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Top Shelf Spotlight: ‘A Single Breath’ by Lucy Clarke

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘A Single Breath’ by Lucy Clarke. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…



A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke.


The deeper the water, the darker the secrets

There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing…

When Eva’s husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson’s brother’s doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. As strange details about her husband’s past begin to emerge, memories of the man she married start slipping through her fingers like sand, as everything she ever knew and loved about him is thrown into question. Now she’s no longer sure whether it was Jackson she fell in love with – or someone else entirely…

The truth is, it was all a lie . . .


‘A Single Breath’ was the second book I read by Lucy Clarke (after ‘The Sea Sisters’) and I absolutely loved it! I read it quite a while ago now, but it really did make an impact on me as a reader.



About the Author


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Lucy Clarke is the author of four novels: ‘The Sea Sisters’, ‘A Single Breath’, ‘The Blue’ and ‘Last Seen’. She spends her winters travelling and her summers at home on the south coast of England.



About the Book


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Pages: 400

Release Date: May 2013

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense.

Average Goodreads rating: 3.91

Film? No.

Author’s other works: ‘The Sea Sisters’ (2013), ‘The Blue’ (2015) and ‘Last Seen’ (2017).

Themes explored: Trauma, death.



My Thoughts


Favourite character/narrator: Eva!

What I liked/overall standout elements:

  • The narrative is told in a simplistic way, but it is still very effective. The novel is narrated from the third-person, focusing on the life of Eva and how she deals with the devastating news that her husband her drowned. The reader gets to know the protagonist really well, allowing for a deep connection between character and reader.
  • Eva is an extremely realistic and likeable character. She’s kind-hearted and very down-to-earth, but it soon becomes clear that there’s much more to her than first meets the eye. She’s a very complex character, and is excellently-written.
  • The novel expertly explores the theme of the domestic, focusing in on the marriage of Eva and Jackson. It attempts to work through some of the complexities within adult relationships, and how secrets and lies can destroy relationships.
  • Although it addresses some adult themes, overall this novel is quite a light read, in the sense that the subject matter never really gets very dark. It’s easy to read and not too taxing, but Clarke’s writing style is still fantastic and truly hooks in the reader.
  • There are many thriller elements employed throughout the novel, such as increasing tension and suspense, mystery surrounding Jackson’s death, lots of twists and turns, and an almighty climax.
  • There’s a dramatic end scene in which the reader learns the truth about Jackson’s death. It’s shocking and totally unpredictable, and the events of the novel come together in the most fantastic way. The resolution to the book was really great.




My overall verdict: For an easy, accessible Psychological Thriller, look no further than Lucy Clarke!









Happy reading 🙂

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