Emotion is a hypocritical being; it seeks the truth but can’t listen. // Olivia Kiernan, TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE
I chose to buy a Kindle digital copy of Olivia Kiernan's novel TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE because it was highly touted by the Irish Times Book Review. Simply put, I was underwhelmed. Kiernan's writing has been labeled akin to Tana French, but I didn't have the same visceral reaction to it as I often do to French's prose. But I did enjoy reading it. She did successfully ratchet up suspense throughout, but I wasn't sold by the ending. I wanted to be able to puzzle together the culprit, but I felt like I wasn't given the adequate information to do it myself. Frankie was a protagonist that grew on me as the book progressed, and I loved the setting. But those two things alone were not enough to sell me wholeheartedly on this detective novel.