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The Air We Breathe

by Christa Parrish


Price: £8.99
Publisher:Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:21 December 2012
A strange story that stays in your mind for a long time. It has taken me several weeks since reading this book to get round to writing these notes but a quick look at the cover and I was back into the midst of it.

A little girl witnesses a bank robbery and her father being shot. She is kidnapped by the robbers who fear she could indentify them. She does escape but the damage is done and she is locked in fear, not speaking to anyone.

The story develops from there. Other characters are drawn in, the scene changes as mother and daughter escape from the robber who has found them and they flee to family and then flee again.

It is unsettling and compulsive reading and it is many years later that the story unfolds in the odd surroundings of a tiny tourist town museum that mother and daughter look after. An original character re-appears and together with the boy accross the road who persists with his friendship with the girl, unlocks mother and daughter from their self imposed 'imprisonment'.

Having remembered all this, I shall now read it through again!

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