Cover Image: Don't Even Breathe

Don't Even Breathe

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

A fairly enjoyable read. The writing could be a little clunky at times, and I had the ending figured out at about 75% through, but prior to that it was nice and twisty.  Looooots of exposition after the climax that I could have done without-sometimes less is more, and I prefer not to have my explanations spoon-fed. But overall, a solid and easy read. I wouldn’t say no to another Maggie Novak novel!
Was this review helpful?
A relatively decent police-procedural by Keith Houghton. The prologue is gripping and succinctly draws the reader in from line one. However, the pace of plot slows dramatically going into the first few chapters as more focus is placed on detailing police work and internal dialog. The characters are decently developed but lack a natural cohesion with one another. It feels as if the character’s description versus their actual portrayal is in conflict with one another. In addition, veteran readers of this genre may find Houghton’s foreshadowing presumptuous, leading to an easy depiction of the plot twist. Overall an okay read. 3 stars.

Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC of #DontEvenBreathe in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
Whoa! 5 stars for this one that really had me floored.
Nothing like a brilliant thriller with spine-chilling events!
There's nothing like a detective with shadowy past and a point to prove. Maggie Novak is one kick-ass detective! All characters in this book are so damn interesting, I couldn't keep this one down!
It has all the salient points of a solid good thriller:
Murder, check. 
Nail-biting suspense, check. 
An extraordinary detective, check. 
A remarkable partner, check.
A good mix of freaky & adorable characters, check
A well-written, twisted plot, check.
A you-didn't-see-it-coming ending, check!
I eagerly look forward to more of Ms Novak. Hands down one of the best I've picked from Netgalley. This book has definitely piqued my interest in Keith Houghton's other books and sure as hell I'll be reading them as soon as I can get my hands on them. I'm very happy I picked this up. Very unique of the book to have chapter headings!

Thanks to Netgalley, Keith Houghton & the publishers for an arc.
Was this review helpful?
Whether an unpopular opinion or no, I feel that Don't Even Breathe could have been much better than it is. The author relied heavily on a confession from Maggie late in the final act but instead of being drawn into the alluded mystery I grew irritated and eventually bored by all the clunky mentions of what had happened years ago.  The reveal was too little too late and the expected twist too nonsensical to take seriously. I prefer at least a reasonable amount of believability in police procedural novels. This killer would have needed supernaturally good luck for this series of events to work, as well as a terribly inept police force and medical professionals working the case. None of these options makes for gripping reading. 

I did find my immersion broken often, and wish that the more natural relationships between characters, such as Loomis and Maggie, had been allowed to shine. While I'm sure there is a market for it and others will surely love this book, I found it all a little too far fetched to be really enjoyable.
Was this review helpful?
I have read all of Keith's books. All are well written and keep your attention from the very beginning. This book is no exception.  Excellent in my opinion.
Was this review helpful?
Great book will be reading other books by this author. 
Will also recommend this book to others. 
Great read! 5***
Was this review helpful?
I've read all of Mr. Houghton's books, and must say he's among my favorite authors.  Why?  Because all the boxes on my "must have" list are always checked.  Intricate, intelligent plot?  Check.  Evocative characters?  Check.  Believable, logical dialogue?  Check.  Satisfying ending?  Check.  What are you waiting for?  Go read it!
Was this review helpful?
I loved the detail and well developed characters.  The story does make you realize how a high school prank can affect an entire army of people.  I did see the end coming but did not want to put the book down!
Was this review helpful?
This book was right up my street. I was engrossed from the very start an couldn’t put it down. I could never predict what was going to happen or what way the plot was going which is a good thing as it keeps you wanting more. Having said that the ending was a bit of a let down. I was really expecting a great ending with plot twists I hadn’t even thought of not your average plot ending that you have read before. It had the potential to be great. On another note loved this authors style of writing an I would definitely read more from this author. Still a good read but just a let down when it came to the ending...
Was this review helpful?
A gripping and intense read. I was very excited to start this one since the blurb had fascinated me.

It was an easy book to read, the characters were interesting and I wanted to know more about them, the more the story went on.
I would recommend this book to my friends!
Was this review helpful?
A well written book and one that I enjoyed very much. One thing I particularly appreciated was that it shows the detectives using modern technology; too often, crime novels seem to be stuck decades in the past when it comes to showing photos to witnesses and things like that. So it felt very realistic and up to date. I did find some of the fight scenes a bit repetitive, and I saw the 'twist' coming from miles away. Nevertheless, I would definitely read another book in the same series.
Was this review helpful?
With a multitude of twists and turns DON'T EVEN BREATHE by Keith Houghton is a thriller with unrelenting action that will keep you reading long into the night. 

Main character, Maggie Novak is a believable character and is perfectly relatable. She may be an elite homicide detective, or "deathtective," as she calls herself, but she is also a person with a past. Maggie knows she has done terrible things and she wishes she could go back and change them, but knows she can't. 

Maggie has a man in her life, but she keeps it casual. He is a cute, surfer-type whose day job is working in the mental health field. He has a dog and I love that the dog's name is Spartacus. 

When Maggie's worst high school memory is brought to light, she has to not only find a murderer, but must also face up to the things she did back then. 

This story proves that high school may be long over, but often those memories affect the rest of a person's life. 

I rate DON'T EVEN BREATHE as 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and am thrilled to have found a writer whose work I was unfamiliar with until now. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of his novels. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.
Was this review helpful?
Don’t Even Breathe is a pacy, addictive thriller with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it that draws you in immediately.

The prologue in which a murder is planned was enough to engage my reading senses then the author backs that up with a tense and beautifully plotted novel with little twists and turns leading you to a heart stopping finale.

Maggie is a great character and there is a well formed supporting cast with enough misdirection to keep you guessing. Past and present collide and you are hooked in first page to last.

A great crime read. I would not be disappointed if this were to be a series.

Recommended.
Was this review helpful?
A suspenseful mystery full of twists. The characters are well developed. The plot is intriguing. Just when you think you have it solved, you're wrong. This is a good start to a new series. I can't wait to see how things develop.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

While the story wasn't anything I haven't read before and follows pretty much the same MO as most mystery, suspense etc books, there was still something tickling good about this book.  The best part of the book is the characters that Keith Houghton has created.  His lead character, Maggie is intense but he balances here out with two other characters. 
The premise of the book is familiar to me,  a hard homicide detective (Maggie) is called to investigate remains of a young woman.  They identify it as a counsler but Maggie is positive its someone from her past who she thought was dead nearly 20 years ago. 
Her hunt for the truth reminds her of a HS trick and she's off an running on a case that she is took close too and is personal for her. 

Again, it follows the same format as most mysteries, with the obvious person being the twist, but the characters are interesting to read.  Even though you can guess the ending, its still a very entertaining read!
Was this review helpful?
This book was brilliant from beginning to end! Lots of twists and turns. I am sure there will be another book to follow this one, certainly hope so.
Was this review helpful?
Thanks so much for  my ARC copy.  I loved it! I read it in one day - couldn't put it down! I didn't suspect that endjng! I hope there will be more of Maggie Novak.
Was this review helpful?
Homicide detective Maggie Novak has caught a murder case, a woman whose body has been badly burned and whom has been identified as Dana Cullen, school counselor. But Maggie notices something on the body, something that makes her believe that the body may actually belong to her old friend from school, Rita, who supposedly burned to death twenty years before.  Could Rita have actually been alive all that time? And if so, why is she dead now, in a manner identical to the one that was supposed to have killed her two decades earlier? Houghton captures all the weird and wonderful things we love to hate and hate to love about the Sunshine State, along with a gruesome murder and decades old murder mystery
Was this review helpful?
I really enjoyed this, Maggie is a great character, determined to find the killer of her childhood friend despite it making her face her past. Finding her friend who she thought had died 20 years previously makes her question everything she has been through. I really didn't expect the twist at the end!!
Was this review helpful?
Very good suspense book with a few good twists. Ending was a definite surprise.  At times some of the book had to be skimmed because of all the typical police who did what but it didn’t take away from the story  Good characters and plot. Would definitely recommend. Thank you netgalley for letting me give an honest review of this book.
Was this review helpful?