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Too Close to Breathe

Too Close to Breathe

‘Truly first class. Just knock-out’ C. J Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead.

When Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home, something about the scene doesn’t add up.

DCS Frankie Sheehan, a trained profiler, is handed the case and immediately spots foul play. What at first looks like an open and shut case of suicide quickly starts to fall apart.

Then Amy Keegan, a young woman from Frankie’s home town, is found dead. As details of her personal life emerge, a sinister link to Eleanor is uncovered. Who were these two women behind their ordinary exteriors? Where is Eleanor’s husband, missing these last three weeks? And why can’t Frankie shake the feeling that these murders are connected to a previous case?

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

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

‘Fantastic . . . Compelling, chilling and brilliant’ Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
‘A hard-boiled take on Tana French . . . a talent to watch’ Irish Times
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 5th April 2018

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781786489890


Too Close To Breathe is a fearless, fast-paced debut which drops you into the world of Dublin detective Frankie Sheehan - who is a perfect mix of frailty, ferocity and guts. Add to this flashes of deft, dark humour and a compelling city setting and you have a must for fans of Irish crime fiction. Olivia Kiernan is a writer you'll read with your breath held.
Jess Kidd
Too Close To Breathe is the kind of police procedural we haven't seen for a long time; a female cop with a traumatic past racing about the mean streets of Dublin, a hanged victim with a strange clue and a dark secret . . . Olivia Kiernan has brought the serial killer thriller back with a vengeance.
Christopher Fowler
A really slick, dynamic-paced police procedural, very much in the vein of Tana French. A proper page-turner, lovely, accomplished writing.
Jo Spain
A truly first class crime novel. Intricate, suspenseful, twisted. Plus, a fantastic female protagonist in Frankie Sheehan who can stand proud with some of the great fictional detectives. Just knock-out.
C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
An involving, well-written police procedural that augurs well for an entertaining series.
Sunday Express
Delivered in propulsive, minimalist prose, Sheehan is precisely the kind of gruff, no-nonsense cynic you'd want investigating your own murder . . . Too Close to Breathe reads like a hard-boiled take on Tana French and immediately establishes Olivia Kiernan as a talent to watch.
Irish Times
Disorderly, dangerous and above all, driven, Frankie Sheehan is the kind of true-to-life protagonist I love.
William Shaw
Edgy debut with strong writing that builds the sense of fatal transgression.
Sunday Times
Fantastic . . . Compelling, chilling and brilliant.
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
Gritty, cynical and haunting, this is crime writing of the highest order and the product of a darkly fascinating mind. First class.
David Mark
Mesmerizing. Olivia Kiernan carefully unspools a complex riddle of murder, betrayal, and secret lives, layering on the menace even as she builds her tough-as-nails chief detective for the climatic finale. Clever plot. Brilliant characters. Everything you need in a great thriller.
Lisa Gardner
Olivia Kiernan is a fabulous new voice on the crime-writing scene. Absorbing, touching and scary, this is a treat of a read.
Lesley Thomson
Sassy and thoroughly unconventional . . . A terrific debut with an engagingly potty-mouthed, tough-as-nails female lead.
Irish Independent
Smart, grisly and extremely slick - this Dublin set debut delivers a treat.
Daily Mirror