Inspired

So the proofs went out and some words came back. I want to thank all those authors who have welcomed TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE on to their to-be-read piles, currently reading piles and just-read piles. Having watched from the sidelines for years, I’m so grateful to these authors, who’ve shuffled over (without needing to), reached down a hand to a debut author and said, come up here, there’s room. Thank you so much.

Here are some of the wonderful things these authors have taken the time to say about TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE:

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. (Lisa Gardner)

A really slick, dynamic-paced police procedural, very much in the vein of Tana French. A proper page-turner, lovely, accomplished writing.    (Jo Spain)

Too Close To Breathe is a fearless, fast-paced debut which drops you into the world of Dublin detective Frankie Sheehan – who is a perfect mix of frailty, ferocity and guts. Add to this flashes of deft, dark humour and a compelling city setting and you have a must for fans of Irish crime fiction. Olivia Kiernan is a writer you’ll read with your breath held. (Jess Kidd)

Disorderly, dangerous and above all, driven, Frankie Sheehan is the kind of true-to-life protagonist I love. (William Shaw)

Too Close To Breathe is the kind of police procedural we haven’t seen for a long time; a female cop with a traumatic past racing about the mean streets of Dublin, a hanged victim with a strange clue and a dark secret . . . Olivia Kiernan has brought the serial killer thriller back with a vengeance. (Christopher Fowler)

Gritty, cynical and haunting, this is crime writing of the highest order and the product of a darkly fascinating mind. First class. (David Mark)

Olivia Kiernan is a fabulous new voice on the crime-writing scene. Absorbing, touching and scary, this is a treat of a read. (Lesley Thomson)

Too Close To Breathe welcomes a thrilling new voice to crime fiction. Taut and gritty, smart and dark, and with a brilliantly crafted detective in Frankie Sheehan, Olivia Kiernan plots twists and turns that will keep you in knots to the very end. (Linda Fairstein)

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