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  1. Sharon Sharon says:

    When a lone gunman walks into a local school in Broken Branch Iowa it sends the whole school and the community into total chaos The gunman takes a whole classroom including the teacher hostage but no one knows precisely why or what he really wants or who he is Outside the school is a gathering of worried and frantic parents and family who just want answers but unfortunately no one holds any answers Will the police be able to get all the hostages out safely and back to their loved ones? An intense read that had me on the edge of my seat Highly recommended

  2. Christa Christa says:

    One Breath Away is a great example of why Heather Gudenkauf has uickly become a must read author for me She is a master storyteller and I loved every second that I spent reading this book The author was able to rachet the tension so high that I felt like I was on pins and needles breathless throughout the entire story Gudenkauf created characters that I uickly cared about and I sympathized with them and hoped for a positive outcome to their situation Telling the story from different viewpoints worked very well and I was completely captivated from cover to coverThe citizens of the small town of Broken Branch Iowa are confronted with some of their worst fears when an unknown gunman enters the local public school As frantic parents and families gather to try to find out the fate of their beloved children the police work to gather information and try to figure out how to diffuse the situation Holly a mother who has had to entrust her children to her father in Broken Branch while she recovers from horrific injuries feels her world start crashing down again when she learns her two precious children are in the school Augie Holly's young daughter is determined to get herself and her younger brother safely out of the school and is willing to take great risks for the safety of her brother and other younger children Mrs Oliver is the 3rd grade teacher whose class the gunman has taken hostage She will do anything for the safety of her students Meg is a police officer whose daughter Maria a student in Mrs Oliver's class was thankfully absent from school on this terror filled day Meg works desparately to figure out the identity of the gunman and to secure the safety of the children Will the grandfather of Augie and PJ feels that he failed his daughter Holly while she was growing up and he will not fail her now while her beloved children are in danger Broken Branch is paralyzed by a snow storm while the gunman holds the fate of its children in his handsAs an elementary teacher this book dealt with some of my worst nightmares and the fear of how I would protect my students in a similar situation The subject matter was handled in a very credible manner I could feel the fear and the determination of the characters and they really struck a chord with me Having lived in rural Iowa I felt that the atmosphere of the small town portrayed was perfectly captured Although I absolutely loved Gudenkauf's first two novels I feel right now that One Breath Away was even better However I imagine that if I read all of them again I would say that about whichever of the three I was currently reading I only wish Ms Gudenkauf would turn them out faster I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley

  3. Mandie Lowe Mandie Lowe says:

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book I knew it was about a school shooting or at least a gunman inside a school so I thought it would either be a tear jerk drama or a psychological thriller I was hoping for the latterMy heart was definitely pounding harder while reading this book but not from the thrill I experienced rage at how unbelievably stupid the characters were Rarely do I want to harm a book but I wanted to smack this one against the floor tear out pages with my teeth chew them and spit them out before stomping on them That is how annoying the characters were I wanted them to get shot I was cheering the gunman onNone of the characters ever expanded beyond fictional representations I never felt that any of it was within the realm of possibility The writing felt as though it was written by someone whose only experience with people came from watching tv shows Bad tv shows It was weirdThe gunman oh boy It could have been any number of stupid psychos since this small town has an unusually high number of them But the author decided to go with the most boring option creating a convoluted story to explain why this person who should really know better decided to go off the rails like thatLet me talk about the school for a minute The majority of the story takes places inside this school From reading the book blurb I thought it was about a school shooting that the school or the children would be relevant to the story in some way Nope Turns out this scenario could have played out in a cheese factory a bank an old age home a KFC or anywhere else where there were possible hostages There is a brief attempt to make the school a relevant choice but the justification does not match the story reality so it falls flatNow allow me to summarize the story Possible spoilers aheadOur tale takes place after 911 and Columbine and various other school shooting incidents The police are informed that there is a gunman inside a school They have a manual with instructions on how to deal with this situationWhat actually happens Follow the first three instructions in the manual then toss it Townsfolk hear there is a man with a gun best thing to do is storm the school with guns Oh look a way to escape but sullen teenager #1 is going to stay inside the school instead because her brother might be inside maybe Oh look another way to escape sullen teenager runs all the way to safety then runs back into the school chased by police Hmm sullen teenager wonders what to do in this tense situation what with a crazy person with a gun being inside the school Of course she will lock the doors so that the police can't enter Stupid cop leaves the scene and drives around in a blizzard trying to solve the mystery of the gunman's identity Parents of a witness deny cops the right to uestion the child because she is tired they can ask her who the gunman is tomorrow Because the gunman is just going to hang around in the school with a gun for days while people outside try to guess his name Stupid cop disobeys a direct command and enters the school alone untrained for such situations Because screw the manual Stupid cop can't be bothered to check her phone for messages because that can't possibly be important during this type of situation Meanwhile stupid teacher is antagonizing the gunman because that seems like a good way to protect the children Stupid husband receives a call from inside the school listens to his wife talking loudly about the gunman who is standing right there and then decides that the best course of action would be to start screaming into the phone asking whether his wife is okay The gunman having had to deal with nothing but incompetence and stupidity and crying whining children all day doesn't shoot all the annoying people Pretty bloody unlikely Oh yes there is a nymphomaniac burn victim in a hospital far far away wondering how she's going to be able to have sex with strangers now that she's no longer beautiful This really adds something to the other tale of the village idiots trying to get shot Blah blah blah boring bits and the gunman is? Oh that guy He was mentioned a couple of times I guessNot recommended

  4. Aoibhínn Aoibhínn says:

    This is the second book I've read by Heather Gudenkauf and it is absolutely outstanding This is an extremely well written fast paced novel with well drawn out characters each one had their issues and their flaws yet all of them were likeable The plot is gripping and full of action and suspense The story is told from the perspective of five characters involved in the school hostage situation; Augie a student in the school Mrs Oliver a teacher Holly the mother of Augie who is in hospital recovering from a house fire in another state Will Holly's father who is looking after her children while she is in hospital and Meg a police officer on the scene The chapters switch between the characters and this works very well as we get to see the situation from different points of view We get to see how a parent feels about the situation how a police officer deals with it how the children trapped with a gun toting lunatic feelI found this novel very hard to put down and I look forward to reading from this wonderful author Five stars

  5. Lisa B. Lisa B. says:

    This is my first Heather Gudenkauf book and oooooh what a dandy The story is fast paced and hooked me from the very first page I like the way the story unfolded from five different viewpoints Augie Will Mrs Oliver Meg and Holly Not only did we move forward with each charcter but also backwards to get an understanding of each individual and what lead them to this fateful dayMs Gundenkauf writes a well organized fast paced story I always like that I have to get to the very end before finding out “who done it” I guessed and guessed and guessed but nope I got it wrong Having two nieces who teached I particularily fell in love with Mrs Oliver the 3rd grade teacher who’s class was held hostageShe loves her students and her actions are motivated by her feelings of responsibility to themI have always heard good things about this author’s books and now I know them to be true I will definately be checking out her two earlier books and looking forward to The publishing date is June 19 2012

  6. Crumb Crumb says:

    I am a big Heather Gudenkauf fan so I had high expectations going into this novel Unfortunately I didn't love it as much as I had hopedThis book was told in alternating perspectives by Holly Augie Meg Mrs Oliver and Will We meet Holly in the first chapter She has been badly burned in a house fire and is miles away from her children in a hospital located in Revelation Arizona Her children Augie and PJ are staying in Broken branch with their grandparents Holly cannot believe her children are staying with the family that she had tried to run away from all her life and eventually did Holly and her father Will have a very contemptuous relationship as we readers will come to find out When Holly is resting in her hospital bed her cell phone rings It is her daughter Augie and there is a gunman in her classroomMeg a police officer in Broken Branch has a daughter Maria that attends the same school the gunman is in However Maria didn't go to school that day Meg rushes to the scene to see how she can helpWill just wants to win back his daughter's love and affection He can't seem to do anything right in Holly's eyes If only he can deliver Augie and PJ to safety maybe just maybe he can earn back his daughter's loveThen there is Mrs Oliver She has been a teacher in Broken Branch for over 30 years She is a dedicated and hard working woman and loves all of her students dearly She thinks if she can just reason with the gunman then hopefully not one child will have to get hurt But who is this gunman? Why is here? What does he want from her and the children in her classroom?I found myself drawing comparisons to other books about school shootings eg Finding Jake and Nineteen Minutes Another thing I didn't really like about this book was the shifting perspectives There were too many I don't mind a book that alternates back and forth between two people but this book went back and forth between five I felt like that was a bit too much Books that are formatted like this I find myself always being drawn to one character's perspective over another The bottom line is that I did enjoy this book but I felt that other books handled this subject matter better If you are looking for a book like this I would recommend Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult I thought that was brilliant

  7. Tammy Tammy says:

    One Breath Away is an intriguing story about what happens in a small midwestern town when a lone gunman enters a school with one thing on his mind revenge I was on the edge of my seat and tearing up very good

  8. Laura Laura says:

    When you have recently read an excellent book and have somewhat of a book hangover the only problem is the next book has to also be pretty special to keep the momentum going I chose this novel based on its favourable reviews it sounded just my cup of tea Unfortunately I was disappointed in its executionWritten in the style of Jodi Picoult I am a fan of hers; told from the perspectives of several characters we are introduced to the townspeople involved in a hostage situation taking place at the isolated towns only school The author references real life school shootings such as Columbine but this book becomes eerily familiar of the Sandy Hook tragedy I liked the way the author structured the book I enjoy stories told from different peoples points of view I like to see how different characters interpret the same situation It usually makes for an intriguing read I also liked reading about Meg a female police officer who responds to the hostage crisis Of all the characters she was probably the most realistic I found it difficult to connect with many of the characters; perhaps because some of their perspectives were written in first person and others in third I wish the author would have stuck to one or the other Because of this and indeed the irritatingly short chapters sometimes just half a page I struggled to identify with anyone in particular The storyline didn't captivate me the way I had hoped I liked the premise but the novel was poorly executed As the book takes place over a relatively short period of time the first two thirds of the book consists of a lot of umm ing and aah ing the police considering their next move the townspeople asking 'whats going on?' over and over By the time the 'good stuff' began I was almost too bored to continue Oh and one last critiue I can't not mention I found some of the characters dialect unbelievable and not in a good way Example If you don't do what I say I am going to shoot you Not exactly menacing language is it?I could have justified a one star rating based on the above but I have read worse books this year which I gave one star to so it only seems fair to award this two Will I read another book by this author? Maybe But I certainly won't rush out to buy a copy

  9. Deanna Deanna says:

    Heather Gudenkauf is one of my favorite authors This is an extremely well written novel It is fast paced yet easy to follow and held my interest throughout I was on edge often throughout the novel The story is told from five different perspectives and I found the multiple narratives interesting and easy enough to follow An ordinary school day a the local school in Broken Branch Iowa A lone gunman has entered the school and taken a classroom of children along with their teacher hostage Nobody knows what he wantsI don't want to give anything else away so I will leave it at thatI highly recommend this book

  10. Tania Tania says:

    I read this 400 page book in one day I just could not put it down The main story is about a gunman holding kids hostage in a small town school as told by four characters One breath had me on the edge of my seat and guessing until the last chapters The characters was also very well rounded with enough flaws to make them seem real This is my second book by Heather Gundenkauf and I will be reading everything she publishes

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One Breath Away ✰ One Breath Away Epub ✶ Author Heather Gudenkauf – In her most emotionally charged novel to date New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community the ties between parents and their children and ho In her most emotionally charged novel to date New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community the ties between parents and their children One Breath Epub / and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shatteredIn the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom Outside the school the town of Broken Branch watches and waitsOfficer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands Will Thwaite reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again Trapped in her classroom Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care And thirteen year old Augie Baker already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch will risk her own safety to protect her little brotherAs tension mounts with each passing minute the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.

  • Audio CD
  • 8 pages
  • One Breath Away
  • Heather Gudenkauf
  • English
  • 14 September 2016
  • 9781455895700

About the Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Heather is the NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE and NOT A SOUND.