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FREE PDF ✓ BOOK One Breath Away ✓ In her most emotionally charged novel to date New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shatteredIn the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm an E town of Broken Branch watches and waitsOfficer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands Will Thwaite reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again Trapped in her classroom Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her I am a big Heather Gudenkauf fan so I had high expectations going into this novel Unfortunately I didn't love it as much as I had hopedThis book was told in alternating perspectives by Holly Augie Meg Mrs Oliver and Will We meet Holly in the first chapter She has been badly burned in a house fire and is miles away from her children in a hospital located in Revelation Arizona Her children Augie and PJ are staying in Broken branch with their grandparents Holly cannot believe her children are staying with the family that she had tried to run away from all her life and eventually did Holly and her father Will have a very contemptuous relationship as we readers will come to find out When Holly is resting in her hospital bed her cell phone rings It is her daughter Augie and there is a gunman in her classroomMeg a police officer in Broken Branch has a daughter Maria that attends the same school the gunman is in However Maria didn't go to school that day Meg rushes to the scene to see how she can helpWill just wants to win back his daughter's love and affection He can't seem to do anything right in Holly's eyes If only he can deliver Augie and PJ to safety maybe just maybe he can earn back his daughter's loveThen there is Mrs Oliver She has been a teacher in Broken Branch for over 30 years She is a dedicated and hard working woman and loves all of her students dearly She thinks if she can just reason with the gunman then hopefully not one child will have to get hurt But who is this gunman Why is here What does he want from her and the children in her classroomI found myself drawing comparisons to other books about school shootings eg Finding Jake and Nineteen Minutes Another thing I didn't really like about this book was the shifting perspectives There were too many I don't mind a book that alternates back and forth between two people but this book went back and forth between five I felt like that was a bit too much Books that are formatted like this I find myself always being drawn to one character's perspective over another The bottom line is that I did enjoy this book but I felt that other books handled this subject matter better If you are looking for a book like this I would recommend Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult I thought that was brilliant

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In her most emotionally charged novel to date New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shatteredIn the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom Outside the school th When a lone gunman walks into a local school in Broken Branch Iowa it sends the whole school and the community into total chaos The gunman takes a whole classroom including the teacher hostage but no one knows precisely why or what he really wants or who he is Outside the school is a gathering of worried and frantic parents and family who just want answers but unfortunately no one holds any answers Will the police be able to get all the hostages out safely and back to their loved ones An intense read that had me on the edge of my seat Highly recommended

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One Breath AwayCare And thirteen year old Augie Baker already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch will risk her own safety to protect her little brotherAs tension mounts with each passing minute the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage When you have recently read an excellent book and have somewhat of a book hangover the only problem is the next book has to also be pretty special to keep the momentum going I chose this novel based on its favourable reviews it sounded just my cup of tea Unfortunately I was disappointed in its executionWritten in the style of Jodi Picoult I am a fan of hers; told from the perspectives of several characters we are introduced to the townspeople involved in a hostage situation taking place at the isolated towns only school The author references real life school shootings such as Columbine but this book becomes eerily familiar of the Sandy Hook tragedy I liked the way the author structured the book I enjoy stories told from different peoples points of view I like to see how different characters interpret the same situation It usually makes for an intriguing read I also liked reading about Meg a female police officer who responds to the hostage crisis Of all the characters she was probably the most realistic I found it difficult to connect with many of the characters; perhaps because some of their perspectives were written in first person and others in third I wish the author would have stuck to one or the other Because of this and indeed the irritatingly short chapters sometimes just half a page I struggled to identify with anyone in particular The storyline didn't captivate me the way I had hoped I liked the premise but the novel was poorly executed As the book takes place over a relatively short period of time the first two thirds of the book consists of a lot of umm ing and aah ing the police considering their next move the townspeople asking 'whats going on' over and over By the time the 'good stuff' began I was almost too bored to continue Oh and one last critiue I can't not mention I found some of the characters dialect unbelievable and not in a good way Example If you don't do what I say I am going to shoot you Not exactly menacing language is itI could have justified a one star rating based on the above but I have read worse books this year which I gave one star to so it only seems fair to award this two Will I read another book by this author Maybe But I certainly won't rush out to buy a copy