Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Breathe My Name

by R. A. Nelson

Frances has worked hard to forget her past. Her parents, her friends, her life now are what matters. But when she receives a letter telling her her birth mother has been released from jail, she is forced to remember the past. The past where she had 3 little sisters. The past where her mother murdered them, and tried to murder her too.  It was only luck that someone heard her yelling, luck that she survived where her sisters didn't.  But when her mother writes to her, telling Frances she needs to finish what was started, Frances realizes the only way she is going to be able to move on from her past is to confront it face to face.

A fast paced psychological thriller, Breathe My Name is a hard hitting book about one girls struggle to move on from a horrific event.  The book does an excellent job of discussing mental illness in relation to the mother and the crimes she commits. The reader is left guessing her motives for contacting Frances until the very end, where a plot twist upends most of the readers assumptions. It's a great book for teens who like thrillers, but best for slightly more mature teens since the subject is pretty dark. 

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Age Level: 9th Grade

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