- About the Book
From the internationally bestselling author of The Marriage Lie comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family.Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It's the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia's father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he's come home to die of cancer, and she's responsible for his care--and coming to terms with his guilt. Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town's most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope. As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth--and all the lies that came before--may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated....
THE LAST BREATH is an impressive debut novel that is set in the hills of Appalachia in Eastern Tennessee, where the author, Kimberly Belle, grew up.... This book will appeal to readers looking for a true whodunit. There were times when I was convinced Ray was guilty, then Belle would throw another potential suspect in the mix and I thought for sure he was innocent. That being said, the plot is extremely ambitious and a lot of fun to read, even though it occasionally jumped the track a time or two through the course of the narrative. Gia and Jake didn't always react to events as one might expect, which, depending on your point of view, might make them either more or less believable to you.