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Too Close to Breathe: A heart-stopping crime thriller (Frankie Sheehan 1)

Olivia Kiernan

8 Reviews

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Ireland, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

A claustrophobic crime thriller that will keep you gripped and leave you gasping

Perfect for fans of Tana French, Jane Casey and Gillian Flynn
'Truly first class. Just knock-out' C. J Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
'Fantastic . . . Compelling, chilling and brilliant' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
'Mesmerizing . . . murder, betrayal, and secret lives . . . Everything you need in a great thriller' Lisa Gardner


Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanged 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.

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Praise for Too Close to Breathe: A heart-stopping crime thriller (Frankie Sheehan 1)

  • 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.

  • Brilliant . . . Clever and compelling, I could hardly breathe myself as I raced to the end.

  • Loved this, clever, assured and a true page turner. Can't wait for next one!

  • Fantastic . . . Compelling, chilling and brilliant.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Edgy debut with strong writing that builds the sense of fatal transgression. - Sunday Times

  • Smart, grisly and extremely slick - this Dublin set debut delivers a treat. - Daily Mirror

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