Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson is a fast paced thriller that kept me frozen from beginning to end. This story revolves around an untimely death of a wife and mother named Caroline Thraxton. The story is told in three sections, with a total of 53 chapters in the novel. The chapters are named either “Deirdre” or “Theo,” as they alternate back and forth between the points of view of Theo, Caroline’s husband and Deirdre, Caroline’s sister.
The story of the novel kicks off somewhat dark and depressing, as Deirdre needs to go to her sister’s funeral and greet the family, including her young nephew who has just lost his mother. Then, at that point the mysterious note is discovered claiming that Caroline’s death was not an accident. Which begins Deirdre’s mission to figure out what truly occurred.
Deirdre and Caroline weren’t really close sisters, yet Caroline sends a mysterious message to Deirdre disclosing that her better half Theo is responsible if she dies. Deirdre is compelled to figure out what has happened, however is out of her depth. Caroline wedded into Rockefeller type wealth, Deirdre lived in an awful basement apartment and worked for Instacart.
Deirdre didn’t actually fit into Caroline and Theo’s world, however she was stubborn and tenacious, and I couldn’t resist the fact that I like her. She had a lot of devils in her own past, and more in the same way as Theo’s family than she understood. It comes out to be obvious that Deirdre didn’t know her sister as well as she suspected.
Besides the heart-wrenching scenes of three year old Teddy, who is trying to understand his mother’s death. There are things like domestic violence, abuse and even sexual assault in the story.
Soon it became very clear that things are not what they appear where Theo is concerned. A long period of brokenness is difficult to shake, and his family is by all accounts loaded with monsters. Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson took off in directions I didn’t anticipate. when I was certain of what was happening, it appeared to change again. The story pushed ahead rapidly and never dragged.
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