One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf

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In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.

In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.


About Heather Gudenkauf

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Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.
Published July 1, 2012 by MIRA. 375 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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On a dreary morning as a storm blows darkly through Broken Branch, a frightened child phones her mom from class: “He has a gun.

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Knowing that the men he saw die would give anything to tell their wives and children that they loved them one more time, he made a point of visiting his children's rooms each night and telling them that.

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The Bookbag

It’s a thought provoking book – it’s scary how many people in a small town might have the motive to storm into a school waving around a firearm – but it’s not a tear jerker.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

I did guess who the bad guy was part way through - but wasn't really sure until the reveal.

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