[Reading] ➸ One Breath Away Author Heather Gudenkauf – Bassgrotto.co.uk

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 Shattered.In The Midst Of A Sudden Spring Snowstorm, An Unknown Man Armed With A Gun Walks Into An Elementary School Classroom Outside The School, The Town Of Broken Branch Watches And Waits.Officer 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 Care 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 Brother.As 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.


10 thoughts on “One Breath Away

  1. says:

    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 g...


  2. says:

    One Breath Away is a great example of why Heather Gudenkauf has quickly become a must read author for me She is a master storyteller, and I loved every second that I spent reading this book The author was able to rachet the tension so high that I felt like I was on pins and needles, breathless, throughout the entire story Gudenkauf created characters that I quickly cared about, and I sympathized with them and hoped for a positive outcome to their situation Telling the story from different viewpoints worked very well, and I was completely captivated from cover to cover.The citizens of the small town of Broken Branch, Iowa are confronted with some of their worst fears when an unknown gunman enters the local public school As frantic parents and families gather to try to find out the fate of their beloved children, the police work to gather information and try to figure out how to diffuse the situation Holly, a mother who has had to entrust her children to her father in Broken Branch while she recovers from horrific injuries, feels her world start crashing down again when she learns her two precious children are in the school Augie, Holly s young daughter, is dete...


  3. says:

    I wasn t sure what to expect from this book I knew it was about a school shooting, or at least a gunman inside a school, so I thought it would either be a tear jerk drama, or a psychological thriller I was hoping for the latter.My heart was definitely pounding harder while reading this book, but not from the thrill I experienced rage at how unbelievably stupid the characters were Rarely do I want to harm a book, but I wanted to smack this one against the floor, tear out pages with my teeth, chew them and spit them out before stomping on them That is how annoying the characters were I wanted them to get shot I was cheering the gunman on.None of the characters ever expanded beyond fictional representations I never felt that any of it was within the realm of possibility The writing felt as though it was written by someone whose only experience with people came from watching tv shows Bad tv shows It was weird.The gunman, oh boy It could have been any number of stupid psychos, since this small town has an unusually high number of them But the author decided to go with the most boring option, creating a convoluted story to explain why this person, who should really know better, decide...


  4. says:

    This is the second book I ve read by Heather Gudenkauf and it is absolutely outstanding This is an extremely well written, fast paced novel with well drawn out characters, each one had their issues and their flaws, yet all of them were likeable The plot is gripping and full of action and suspense The story is told from the perspective of five characters involved in the school hostage situation Augie a student in the school , Mrs Oliver a teacher , Holly the mother of Augie who is in hospital recovering from a house fire in another state , Will Holly s father who is looking after her children while she is in hospital and Meg a police officer on the scene The chapters switch between the characters and this works very well as we get to see the situation from different points of view We get to see how a parent feels about the situation, how a police officer deals with it, how the children trapped with a gu...


  5. says:

    This is my first Heather Gudenkauf book and oooooh what a dandy The story is fast paced and hooked me from the very first page I like the way the story unfolded from five different viewpoints Augie, Will, Mrs Oliver, Meg and Holly Not only did we move forward with each charcter, but also backwards to get an understanding of each individual and what lead them to this fateful day.Ms Gundenkauf writes a well organized, fast paced story I always like that I have to get to the very end before finding out who done it I guessed and guessed and guessed but nope I got it wrong Having two nieces who teached, I particularily fell in love with Mrs Oliver, the 3rd grade teacher who s class was held hostage.She loves her students and her actions are motivated by her feelings of responsibility to them.I have always heard good things about this author s books and now I know them to be true ...


  6. says:

    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 hoped.This 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 P.J., 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 classroom.Meg, 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 help.Will 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 P.J to safety, maybe, just maybe he can earn back his daughter s love.Then, there is Mrs Oliver She has been a teacher in Broken Branch for over 30 years She is a dedicated and hard wor...


  7. says:

    One Breath Away is an intriguing story about what happens in a small midwestern town when a lone gunman enters a school with one thing on his mind revenge I was on the edge of my seat and tearing up, very good


  8. says:

    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 execution.Written 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 sho...


  9. says:

    I read this 400 page book in one day, I just could not put it down The main story is about a gunman holding kids hostage in a small town school, as told by four characters One breath had me on the edge of my seat and guessing until the last chapters The ...


  10. says:

    POSSIBLE SPOILERSit 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 beleaving 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 potent...


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