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One Breath Away [Kindle Edition]

Heather Gudenkauf
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Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

"Scintillating...The author slowly and expertly reveals the truth in a tale so chillingly real, it could have come from the latest headlines."

-Publishers Weekly starred review on These Things Hidden

"There's a particular darkness to her heartland, rife as it is with predators and the walking wounded, and her unsentimental take on the milieu manages to find some hope without being maudlin."

-Publisher Weekly on The Weight of Silence

"Heather Gudenkauf skillfully weaves an explosive tale of suspense and...the healing power of love."

-#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs on The Weight of Silence

"Heather Gudenkauf is one of those rare writers who can tell a tale with the skill of a poet while simultaneously cranking up the suspense until it's unbearable."

-New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

"Brilliantly constructed, this will have you gripped until the last page."

-Closer on The Weight of Silence

"Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this great thriller."

-Red Magazine on The Weight of Silence

"The Weight of Silence is a cleverly crafted exercise in sustaining tension. Her technique is faultless, sparse and simple and is a master class in how to construct a thriller...A memorable read...a brave first novel."

-Sunday Express

Pressestimmen

"Scintillating...The author slowly and expertly reveals the truth in a tale so chillingly real, it could have come from the latest headlines."

-Publishers Weekly starred review on These Things Hidden

"There's a particular darkness to her heartland, rife as it is with predators and the walking wounded, and her unsentimental take on the milieu manages to find some hope without being maudlin."

-Publisher Weekly on The Weight of Silence

"Heather Gudenkauf skillfully weaves an explosive tale of suspense and...the healing power of love."

-#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs on The Weight of Silence

"Heather Gudenkauf is one of those rare writers who can tell a tale with the skill of a poet while simultaneously cranking up the suspense until it's unbearable."

-New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

"Brilliantly constructed, this will have you gripped until the last page."

-Closer on The Weight of Silence

"Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this great thriller."

-Red Magazine on The Weight of Silence

"The Weight of Silence is a cleverly crafted exercise in sustaining tension. Her technique is faultless, sparse and simple and is a master class in how to construct a thriller...A memorable read...a brave first novel."

-Sunday Express


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2605 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 375 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0778313654
  • Verlag: MIRA (26. Juni 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1848451326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848451322
  • ASIN: B007ZV2W8A
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #199.172 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Unconvincing story 5. Juli 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Since I got it for free I gave it 3 stars, yet would I have had to pay for it, I would have been greatly disappointed by the unconvincing story. Of course we all know men can have big egos and narcissistic personalities, yet this story seems very far fetched to me.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Enttäuschend 20. Juni 2014
Von buttercup
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Ich habe dieses Buch zum Glück umsonst erhalten, es wäre mir zu schade hierfür Geld auszugeben. Das Szenario an sich ist wirklich spannend und deswegen habe ich wohl viel zu hohe Erwartungen aufgebaut. Das erste Kapitel ist richtig gut, der Rest leider nicht mehr. Es baut sich überhaupt keine Spannung auf, weil einfach nichts passiert. Es wird aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln erzählt, doch die meisten Personen sind nur indirekt am Geschehen beteiligt und können deswegen auch Spannung vermitteln. Ich bin sehr enttäuscht. Am Anfang rätselt man noch wer der Täter sein könnte, doch auch das ist mir ab der Hälfte klar geworden und da absolut nichts passiert hat man kaum Gründe weiterzulesen. Es ist nicht empfehlenswert, da auch Emotionen fehlen.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  242 Rezensionen
38 von 39 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Tense and Absorbing 26. Juni 2012
Von Brett H - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
At first sight the scenario of a lone gunman in a school holding hostages did not seem the most appealing of subjects for a plot, at least from my personal perspective. However, this book is so well written and so well plotted that it grabs the attention from the word go, and holds it throughout.

The format is that the chapters are short and each is written from the perspective of one of four people - Holly who is in hospital suffering from severe burns, Augie her daughter, Will her father, who is taking care of Augie and her brother PJ whilst their mother recovers, and Meg who is a police officer in Broken Branch and whose daughter, like Augie and PJ, attends the school.

The action is quite tense and definitely becomes a page turner as the climax to the siege approaches. This is also as much a book about interpersonal relationships, particularly the rather fraught relationship between Will and his daughter and granddaughter and a lot of background is covered so that we come to realise how this situation has come about. The reader sees the situation from everyone's perspective and has a certain sympathy with each viewpoint which is quite a feat by the author.

This book works on a number of different levels. There is the suspense of the main story and the ever present possibility of a violent outcome, and uncertainty as to the identity and motivation of the gunman. The latter is almost a sub plot as various inhabitants of Broken Branch feel that the perpetrator may be connected with them. Additionally it is easy to identify with the hopes and fears of the main participants and the characters all seem to be multi dimensional in contrast with some books I have read recently where it is not possible to identify with any of the players. Highly recommended!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Intense and realistic 14. Oktober 2012
Von Shannon Naugle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Intense. That basically sums it up! One Breath Away is told from 5 different perspectives during a hostage situation at a small town school. The identity of the intruder is unknown until the very end as everyone scrambles to understand what is happening. I love that the author tells the story through several perspectives: a teacher trapped in the classroom with the gunman, a teenager trying to make take care of her younger brother, a grandfather trying to make sure his grandchildren are all right, a cop who may have a connection to the gunman, and a mother who is recovering from a horrible accident hundreds of miles away. But this book doesn't just deal with a gunman in a school. It also reflects upon small town life and the relationships we make and what connects us together. One Breath Away feels eerily familiar and, at times, almost TOO realistic, especially after the events of Columbine,Virginia Tech and too many other similar situations. I was nervous and anxious to make sure everyone was ok as the events unfolded. This book will keep you up at night and stay with you for awhile.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One Breath Away 7. Oktober 2012
Von Naida M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
One Breath Away is an emotional novel about how a community deals with a horrific act.

The story takes place on a snowy day in a small town in Iowa on the last school day before Spring break. A gunman has entered the school and as word gets out, horrified parents are pooled outside along with police and reporters. Most of the town's children up through age eighteen are held captive inside, since the school condenses grades k-12. To make matters worse, a blizzard is in full effect and the extra police help needed may not even make it in time.

At first, due to the subject matter, I didn't know how I would fare reading this book.
I wondered "why am I doing this to myself?" as I read. This book is emotional to say the least.

Author Heather Gudenkauf really drew me in and I found myself unable to put this book down for the first hundred pages or so. The book is told from a few different points of view. Police officer and mother Meg, grandfather Will, third grade teacher Mrs Oliver and eight grade student Augie, are some of the characters that we see the story through.

The characters are well developed and as they narrate, we get flashbacks and their previous memories. I have to mention, I had a hard time telling the two moms Holly and Meg apart. Since the book switches back and forth from different narrators, I had to keep checking to see which mom was which. One mother is a cop, the other is lying in a hospital bed, but I still found myself mixing them up.

Eight grader Augie gives up the chance at freedom as some of the children are able to sneak out of the school, but because her little brother P.J. is still somewhere inside, she refuses to leave him. Moments like these invested me in the story and its characters.

The gunman winds up in Mrs. Oliver's third grade classroom and as she tries to bargain with him in order to try and protect her students, I got the chills reading. She thinks back on her forty years of teaching and swears she will not die on this day.
Speaking of Mrs. Oliver, I liked her character the most. Especially when she wears a tacky bedazzled denim dress that one of her students gifted her, just to please her student.

About halfway through the book, I felt the story lost its momentum a bit. The scenes from inside the school were suspenseful, especially from Mrs. Oliver's point of view since the gunman was in her classroom. However, in between the flashbacks and the trying to figure out the gunman's identity, my interested began to stray.
Once the mid read hump passed, I couldn't put this book down again, I just had to know how it would all end. When the gunman's identity was revealed, I did think it was a bit of a far stretch. For some reason, it just didn't sit well with me. I have to say, for a story with this type of premise, it all ends well.

Upon reading more about the author I learned that she was on campus at her university one day when a gunman entered a classroom and shot several students then killed himself. This tragic event moved her to write this emotional story.

I teared up a bit as I read some scenes, mostly because of the children. I think that's the mark of a good author, one that will evoke emotion in a reader. Although I had some issues with One Breath Away, I still enjoyed it overall.

This is a tense and heavy read and I recommend it if you're looking for a story that will affect you as you turn the pages. All in all, I enjoyed Heather Gudenkauf's style of writing and her storytelling was intriguing. I would definitely want to read this author again.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Slow going 27. April 2013
Von Julia Flyte - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
In a small town in Iowa, a gunman walks into a school during a snowstorm. He sets himself up in a classroom and calmly takes control. Outside, the policeforce mobilise, but due to the poor weather their numbers are small and extra reinforcements are not available. Anxious parents also gather. Inside the school, 12 year old Augie worries about her younger brother, trapped in the gunman's classroom. No one knows who the gunman is or what he wants.

The book unfolds over the course of a single day and chapters move between the perspective of five characters: Augie, her mother Holly (in hospital in Arizona), her grandfather Will, Mrs Oliver (a teacher inside the school) and Meg, one of the policemen. The chapters are short - usually a few pages, sometimes only as a paragraph or two.

I read most of the book in one setting so I suppose that suggests I loved it, but the truth is that I found it pretty slow going. There is not a lot of action and not a lot of suspense (though it does ramp up somewhat towards the end). There are a lot of back stories that have only negligible - if any - connection to the main plot. Most of it is treading water as the children wait for something to happen and the police on the outside try to identify the gunman. I know that there are many rapturous reviews out there but honestly, I didn't feel it. Heather Gudenkauf is compared to Jodi Picoult, but having recently read The Storyteller, I didn't feel that this book was nearly as complex or absorbing. It's okay, but that's all.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful woven tapestry of thoughts, action and immobility 27. September 2012
Von H.J. van der Klis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
It was my first novel from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf that I read. What happens when a man enters a school in a place in Iowa on a cold winter day and takes a class and their teacher into hostage, without explicit demands? One Breath Away explores the family ties, suspicions about possible actors and victims, the actions and movements in and outside the school building. The composition is brilliant. Instead of a whodunnit crime fiction setup, time gets by through the lenses of all involved. They all tell snippets from their viewpoints in short chapters. As a reader you're constantly aware of actually not much happening, though the tension of the outcome of this story stays to the last page.
Meet Holly in the hospital bed, lucky to be absent from school. What will her father Will, armed and eager to save his grandchildren Augie & P.J. do in school? Is it a father looking for his children? Augie's dad? Will the teacher, mrs. Evelyn Oliver be brave enough to be remembered about her rescue, or will she fail? And what's the role of Meg Barrett, a local police officer trying to resuce her daughter? Without revealing the whole plot, I'd definitely recommend reading this beautiful woven tapestry of thoughts and immobility, one breath away from either a successful rescue or a tragedy. The book contains questions for your reading group to unearth hidden motives and points to relate to your personal circumstances, plus an interview with the author and a preview of These Things Hidden.
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