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Friday, January 2, 2009

REVIEW for Final Breath



I am a big fan of author Kevin O'Brien - having read everything he has ever written AND having reviewed it all! I have not always been kind in my reviews and yet, when I emailed Mr. O'Brien asking if I could get a review copy of Final Breath, he was incredibly gracious and basically, bent over backwards to make sure I received a signed copy! I was thrilled and I have to say that Mr. O'Brien is a class act, in my opinion! So, a big thank you goes out to him and I recommend this book to all lovers of 'real' thrillers.

and yes, Kevin - my expectations were high and I was NOT disappointed!


TITLE: FINAL BREATH
AUTHOR: Kevin O'Brien
DATE: December 2008
GENRE: Thriller
RATING: 5 Stars

Final Breath is the perfect example of just how good an author O'Brien is.

Sydney is a newsreporter - focusing on doing 'feel good/good samaritan' stories for a news show. She has featured some wonderful people, who have done wonderful things. Although it no longer common knowledge, Sydney knows of what she speaks, as she was also a hero when she was younger - having saved a young boy from a raging fire.

But now, it would appear that the people featured on Sydney's spots are being brutally murdered and as Sydney finally starts to put the pieces together, she comes to realize that she and her entire family are in danger of being killed by a madman.

As I read the first chapter of this book, I felt myself immediately enthralled. This is always a great sign for me - if I can get hooked into the first chapter, then I JUST KNOW that this book is going to be a good read.

As I progressed through the next few chapters, O'Brien brings in all kinds of twists and turns, including an intriguing sidestory about ghosts living in Sydney's house - this added a really nice touch of the supernatural (not so much that it turned the story into more of a horror book - but just enough to make it tingling).

I just could not figure out how all the pieces fit together and its only toward the very end of the book that it all makes sense. I loved, loved this book. This is what a 'real' thriller should be - O'Brien is in fine form with this one and I can't believe I have to wait another year for the next one!!!

15 comments:

Melanie said...

I have sent an email to an author that I loved her book but I never heard anything back:( I love when people email you back that you don't know but you had something nice to say about them or a product. I am not familiar with this author but he sounds good. Happy New Year.

wendy said...

I have never read anything by this Author. I do like Thrillers and this one sounds good!

By the way my "word verification" letters was sisters, isn't that funny, it is hardly ever a real word.

MyUtopia said...

Sounds interesting. I have never heard of him.

Diana Dang said...

I have been wanting some thriller stories to read for awhile, maybe I'll check it out. =)

bermudaonion said...

That sounds so good. I'm wondering how I missed Kevin O'Brien's work.

Kristie said...

I have several of his books to read. Glad to know you enjoyed this one... I will have to add it to my list!

Cindy said...

Great review. You sold me on this book. It sounds really good. Its on the TB list.

Yan said...

ooo it sounds good...too bad I'm not a huge thriller fan. Poo

Sue A. said...

I know that feeling when you take a chance on a new author and the experience exhilarates you! I love the edge of the seat experience that only thrillers can give you.

Great review!

Bookish Ruth said...

I've never read anything by O'Brien, but it sounds like I should check out his work!

Meljprincess said...

I love thrillers! I've read good things about Kevin O'Brien. You have definitely convinced me to purchase his books. FINAL BREATH sounds groovy.

darbyscloset said...

Wow, now I want to read this book! I don't think I've ever read anything by him...need to put him on my tbr pile!
Thanks
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Polo.Pony said...

Wow, thanks for the review, that was so nice of the author to send you that! It is so nice when authors do that kind of thing for you!

Dancer229 said...

Sounds good! I'll have to check it out!

Leslie said...

Great post!!

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