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The Breathless by Tara Goedjen | ARC Review


Title: The Breathless

Author: Tara Goedjen

Series: N/A

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Young Adult

Publication date: October 10th, 2017

Pages: 368

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No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

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“But a single flame is not enough to hold back the world’s darkness. […] Though when a light goes out, it can be raised again. You just need a book that is like a box of matches.”

Okay, this was a roller coaster of a book. The Breathless was one of my most anticipated books of this year (I know I have a TON of anticipated books), so I was beyond happy when I got an ARC of it and picked it up. I completely forgot about the synopsis by the time I recieved the ARC, I just only knew that it was like a mystery/paranormal book. Now I’m a chicken when it comes to horror. I don’t like it. I get so paranoid it’s not healthy so when I started the story, I was scared, guys. Because it seemed like horror to me.

Fortunately, it wasn’t. Or at least it didn’t scare the hell out of me. It was creepy, don’t get me wrong, and there were times when it was a bit scary, but nothing that made me DNFed it. It was more the atmosphere and the setting, I think. So I would say if you’re like me and want to read it but are nervous that maybe this book is going to be to scary, don’t panic, It’s not. It’s more mystery than horror. Which was perfect to me.

“Neither girl realizes the life is both good and bad, dark and light… the way it has been since the beginning of time. Neither of them can see the shadows swirling around them, hovering close, because shadows are drawn to the light.”

Saying that I was confused while reading this book was an understatement. I didn’t know what was going on, or what those characters had to do with the story, It had three POVs, two of them set in present time and told by Mae and Cage, Ro’s sister and boyfriend, and the other was set in 1958 and was told by Grady Cole I. So yeah, I was hella confused and didn’t know the connection between those characters or why I was reading from a perspective that wasn’t in the present time. But… I kinda liked being that confused. Because I got to know all the whys.

I had mixed feelings about those characters, tho. I really liked that our protagonist, Mae was an artist and loved to draw. I don’t usually read stories about artists, so I didd enjoy it so much and I empathised more with her. I would have loved to see more scenes of Mae creating or drawing, but I guess it’s a personal preference.

I’m still not sure what to think about the other characters. I liked the part that happened in the past, because I feel I got to see more about the roots of that family and the problems they had (their lives were a drama show, let me tell you), but Cage was such a weird character I still don’t know if I like him or not. There were certain scenes that occured that made me cringe and not in a good way. They made no sense to me (well, maybe they do now) and it was a turn off to me.

“She wasn’t a girl who touched or let you touch her. Like an animal that way, like water that slipped through your fingers.”

I really liked the ending. It was a bit twisted and dark, but still it was a happy one, given the nature of the story. It was different, and a bit unexpected. There was something I would’ve liked to have an answer to, though. It was something not really important or meaningful to the story, but I still would have liked to know the why.

Overall I found it quite fast and addicting, maybe because of the mystery fact that the story had. I, of couse predicted a couple of things before they actually happened (I’m not surprised), but still I had a good time and enjoyed the Halloween-y atmosphere and the plot. And all that family drama.

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4 thoughts on “The Breathless by Tara Goedjen | ARC Review”

  1. Oooooh, I have been super excited for this one, too. I’m super glad that there were some great parts (and not too scary because I love ghost, gothic horrory novels even though I hate them because I always end up scared XD – ANYWAY), but oh dear for some of the other parts that you mentioned. That seems SO weird to have three POVs for no reason. Definitely still going to give this a shot, but I’m definitely going to be watching out for what you said. Wonderful review! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha yes! I’m a chicken myself so I didn’t want anything too scary!
      There was actually a reason, but at the brginning I was a big confused because I didn’t know why 😂

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