Inkwell Management
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Delacorte (2017-10-10)
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2nd Pass Pages
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Books for very young children, children’s picture books & activity books


by Goedjen, Tara

For fans of the dark family secrets of We Were Liars and the page-turning suspense of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Breathless is a haunting tale of deeply buried secrets, forbidden love, and how far some will go to bring back what’s long dead.

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

Tara Goedjen grew up in Alabama, but, after receiving a scholarship to play tennis, left for college in Iowa. She spent time living in Alaska, holds a MFA from The University of Alabama, was an editor for Pan Macmillan in Sydney and now is a freelance editor. She lives in Monterey, California. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as AGNI, New England Review, Fairy Tale Review, BOMB, Kenyon Review Online, Prism: International, and Overland and her story collection was a finalist for last year’s St. Lawrence Book Award.St. Lawrence Book Award.

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Bringing together horror, romance, and tragedy in one creepy old house,.[The Breathless] will leave readers heartbroken and haunted.

Review: The Bulletin

[The Breathless] is full of secrets, dark magic, and satisfying twists and turns.

Review: Booklist

The Breathless is part magic-tinged mystery, part Southern Gothic, and part romance that chills and thrills you all at once. I couldn't put it down!

Quote: Tara Hudson, author of the Hereafter Triology

This sultry southern tale is drenched in atmosphere! A world of secrets, mysterious family heirlooms, and forbidden love. Get ready to be bewitched by a story where not only the past lives on...but the dead do, too!

Quote: Adrianna Mather, author of How to Hang a Witch

Evocative and mysterious; THE BREATHLESS is rich with layered secrets and intertwined stories of love and loss.

Quote: Sarah Tomp, author of My Best Everything

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