Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan #BookReview #PublicationDay


Perfect for fans of Tana French, Jane Casey and Gillian Flynn


Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide.


DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately spots foul play. Sheehan, a trained profiler, is seeking a murderer with a talent for death.


As Frankie strives to paint a picture of the killer, and their victim, she starts to sense they are part of a larger, darker canvas, on which the lines between the two blur.

Olivia Kiernan’s debut is a bold, brilliant thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless.

Publisher – Riverrun

Publication Date – 5th April 2018


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About the Author

Olivia Kiernan is the author of TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE, a crime thriller where DCS Frankie Sheehan investigates the murder of Dr Eleanor Costello. At first glance the murder appears uncomplicated but soon spills out onto a dark canvas of fear, lies and murder.

Olivia Kiernan grew up in the Irish countryside, a background which left her with a great appreciation of storytelling. Being almost sensible she shelved aspirations of becoming a writer and embarked on a career in science, spending six years in university studying anatomy and physiology before receiving a BSc in Chiropractic in 2003. She worked in this vein for over a decade, always writing in the evenings after work and completing an MA in Creative Writing through part-time study in 2012.
In 2015, she began writing TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE as part of National Novel Writing Month, polishing off half the first draft by the end of the month-long writing marathon. After hiding the manuscript on her hard drive for close to a year, revisiting it from time to time to add a scene or remove one, she sent it out to agents. Within a month she had signed with a literary agent and in 2017 a dream was realised when TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE sold.

TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE will be released on 5th April 2018 in the UK, and the 3rd of April in the US.

Follow on Twitter: @LivKiernan


Does the crime thriller genre need another author amongst its’ ranks?! Yes it does, if they’re all written as well as this one! A very welcome addition to a highly competitive genre!

This story is full of mystery from start to finish. When Eleanor is found dead it has all the hallmarks of a suicide, but there’s something about this death that is a little off – there’s no note and her husband is missing.

Det Frankie Sheehan is then called in to help assist with the case. She is recovering from a very violent knife attack that has left her with PTSD, so is a little on edge and those around her are concerned she isn’t up to life investigating troubling cases.

The more they investigate Eleanor and her past, and dealings with the dark web, the more the plot thickens and a myriad of characters are introduced when another body is soon found nearby and a link is established. Frankie is driven to try and solve this case after failing to save the victim in her last case and this adds an extra edge to her quest in putting all the clues together to get to the bottom of these mysterious deaths, and extremely dark videos being posted online, and unsettling silent phone calls.

There are a number of suspects that constantly changed with each new piece of evidence, and I loved how the story took you in one direction, only to swerve off on another tangent!

I found this to be a really lively thriller, full of intrigue and fragile characters. Really looking forward to seeing what this author releases in the future!


The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler #BookReview


Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.
So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner – no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world.
This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide

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Christopher Fowler is an English novelist living in London, his books contain elements of black comedy, anxiety and social satire. As well as novels, he writes short stories, scripts, press articles and reviews.

He lives in King’s Cross, on the Battlebridge Basin, and chooses London as the backdrop of many of his stories because any one of the events in its two thousand year history can provide inspiration

In 1998 he was the recipient of the BFS Best Short Story Of The Year, for ‘Wageslaves’. Then, in 2004, ‘The Water Room’ was nominated for the CWA People’s Choice Award, ‘Full Dark House’ won the BFS August Derleth Novel of The Year Award 2004 and ‘American Waitress’ won the BFS Best Short Story Of The Year 2004. The novella ‘Breathe’ won BFS Best Novella 2005.

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The simple but striking cover gives you a taste of what you are about to get as you delve into the past courtesy of Christopher Fowler and his meticulous research of a variety of authors past and present that have almost vanished from the bookshelves across the world, despite being so popular at the time!

And it isn’t just a list of authors regurgitated in a list format.  It has cleverly been set out as a couple of pages or so dedicated to each author, or topic,  which is enough to give you so much information about the author, their history, the books they wrote, and the fates that befell them.  But beware if you a book lover… you will find as you read through this that you just keep adding authors and books to your ‘must look out’ for list!!   

There is also a great amount of humour throughout as Christopher Fowler offers up his own opinions on certain authors and books, and that really works well.  Many of the authors included have extremely colourful personal lives which is extremely interesting to read about!

I read this as part of non-fiction November and it has been so much fun to take a look back at some extraordinary books and the people behind them.  Can highly recommend this to anyone who loves books!!