" about me!

Eva has lost her husband to a tragic drowning
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eva has only been married to Jackson for 8 months when he is tragically killed in a fishing accident. Devastated, she decides to go to his homeland of Tasmania in Australia to visit his family (who she has never met) to connect with people who knew him and who could tell her about his early life on the island. However, what she finds out shakes her to the core and makes her wonder just how much she actually knew about her husband.

I really enjoyed Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, The Sea Sisters, and
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read anything by this author before although I did buy her first book.

This book has fab reviews to it and now I feel honoured to add mine. I was gifted this book by Touchstone via Net Galley which I am so pleased about.

Being made a widow early on in your marriage is traumatic enough without all the complications that arise from his death along the way.

This book is a real page turner as there are hidden depths that keep you turning pages and reading more so that more gets revealed.

If th
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this author's first book, Swimming at Night. So of course, I had to check out Mrs. Clarke's next book. She does not disappoint with her latest book. Instantly, I fell for Eva, Jackson, and Saul. Yes, even Jackson. HIs and Eva's story as they intermingled into one another was memorizing. I really loved how the author lended Jackson's voice by him narratoring his story and explaining why he lied like he did. While I saw the ending coming, I was happy with it. It ended on as strong a note ...more
A.J. Waines
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously transporting and atmospheric book. Eva arrives on the shoreline as her husband, Jackson, is being swept away into the sea. Shattered by his loss and hungry for more details about his upbringing and those who loved him, she travels to Tasmania. Eva meets Jackson's brother and little by little, her picture of who she thought Jackson was and others' recollections of him, collide. The lies she's been told begin to unravel her entire marriage - except who is lying? And why?

There's a dee
Megan S
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It took less than a day to finish. More later!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one really good mystery; I couldn't put it down.
A fairly newly married wife wakes up to discover that her husband had gone fishing early in the AM and been swept into the sea by a huge wave and drowned. She decides to go to his homeland of Tazmania to learn more about him and meet his family. She is on a path that will lead to learning way more tyhan she ever wanted to know. What a superbly well-written novel!

This is the first book byb Lucy Clarke that i've read and it won't be the last
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Eva is tremendously happy. She is married to Jackson, the love of her life and they are just visiting her mother at a small coastal town in England. Jackson, who loves to fish, heads out to the sea early in the morning and leaves Eva behind in their bed. But the sea is very rough and the waves are hard and wild. A couple witnesses how he slips and falls into the water. Due to the cold temperature of the water and the rough weather odds of him surviving are bad. Eva is devastated. They have just
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
At what point do you know – really know – the person to whom you are married? Is it when you’re falling in love? Is it when you are pronounced husband and wife? Is it on your fifth anniversary? Tenth? Ever?

Eva and Jackson have been married for eight months and have been together for a few years when Jackson falls into a churning river while fishing, leaving Eva a bereft, grief-stricken widow. She cannot fathom how this happened, much less why. All she knows is that she and Jackson were in love a
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
You know those books that you tear through in mere hours, devouring each page and rabidly flipping to the next for more? Those books that you can’t put down to eat, sleep or do anything else? Those books that, when you do begrudgingly put them down stay in your thoughts while you try and unravel the plot? A Single Breath is one of those books. I only stopped reading to go to work and even that was a struggle. Lucy Clarke’s second novel absolutely blew me away and I’m embarrassed that it sat on m ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this book straight after reading Lucy Clarke’s first excellent book, “The Sea Sisters” (also called “Swimming at Night”); and so it came as a bit of a disappointment following that. You'll see that I haven't even marked this as 'crime-mystery-thriller' as it doesn't really deserve a place on that shelf (especially not compared to genius authors in this field like my favourite, Sophie Hannah); although I've held back from tagging it as 'chick-lit' because that would be harsh given that Luc ...more
Carol Preston
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this story which drew me into the mystery right from the beginning and kept me wondering to the final conclusion, which is shocking at yet totally believable. It’s a great reflection on what happens when a person begins to tell lies, how the first leads on to more and more until life is a complete mess. The challenge in regard to truth telling, it’s costs and the devastation which follows when the truth is skirted around or avoided, is prominent throughout the story, as its co ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*** Received this from Firstreads in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada ***

This is the most well-written book I've received in a giveaway. Clarke's prose is mesmerizing, her descriptions are simple and striking, and her style pulls the reader in. These subtle nuances are cherries on top of a wonderful story.

Eva has been married to Jackson for 8 months when he died in a fishing accident. Grieving, she moves to his home town to connect with her in-laws, when she lear
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book…a lot! Eva is happily married to her husband Jackson, but, suddenly, Jackson is swept away by a strong oceanic wave while fishing…her husband is now dead, and now she must move forward with her life, alone. Eva is finding it hard to grieve by herself, she wants to bond with other people who really knew and loved Jackson.

Jackson has always been strangely silent about his past, and Eva has never met any of his relatives. Her life takes an interesting twist when she flies
I received this book as a gift and it's not a genre, that I typically read. With that being said, I was actually quite drawn in and wanted to know Jackson's big secrets that were unearthed one by one. Still just a so-so for me, because I cannot stand romance novels or anything resembling a romance novel. I think someone who enjoys them, will enjoy this book. ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I loved this story. It was sad and beautiful at the same time. Most of what I thought was going to happen actually did so there wasn't much of a surprise. It was beautifully written. I loved it! ...more
Shannon Dyer
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Round up to 4.5 stars. Review published at AudioGals.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book of many messages: lies remain lies and can never be buried forever, they will haunt the person and eventually set his future; there's always a new beginning, a new life that can be set on solid sincerely, share and not hide, transparency pass light through and light up your life.....thanks for yet another wonderful choice ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I’m not the love book type of girl. Ok maybe I am sometimes..... this book held my attention and made me feel so.... well like a girl in love. It also has some suspense and thrill but Moseley it’s about love.... love of another....and mostly love of self
Suzy Dominey
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
predictable but still entertaining.One of my first Tasmanian novels
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Lucy Clarke is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers - THE SEA SISTERS, A SINGLE BREATH, THE BLUE/NO ESCAPE, LAST SEEN, YOU LET ME IN and THE CASTAWAYS. Her debut novel was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and her books have been sold in over 20 territories.

Lucy is a passionate traveller, beach hut dweller, and fresh air enthusiast. She's married to a professional windsurfer and,

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