Katherine Hayton - Breathe and Release

Breathe and Release - Katherine Hayton

Elisabet just woke with amnesia. The care offered to her by a husband she doesn't remember descends within weeks into aggression and violence.

Lillian lies hogtied in an underground cell. Forget about escape; unless she can manage the necessities of life she'll be dead within days.

Kristen lost her house, her friends, and her confidence when her parents separated. Now her injured stepmother has moved back in. Has she lost her memory, or lost her mind?

Will the secrets hidden in Elisabet's locked memory be enough to set them all free?


What a unique thriller.


When you start reading you think you know what’s going to happen. Elisabet lost her memory due to an accident. At the same time Lilllian is captures in a cellar and left to die. You know immediately that both things are connected.  But let me tell you, you will not guess in which way they are connected.


Elisabet awakes in a hospital with amnesia. She is not a very likeable character. Her husband Graeme appears and takes her home, despite the fact that they are separated. Elisabet can’t remember im and  dislikes him when she sees him and asks herself how she ever could end up with him. He has a teenage daughter which is not very keen of Elisabet. Graeme offers to take care of Elisabet while she recovers. In the meantime we learn how Lillian struggles to stay alive in this cellar. The things got more and more complicated between Elisabet and Graeme and violence takes place.


This book is quite a read. At first I was not sure if I would like it. Elisabet is a complicated character. I did not like her and I also did not trust her. The writing is very aloof and reserved. You don’t feel close to the characters. The violence Graeme shows after a while seems out of place. At the same time I was worried about Lillian. And I also did not know what to make of stepdaughter Kirsten. Then in the middle you think everything is clear, you know what is going to happen in the rest of the book. This is the point where the twist begins to unfold.


For me this book was not very gripping from the start. I thought it was predictable. But how wrong I was. This book got quite a surprising twist which turns it into a very dark book and makes it very unique. This book is one of those you have to rethink about when it ends. It is well written, well composed and surprising and definitely not what you expect when you start reading.


I receives a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review