Breathe Your Last: An addictive and nail-biting crime thriller

· Detective Josie Quinn Book 10 · Bookouture
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Josie presses her hands into the center of the drowned girl’s chest and pumps, counting off compressions. She takes in the girl’s beautiful face, her brown eyes glassy. Breathe. Just breathe…


The body of a young girl lying face down in a swimming pool—white tennis shoes still on her feet, chestnut hair fanned out like a halo—is the last thing Detective Josie Quinn expects to find on an early morning visit to see her brother before class at Denton University. But when she recognizes the girl’s face as she drags her limp body from the water, there’s only one question racing through Josie’s mind: how does a champion swimmer accidentally drown?


Nysa Somers’ family are distraught. She was a model student, beloved daughter and everybody’s friend. There’s no way she would do anything reckless enough to put her scholarship at risk, let alone her life. It’s up to Josie and her team to piece together what happened in the hours leading up to Nysa’s death, and that begins with finding her missing backpack.


But the bag, discarded in the woods on the nearby campus, contains nothing more than empty food wrappers, Nysa’s phone and a cryptic calendar entry telling her to be a mermaid.


The next day, a terrible housefire envelops the nearby home of a retired fireman, nearly killing his two granddaughters. The last words the little girls heard him mutter before he set the blaze were, be a match.


As the body count rises, it’s only Josie who can see the deadly pattern forming. Can she convince her team that the wrapper found in Nysa’s bag is the crucial link they’re missing? Josie knows she must go it alone if she’s going to stop this silent and calculated serial killer before any more precious lives are taken.


But with the killer finally in her sights, Josie takes a dangerous risk and finds herself hanging onto life by her fingernails. Can she trust her team to save her, and before it’s too late?


An unputdownable and nail-biting crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

Everyone is talking about Breathe Your Last:

Absolutely brilliant!!!! One hell of a rollercoaster ride, with so many twists and turns it'll make you dizzy!! It's energetic, exciting, thrilling and nerve-wracking!!… will have you shouting O.M.G. at every page!! Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Brilliant, nail-biting, rollercoaster of a rideThere were times I gasped "Oh No!" and shed a few tears… a super novel. NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Wow! Great story. There was one moment where I completely froze in shock

Can’t wait for the next one! Rachel Owl Books, 5 stars

‘An absolutely brilliant book. I was totally gripped from the first page. Full of intrigue and psychological thrills. A really fast-paced book. The ending is a total wow!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow, what a rollercoaster of a thrill ride! Absolutely loved this book it had me hooked from page onefive stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Holy crapThe twist in this book is one I never saw coming. I cannot sing the praises of Breathe Your Last enough. This is one book that no one should miss. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow, wow, wow! blew me away… so much nail-biting action. I really thought I was going to have no nails left by the end of this book… Just loved it so much.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars

59 reviews
DJ Sakata
December 29, 2020
This was brilliantly contrived, shrewdly paced, taut with tension, and fraught with confounding and chilling intrigue. I was afraid to blink for fear I’d miss something and profoundly resented having to put my Kindle down for a second. And judging from the stiffness in fingers, I may have been clutching it in a white-knuckled death grip throughout perusal. I had read book one before picking up this cunningly crafted missive and holy brain spasm Batman, so much as happened to Josie in the intervening four-years that it singed the little pea in my brain. I need to take out a second mortgage and borrow Herminie’s time turner so I can read the other eight books in between. I soon discovered that between book one and book ten, Josie had acquired a previously unknown set of parents, a twin sister, a brother, a new love interest, and an adorable dog. She was still an epic trouble magnet, deeply flawed and stubborn stoic, and death-defying risk-taker; so not everything had changed. Every character, even those who appeared only briefly, was uniquely etched and curiously compelling if not enigmatic. I am hooked, bewitched, besotted, and totally enamored with this agile wordsmith and in awe of her deft wordcraft. Sigh, fangirling hard!
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Sherry Rehbock
December 9, 2020
Breathe Your Last is the latest Josie Quinn book. I’m really drawn to this series. Josie is a no nonsense police detective. And Lisa Regan writes Josie with balance in her home life, family, friends, and work. I really connect with Josie and her team. And while Josie isn’t perfect, you root for her. From book to book you get to watch Josie grow and evolve. While there is always a little storyline floating from book to book, in this one Josie and her team are investigating why the top swimmer at the local university has drowned. Hitting a dead end with little evidence, other strange things start to happen. This book is both suspenseful and thrilling. I am not easily fooled and I was guessing up to the end. And to take this up a notch, there are chapters told from the killer’s point of view. You get a chill reading their words. You didn’t think I’d slip and spoil it did you? As with this genre you get action, thrills and twists in addition to connecting with Josie and the group of family and friends that surround her. I always look forward to a new installment and I know no matter my reading mood, I know I’ll enjoy the book. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes a good mystery.
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Marnie Harrison
December 9, 2020
What does the death of a champion swimmer and a retired firefighter have in common? For Detective Josie Quinn, this is the million dollar question and one that herself and the team will have their work cut out for them in getting the answer to… The premise for this story immediately had my attention and things are kicked into high gear right from the prologue. Lisa Regan is a force to be reckoned with and once she gets going, she just does not stop! Good luck trying to put this one down as I definitely couldn’t! The story is duel narrated, in the main through Josie, but is also interspersed with chapters from the killer, who’s twisted mind gives you chills. There were many times where my nerves were on edge, wondering what their next move was going to be. What I also loved, it was never obvious to me their identity, which made for a more satisfying reveal once exposed. Josie Quinn’s tenaciousness in trying to solve crimes is second to none and this has not changed in this book, but Lisa Regan does give the reader more of her vulnerable side this time around, which makes her even more relatable and believable. Lisa Regan’s skills and talent just shine through the pages of this book and she is such an exciting voice in the crime thriller genre. I am so glad that I have now been exposed to her work and she has fast become another author to add to my list of favourites. Breathe Your Last is only my second read from the Detective Josie Quinn series and is another outstanding piece of work. Full of twists and turns it will have you enthralled from the beginning and that ending… I can’t wait to see where the series will go next. It was a pleasure to read and review Breathe Your Last which I highly recommend.
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