The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

The Breathless

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 somethin...

Details The Breathless

TitleThe Breathless
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreYoung Adult, Gothic, Horror

Reviews The Breathless

  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)
    1.5 stars. I started this trip with seven arcs to read, and this was the last. Ironically, this is also the only one of those arcs I didn't finish. Not only does The Breathless have some... uh... uncomfortably racist bits - we'll get to that later - it also completely fails at being creepy or even interesting. WOW, I HATED THIS MORE THAN I REALIZED?♔ Not suspenseful. There are moments where the book mentions dead horse bones and snake skins and...
  • Katie Nelson
    A page turning, gothic mystery!Mae's sister Ro mysteriously died, and life has been hard for her family ever since. Her father is obsessed with finding Cage, her sister's boyfriend who disappeared the night of her death, but comes back almost a year later with no memory of the events. Ro doesn't want to help, but she desperately needs answers and with the help of Cage, and a little green book full of family secrets, she just might uncover the tru...
  • Melanie Thompson
    Mae's life changes when her older sister dies mysteriously. Her father is obsessed with finding the boy he believes to be her killer while Mae and her twin sister live in the shadow of Ro's death. The discovery of a secret family journal sends Mae into a dark series of revelations and life-changing events. This Southern Gothic tale twists and turns and ultimately surprises with a page turning thrill. Magic and mystery imbue the pages with a delic...
  • Sandra Mather
    This atmospheric Southern tale weaves a mysterious spell where the past lives on and affects the present. The redolence of dark magic hangs as heavily in the air as the fragrance of the coastal waters or the night-blooming jasmine. In the tradition of Anne Rice, this book will enchant you.
  • Suzanne
    Obviously I have not read the book yet but I heard about it from those in "the know" and I am eager to read it! I like mysteries and this sounds like an intriguing one with several unexpected twists. Looking forward to its release!
  • Karen McManus
    This is a darkly beautiful book, imbued with echos of the past in its lush Southern setting. Mae Cole is still living in the shadow of her golden sister Ro, almost a year after Ro died. When Ro's former boyfriend knocks on the door of their historic home with no memory of the past year, his return sets off a haunting, magical mystery. I tore through this book, especially as I got toward the end, and I never saw the last few pages coming. Tara Goe...
  • Caroline Graham
    The Breathless is a gorgeous, atmospheric mystery that skilfully captures the gothic South. Goedjen’s world is rich, dark and full of intrigue and it is populated with characters that are as strange as they are compelling. The book’s central mystery is the death of Roxanne (Ro) Cole and the wake of grief and suspicion she leaves behind, but the narrative reaches so much deeper than this. It explores the boundaries between life and death, the ...
  • Amanda Searcy
    Keep the lights on! This story is engrossing, suspenseful, and complex. I loved the setting and how it jumps back and forth between time periods. There are secrets at every turn, and a young woman who is trying to figure it all out while dealing with her grief and helping a friend. A one-sitting read and a great mystery! Perfect for fans of Beautiful Creatures!
  • Rebecca
    Wow!!! Super fun, atmospheric southern gothic -- where has this been all my life?! Make sure to pick this up when it releases in October!
  • Rachael
    If I could sum up how I feel about this book in one word it would be: ugggggggggggggghhhhhh. and also, why?I don't even want to go into all the reasons why I didn't like The Breathless but you know what, I'm going to anyway. I don't know if it's because I'm in a reading slump right now, but a lot of things in this book pissed me off to varying degrees. I'll list them in order of least pissed to most pissed:5. The way it changed tenses so often wa...
  • Jennifer
    I got an ARC back in the end of April at a book festival. I was instantly excited because I love books that take place in the south and deal with the creepy magical history. This book did not let me down. The setting of Blue Gate was perfect for this kind of story. I loved the storyline and the ending. The only downside was some of it was predictable.
  • Shady Cosgrove
    I LOVED this book. I'm not usually a young adult reader but the pacing and characterisation was just great. The gothic setting was haunting and with all of the twists and turns I found myself rushing through my day to get back to reading. I'd DEFINITELY recommend this. Read it!
  • Susan Sherman
    Lock your doors. Turn off your phone. For heaven’s sake don’t start this book late at night. You’ll be up ‘til dawn. Tara Goedjen’s debut novel The Breathless is bound to keep you in that state. It has everything: a crumbling mansion deep in the Alabama woods; a tragic death haunting this family; a mystery itching to be solved; a book of spells; a witch or two, and even an old man in the attic who knows a lot, but can’t speak. In Goed...
  • Shelly King
    Don't you just love a book with a dark family secret? I do! This book is full of atmosphere, plot twists, and characters who pull at your heart. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Read it. Just read it.
  • Charles
    The thrills unfurl with delicious languor right from the first page of Tara Goedjen’s debut novel, The Breathless.Tara draws on her teenage years in Alabama to conjure a murder-thriller infused with the miasma and mystery of the Deep South.The tragic and unexplained death of teen Roxanne Cole, discovered on a beach one year ago, still baffles the community and her grieving family.Most assume that her boyfriend, long since vanished, committed th...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog “But a single flame is not enough to hold back the world’s darkness. […] Though when a light goes out, it can be raised again. You just need a book that is like a box of matches.” Okay, this was a roller coaster of a book. The Breathless was one of my most anticipated books of this year (I know I have a TON of anticipated books), so I was beyond happy w...
  • April D
    A potent debut novel that left me craving more. Full of mystery and shadowy suspense, I found myself unable to put the book down as the hidden heirlooms and buried memories subtly surface. As the plot unfolds, back and forth between parallel histories, answers to long forgotten family secrets are revealed, but not so glaring as to underestimate the imagination of the reader. Days after finishing, my curiosity lingers...
  • Joel
    This was such an enjoyable read. The dark, twisted southern gothic atmosphere is layered with contemporary touches and real people problems - an alcoholic father, a grandfather dealing with a stroke, sisters growing apart. It's also a meditation on grief and loss and the meaning of death. But more than any of that it's just a fun read. The plot was extremely twisty. I'm usually pretty good at predicting the endings of books, but this kept me gues...
  • Kathy Martin
    I abandoned this book at 58%. I was confused about what was happening and didn't connect with any of the characters.
  • Michelle Cameron
    This was beautifully written, super atmospheric and full of gothic mystery. It kept me guessing until the very last page! Like the best gothic books, the dead characters are just as alive as the others.
  • Erin
    Loved this book! It was a perfect summer thriller to read late into the night. I finished it in a matter of days, and toward the end, couldn't put it down (literally carrying it with me in case I had a minute or two to read throughout the day!). I could so vividly see the scenery—the muggy forest, the creaky old house, the dusty barn... really enjoyed the Southern Gothic vibe.
  • Judy
    Roxanne Cole's death has been extremely hard on her sisters Mae and Elle. They can't get over their grief and no one really knows what happened the night of her death. Her boyfriend Cage, ran off that night and hasn't been seen since. Almost a year later, Mae answers the knock on the door to find Cage standing there. Where is Roxanne he asks? He has no memory of that night and Mae isn't sure she believes him. Something is not right! Get ready for...
  • Anna Priemaza
    A boy who can't remember if he's a murderer. A deer that drips blood through the woods. A blond-haired girl who keeps showing up and whispering of secrets. A century-old book full of forbidden magic. A reader's heart that pounds and pounds and pounds as the pages turn faster and faster and faster. The twists.The darkness.The fear.Holy crap, what a book.
  • Stephanie Ward
    3.5 Stars'The Breathless' was another book that I'd been dying to read and ended up falling a bit short. Don't get me wrong - I loved almost everything about the novel. There were just a couple aspects that left me wanting more and it never came. But I'll explain that below. Just know that these are solely my issues and opinions - they don't have anything to do with the book itself. I'll break down the major aspects that stood out to me:Plot: The...
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    If you like stories that are dark, twisty, suspenseful, and full of gothic style plot lines with the kind of intrigue that drops the temperature around you just enough to make you feel a little jumpy then this is the book for you. Goedjen delivers a complex tale full of secrets with beautifully detailed settings and a smooth way of switching the story between different time periods as you journey into the family lore.Her richly detailed world is ...
  • Jessica Taylor
    One of the best debut novels I’ve ever read! THE BREATHLESS is a complicated tale exploring sisters, family, and loving those who hurt us the most. The non-linear storytelling kept me flipping pages as both storylines were equally compelling. Set in a crumbling mansion deep in the woods of Alabama, the setting is beautiful and at the same time truly frightening. Mae is a strong character and Cage is a dreamy love interest. The suspense had me r...
  • Sarah
    There was a point in the middle where the story started to pick up and get interesting but then it all fell apart again by the end. It was pretty easy to guess who the "bad guy" was going to be from the beginning but then the author kind of excused all of his actions in 2 sentences and it was all solved way too quickly. I don't feel like there's any kind of real closure or even a point to the story.