REVIEW: Breathe and Release by Katherine Hayton

Originally published 2016-07-27: She woke up to a nightmare with no memory of her life before in Breathe and Release by Katherine Hayton


Katherine Hayton is a brilliant author. I’ve interviewed her and reviewed another book of hers, Skeletal, in the last few months. That’s why, when I was lucky enough to win a few of her books, I knew I had to work them all into my reading schedule.

When my wife told me that Breathe and Release was even better than Skeletal, I had to read it next.

cover of thriller novel Breathe and Release by Katherine Hayton

Book Description

Time is running out…

Elisabet wakes with amnesia. The care offered to her by a husband she doesn’t remember descends within weeks into aggression and violence.

Lillian lies hogtied in an underground cell. Forget about escape; unless she can manage the necessities of life she’ll be dead within days.

Kristen lost her house, her friends, and her confidence when her parents separated. Now her injured stepmother has moved back in. Has she lost her memory, or lost her mind?

Will the secrets hidden in Elisabet’s locked memory be enough to set them all free?

My Rating

What can I say about this book?

It kept me guessing. Even as I started to learn more and more about the details Elisabet lost to amnesia, each new fact brought up more questions. There were never enough answers to satisfy me, but every page I turned brought me something else to think about, gawk at, or be horrified by.

No one is what they seem in this tale by Katherine Hayton, and nothing is as it seems. At the same time, everything and everyone is exactly what it appears – at least on the surface. Everyone in this story has secrets. And everyone pays the price.

Breathe and Release by Katherine Hayton gets five of five stars for being a fast, tense read that left me with my mouth hanging open, my mind blown, and wanting more. (And kudos to Katherine Hayton for providing the link to a companion story when I signed up for her mailing list!)


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