Hold Your Breath
This tale begins in a very straightforward way – a ten-year-old girl is dragged along to the countryside by her parents somewhat against her will, especially since her mother has mental health problems which make even the most straightforward of journeys even more complicated.
But their journey is long and dark and ends in a remote cottage in the middle of a dense and very creepy forest in Northumberland. Why has her dad brought them to this remote and unwelcoming place?
It is at this point that the story switches to the present and the 10-year-old is being interviewed by the police over a suspicious death in the forest when she was a child.
We discover that Kitty Marchland published a novel about her troubled past during the spooky events that took place during her family’s visit to the spooky forest. She is facing questions about what really happened and as the narrative switches between past and present. The truth, when we discover it, turns out to be horrifying.
Cleverly incorporating elements of the supernatural, Hold Your Breath is creepy and disturbing crime fiction. With a well-paced and gritty plot, perceptive characterisation and satisfying conclusion,