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One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
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POSSIBLE SPOILERS...it's a pretty good book and the author, Heather Gudenkauf, is such an interesting storyteller, unfolding the events of only a few hours in such a way that keeps you heavily invested. However, she throws so many red herrings your way that it makes it so easy to guess who's responsible. A man with a gun has entered a school in a small town in Iowa and the town races to find out who he is to stop him from killing a potentially great deal of people. There are many characters brought in, many of whom have nothing to do with the school and the situation, causing the reader to guess and speculate how they could possibly be involved. Then, Gudenkauf basically presents the reader with a list of people it could be...leaving one person, who seems the least likely to do something like this, out. Anyone who has ever read a book or watched TV knows that if you're given a list of potential people, it's ALWAYS the one person you least expect. I guessed the suspect when he was first introduced and literally rolled my eyes and yelled OH BROTHER as he was unveiled. Sigh. I did just read "Brothers Karamazov" so I shouldn't be too harsh but man, they just don't write plot like they used to. That being said, for what it is, the writing is decent and you do feel invested with the story and characters. I just wish authors would figure out a way to unravel a story without making it as obvious as possible for people who think logically.
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Melissa Sivilich This is EXACTLY how I felt when I read the book. You couldn't of said it any better!


Lauren Hopkins Thanks! I'm bummed because I thought I was going to love it, but it was just way too easy to figure out. Sigh!


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