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The Dying Breath (Forensic Mysteries #4)

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Cameryn?s ex-boyfriend is back . . . and ready to kill! Cameryn had thought she was in love with him. He was smart, strong, and would do anything for her?even kill. Kyle O?Neil disappeared after his first attempt on Cameryn?s life at the end of The Angel of Death. Now he is back for his second. He?s leaving macabre love notes for her everywhere?on her computer, on her cell ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jessica
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisory-09-10
The fourth book of the forensic mystery series, The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson continues with Cameryn and her journey to capturing her ex-boyfriend Kyle who attempts to murder her and those she loves. Meanwhile, three victims have been murdered including a famous producer and actor in Kyle’s attempt leave clues to play a mind game with Cameryn.

After waiting for more than a year and a half, Ferguson’s The Dying Breath did not disappointment my expectations for this series. However, at times,
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Liz
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.

The Forensic Mystery series by Alane Ferguson has yet to disappoint me. The latest, The Dying Breath, is no exception. Cameryn, a brilliant teenage girl, has been fascinated with forensics for as long as she can remember. In the first book she is instrumental in finding a serial killer. In the second book, Kyle, a serial killer just starting his career, finds her. She barely survived her first encounter with Kyle and he’s be
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Nian
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
What's up with Ferguson and her weird fetish with the phrase "assistant to the coroner"? That's how Cameryn is introduced, in every forensics installment she's written, every time. Pray tell, what is wrong with simply saying "coroner's assistant"? This is just one of the many weird phrases I've picked up whilst reading. It seems like such a trivial thing, but it really bugged me. It further proved my argument that there was no variation to Ferguson's structure, characterization, or dialogue. Her ...more
Huiling_mei
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-2010
The fourth book of the Forensic Mystery series and i hope it is not the last. It continues from the 3rd book where the evil Kyle O’Neil comes back in attempt to kill Cameryn. He leaves his love messages for Cameryn, but he wants to kill her (Cameryn's ex-boyfriend). As a new love with Justin starts, her brightness in forensic grows. She talks her way out when she was nearing death.
The ending of this book was fairly good, but i thought it was a bite of a rush. Ferguson does well in keeping the
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Gayathri
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!! I loved this book! I've read up till the 4th book. This was the best book in the series yet ( according to my opinion) So basically, Cameryn is getting stalked by her ex-boyfriend, who, by the way, is a psycho maniac. He keeps leaving her love notes everywhere and calling her his "Anam Cara " his soul friend. Things get really creepy when he starts watching her at night. Justin lets Cameryn know that he really truly cares about her. So they start dating. Cameryn is unsure where to turn f ...more
Mr. Z
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
"Forever the sand slips through the glass
Love is the thing that eternally lasts
We're fresh when we're young
We wither with age
Live life without borders
And write on your page"

Out of the four books so far in Alane Ferguson's forensic mystery series geared toward teens, The Dying Breath has been my favorite. This story picks up where the third book left off and keeps the reader's attention hostage up until the tension-filled end. These pages contain mystery, suspense, romance and a wealth of informa
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stefano cia
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stefano Cia
The Dying Breath
Author: Alane Ferguson
Pages: 234
Book Review #6
AB-2

The genre is fiction, and was published in 2009. It’s a great mystery and suspense/ detective book, I highly recommend reading all of them to really get the true meaning of these series. Once you get started into the series you’ll get trapped in a “book cage”

This book had me at the edge of my seat. With the mystery in the book, it continues the tension and mystery on how they are trying to capture Cameryn’s ex-boyfrie
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Summer
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kyle doesn't mind blood. He doesn't mind hurting people. He doesn't even mind killing them. In fact, he loves the fact that he can force people through the gates of life and death. Back and forth. Back and forth.

It gives him control.

Cameryn is just getting over the trauma of Kyle's last attack. She's the only one who has ever escaped one of his intricate death set ups. She's starting to let him settle in the back of her thoughts. She knows she'll never be rid of him so she tries moving on. She
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Peaches HIce
Peaches M. Hice
October 12, 2016
English 10 - 1
Alane Ferguson is thankful for the people who shared their knowledge in the forensic field. So that she could write this book where the main character is a forensic prodigy. In order to make her book more realistic.
This book takes place in snowy weather, mostly in the forensic field. Also, on the sites where dead bodies are found. Also the girls house where she is supposed to be protected.
Forensic field where they examine the dead bodies to chec
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Debbie
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Forensic Mysteries, book 4.

Kyle is back and leaving messages for Cameryn all over the place, including in some corpses. The more everyone in her life tries to protect her, the more determined she is to figure out where Kyle is and bring him to justice. It's a wild ride as she tries to play mind games with a psychopath.
madaline dannis
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
I loved these books and they were simply amazing until now. I was bitterly disappointed by the storyline. My main issue however was the supporting characters. Justin who is Cameryn's lover/deputy is just plain annoying during the story. He constantly judges Cameryn and stops her so she is "safe". Even his crush on her is annoying to the point that you wish that they will breakup or something. And allen ferguson writes realLY REALLLYYYY CHEESY romantic moments. for example ""....they were smiling ...more
CGregory
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This one probably deserves 3 stars but I couldnt bring myself to give it that many. It's almost a stretch giving it 2. That would seem like such a poor rating but I assure you, reading my full review would probably be the straw that would prevent you from even continuing to consider reading it.

Did I pick up the wrong book? Was this title truly written, intended and design for only the small peecentage of actual teens already living life like this? Each scene seemed so repetitive, as if it were
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Randi Gilbert
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
**deep sigh**
So to start, this forensic mystery series by Alane Ferguson has been a bit of a struggle to get through since this is the last (published) book in the series this review will be more of an overview of how I felt about the series as a whole.
The books weren't bad. There weren't! But I just kept having problems with the way thing were written, continually. Over and over and over again. That was one of my main issues with the books. Now I get it's a series and the author must refresh
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Rachel's Book Reviews
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Forensic Mystery
By Alan Ferguson

Being a coroner's assistant means that Cameryn has seen more gore than your average seventeen-year-old. But even Cammie is shocked when Kyle O'Neil, the most popular guy in school, discovers the gruesome corpse of their English teacher murdered in his own bed. As Cammie gets involved in the case, she finds herself drawn to Kyle, and considers trusting him with the secret that she can't even tell her father. But when their relationship starts to move toward romance
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Cameryn is being stalked by her old boyfriend, killer Kyle O'Neil. The local cops, especially Justin, are keeping a close eye on her. But no one realizes just how close Kyle is getting until Cameryn finds the body of Leather Ed.

Next to Ed's body is a note left just for Cameryn. The house is a mess, but the note has been left out in plain sight for anyone to find. The note calls Cameryn his soul mate and that he will love her until her dying breath. This doe
...more
Kaitlyn L
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alane Ferguson has done a amazing job on details in all of his books he is organized and prepared to write a book. The book The Dying Breath is probably my favorite one so far out of all his books because has a student it was so interesting and just kept me on the edge for the whole book. I enjoy books like this one they are exciting and sad at the same time but you still enjoy it very much. This book is very inspiring if you are a young girl interested in forensic science. It shows that now mat ...more
Brook Baker
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alane Ferguson

The last book in the series "The Dying Breath" was definitely my favorite. Cammie finally opens herself up to Justin, and the relationship really grows. Besides that, Kyle is back on the prowl and is out to kill.

Kyle is suspected to be behind the last 3 cases, and its up to Cammie to decide how. As Kyle said, she sees his mind in his work and eventually cracks the case. But what she doesn't know is that it was all part of Kyle's plan. When he contacts her, she is set up to play al
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Nicole Baker
The fourth book of the forensic mystery series, The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson continues with Cameryn and her journey to capturing her ex-boyfriend Kyle who attempts to murder her and those she loves. Meanwhile, three victims have been murdered including a famous producer and actor in Kyle’s attempt leave clues to play a mind game with Cameryn.



After waiting for more than a year and a half, Ferguson’s The Dying Breath did not disappointment my expectations for this series. However, at times,
...more
Caroline
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I love this series. You don't really get YA mysteries very often, and to make it forensic mysteries! Yes please! As a whole, The Christopher Killer is still my favorite, but this one comes in at a close second.

Kyle. My God he creeps me out. He is truely a psychopath. I knew he'd come back and I believe he was alot scarier in the second book, but that changed once the ending came around. That really changed. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

This book didn't really focus that much on the forensics as some
...more
Sandra Stiles
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
Cameryn (Cammie) Mahoney is like any seventeen year old girl in high school. She keeps secrets from her family, has some bumps in her relationship with her father and her best friend, and she is starting a new relationship, while someone is waiting in the wings for her. What makes Cammie unlike most seventeen year olds is she is a paid assistant to the county coroner, who just happens to be her father.
In this sequel to the Christopher Killer, Cammie is once again involved with a murder. This ti
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Alexis Estrada
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cameryn is being stalked by her old boyfriend, killer Kyle O'Neil. The local cops, especially Justin, are keeping a close eye on her. But no one realizes just how close Kyle is getting until Cameryn finds the body of Leather Ed.
Next to Ed's body is a note left just for Cameryn. The house is a mess, but the note has been left out in plain sight for anyone to find. The note calls Cameryn his soul mate and that he will love her until her dying breath. This does not sound good at all.From that point
...more
Tara
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Callahan S
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
October
The Dying Breath
Alane Ferguson

The dying breath features a women named cameryn and her killer ex-boyfriend hunting her done. It all starts when she is told not to go into the house, but she has a reputation for following the rules. She hates this, she backs into the house through the doggy door. When she looks through the house to find a dead man in a chair. There is a not next to him from Kyle O' Neil, her ex. The sheriff and his backup break down the door and drag her out. Justin her wa
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Sarai
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, mystery
Very happy to finally have the whole thing with her mother done with and the main character back in a good space. I liked the progression of relationships in this installment, though for me the characters are never quite fully drawn. Better than book 3, though. :)

Book Description
Publication Date: March 3, 2011 | Series: Forensic Mystery
Seventeen year old Cameryn Mahoney is the assistant to the county coroner, so she's no stranger to death. But when it's possible that the next death under investi
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Linda
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm very glad that I gave this series another try. The last book was very gory with forensic/autopsy details that were better left unread, in my opinion. This book does have an autopsy at the beginning and a few references later in the book but all in all, the autopsy details are tamed down. The honest-to-goodness mystery chiller that's left is very enjoyable. In this book, Cameryn (Cammie) is drawn into 3 odd murders by her mentor, Dr. Moore, the medical examiner. Each of the bodies have a fore ...more
Dina Harrington
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading The Dying Breath, it left me wanting to read more from this author. Since I'm interested in forensics and mysteries, this book fit my satisfaction and I really enjoyed it. This book was about a teenage girl named Cameryn, who lives with her grandmother and father, who works for the police department. Cameryn had a relationship with this guy named Kyle, but the break up didn't really end well. Kyle thought that Cameryn was the best thing he could ever have, and that she would be his ...more
Faye
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've only read this book, I haven't read the previous ones from the series and I remember that I bought this from a sale in NBS. It was really good! If you like the kind of books where a psycho of an ex is stalking your every move, not to mention he is a genius (in a very sick way) and if you're interested in Forensics, this is a book for you.

The story was a very good one in a sense that you know the writer put a lot of work (and research) in it. I was surprised to see her acknowledgement and w
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Mateo
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Cameryn and her boyfriend, Kyle O' Neil, is back to haunt her. She is falling in love with a police officer, Justin, and he promises she wont get hurt. They both go through a long way with Kyle sending emails to her telling he loves her when he killed many people and is not afraid to die.
I can relate to Cammie because many things scare me and when someone is looking at me suspiciously I feel like I'm being watched like her. I have never been threatened to die a
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Lizsquid
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Dying Breath
By Alane Ferguson
Mystery

I will love you till your dying breath. Cameryn froze with fear. She thought she knew him. But now he's back, to kill her.
The Dying Breath was a tense book in the Cameryn Mahoney series. Cameryn's dream of becomming a pathologist has meant her running into danger. The author did an amazing job of keeping your hands glued to the book. The characters were very well thought out. When they were scared you were scared. This was a great book to end the series
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Erica Simon
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dying breath had unexpected turns of events. Cameron Mahoney a young in training forensic scientists is asked to examine the body of a famous actor. She finds that her ex boyfriend has something to do with this celebrities murder along with other murders around town. Kyle O'neal her ex boyfriend leaves notes on dead bodies to find her. He kidnaps her and has a chance to kill her once and for all. In the dying breath it's Cameron's job to choose life or death. "The dying breath" is mixed with ...more
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Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1957. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism. Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. Her mother has written over fifty-seven books for children, while Alane is currently completing her thir ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Forensic Mysteries (4 books)
  • The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mysteries, #1)
  • The Angel of Death (Forensic Mysteries, #2)
  • The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mysteries, #3)

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