Sometimes when I open a book and see that it's single spaced I tend to be leary. I automatically think that it will take me forever to read, but Stealing Breath has changed my outlook. Though a little slow in the beginning, it does pick up and grabs your heartstrings.
The beginning of the story doesn't really work for me though. I don't really know who Sarah Ross is and why she is looking for a missing child. As it is, I felt that I was thrown in the middle of something. It would have been better if the book started with the child and eased into Sarah looking for her.
I really enjoy books that incorporate the American Indian beliefs. The mystical aspect of their medicine and the healing that occurs in the Potlatch. Though Brothwell weaves these tings seamlessly into Stealing Breath, I would have liked more background information on the "tribe".
I really liked the spark; no pun intended, between Sarah and Evan, and to be honest, that is what kept me reading. I didn't like the repetitive asking "what just happened", but besides that, I did love the way they actually fell in love.
I have read many books that have Skinwalkers as both good and evil; my favorite being Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson, but the evilness of Brothwell's had me intrigued throughout the entire book. The danger was palpable for me.
There were some editing mistakes, but the danger and excitement along with the crazy twists kind of made up for it. Though not an instant best seller, I would actually grab this off of the shelf of any bookstore and give it a try. In fact, I'm actually going to grab the second book today.
3 of 5 stars
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