The Breathtaker

The Breathtaker

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Breathtaker 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. From beginning to end, this story was hypnotizing. I could not stop thinking about it after I put it down for the night. I even dreamed about tornadoes because of it.
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The title of the book is ¿The Breathtaker¿. The author of ¿The Breathtaker' is Alice Blanchard. The genre of the ¿The Breathtaker¿ is Mystery. The important/main characters of ¿The Breathtaker¿ are Charlie Grover (Police Chief), Sophie Grover (Charlie¿s daughter), Issac Grover (Charlie¿s father), Rick Kripner (Wind Specialty), and Dr. Willa Bellman (Wind Specialty). This novel is about a guy that chases tornadoes, kills innocent people, and steals a tooth out of their mouth. The police chief tries to figure out who the killer is. An quote that kind-of explains the book is, ¿ She thought she saw a figure moving around inside the dark, chaotic house and chased the phantom with her eyes.¿ An important quote would have to be, ¿Inside the old-fashion mason jar were dozens of extracted human teeth, mixed with animal teeth.¿ I would give this book a rating of a 10. It is a pretty lengthy book, it is 391 pages long. It is kind-of difficult, but worth it. It has a lot of descriptive details. I absolutely recommend this book. It is a book you can not put down. This is a book you could read over and over again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was seriously a thrill ride.I would read it again and again.It all comes together at the end for the final throwdown.This book excites me to the bone.This was honestly an outstanding piece of work.Breathtaker will take you on the dark side of the ride.So,expect what you would not.I don't think any book could ever be like Alice Blanchard's Breathtaker!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great characters fueled by a great idea. That's so rare. This is not your standard procedural schlock. It's powerfully original. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a unique thriller as not only you have a killer on the loose, but this killer does his work when tornadoes hit the towns. I enjoyed the suspense this novel created and as a fan of tornado chasing, I felt the book had double the thrill factor. A very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once in a while a book comes around that gives you what you hope for in the genre and a little bit more. This is one of those books. Wonderfully written, with a captivating cast of characters and perfectly-paced plot, The Breathtaker surprised me at nearly every turn... when it wasn't busy tugging my emotions this way and that. Sheriff Charlie Grover is one of the better suspense book heroes I've seen in a long time. Caught between the dark events of his past and mistrust of his future, he struggles to keep it all together as a serial killer pays a visit to his town and ultimately threatens his own daughter. All the while, Charlie must deal with a difficult father whom he suspects is responsible for killing his own mother and baby sister many, many years ago... but was it an accident or a deliberate act? It's the not knowing that keeps you turning the pages of this one. The reader will struggle between their eagerness to find out against the desire to savor every page of this excellent novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the plot is too original, and unquestionably far-fetched, the novel succeeded in providing hours of captivating entertainment. After all, the story is a work of fiction. Keeping that fact in mind, one becomes 'sucked in' to the twisters that descriptively come to life every few chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I couldnt put it down. I thought that tornadoes and weather were going to be put on the backburner because of the murders (Im a giant fan of weather), but her descriptions of the storms and other events made me feel like I was right there, watching the storm happen. It was a very creative murder mystery, tieing in mother nature with your typical psycho killer. I havent read a book quite like this before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This concept is a little out there in terms of plausibility, but I went along with it and really enjoyed the story. The characters are exceptional, especially the hero, Charlie Grover, who is dealing with as much internal chaos as external. Kind of a convergence of both happening when this story takes place. I also really liked the peripheral characters, such as the native american cop from the other town. The author has a way of making you root for people before you're sure what kind of people they are. All the tornado stuff was outstanding, too. Recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this thriller. It combined nature and police procedural in a new and inventive way. The characters were well-portrayed, especially the daughter of the police chief, who was believably vulnerable and rebellious. So many of these stories take a character like her and make her stupid in order to put her in jeopardy, but this one did it right. Above all, this was scary as all hell at times. This author knows psychological horror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a first-rate thriller. I couldn't put it down. Highly, highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Breathtaker nails it. It's an unusually powerful, emotional and literary novel built around a brilliant concept. I think this writer feels it in her bones. It's beyond good, it's brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is like the poor man's version of 'Twister' meets 'CSI.' I was highly disappointed since these fellow critics gave it rave reviews. I think the whole serial killer-murder-mystery genre has been played out to the point that authors are REALLY starting to reach when it comes to new and exciting plots. This one just didn't make sense. The killer follows around tornadoes and makes it look as though the tornado killed the victim--give me a break! And then the whole teeth thing--just didn't fit into the story or make ANY sense. Very disappointing and silly read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. A real page turner! It definately kept me guessing all the way to the end. Her details were wonderful, you could almost feel what was happening as it was packed full of suspense, heartbreak, and real emotions. I only hoped the author would have wrapped it up with all characters included somehow, for closure! Overall, it was one of the best books I have ever read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This just won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for BEST SUSPENSE NOVEL of 2003. To quote: 'In a word-wow! Blanchard has outdone herself in this unique and mesmerizing thriller. With both an angry Mother Nature and a deranged serial killer on the loose, THE BREATHTAKER grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. An astonishing ride!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very disappointing on two levels. For one thing, I have been through a tornado and there is no reasonable way that someone could kill people during one and not get killed or injured themselves. There would not be time for anyone to be pulling teeth either, that part was just silly. Also, the print is large and the margins are wide. Not a good value for your reading dollars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thriller asks, 'What is possible?' Blanchard wants us to stretch our imaginations out of the confines of the familiar. You have to step outside the box and look around. The killer IS the storm. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did like this book somewhat-and read it quickly- however I agree with the other reader who felt it was unrealistic. The 'tooth' part especially!! But, keeping in mind that it really was unlikely any of this could happen- it still was kind of fun to read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book is highly unrealistic. If you have ever seen firsthand the destruction from a tornado you would know that people don't walk around committing murders while one is in progress. Good grief! It may sound 'thrilling' but it's ridiculous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like your thrillers dark and imaginative, this is the book for you. Great writing, emotional characters, challenging ideas. The story moves as fast as an Oklahoma storm. 'The Breathtaker' is both outrageous and brilliant. Blanchard sells it with style and skill. This book is a real discovery for me. I love this writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jacelyn Michard ('Deep End of the Ocean') just selected 'The Breathtaker' as NBC Today Show's Book of the Month. That such a highly-praised literary writer chose 'The Breathtaker' for such an honor speaks to Alice Blanchard's artistry. This is a special, vastly entertaining book. High recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A tooth pulling, tornado chasing, serial killer? Are you kidding me? I couldn't believe I was wasting my time on this book. Has the author ever been in a tornado? Having actually lived through a tornado I can't imagine something so silly as someone making the effort to do the things this wacko was doing in the middle of a natural disaster. I also wish she or her editor would have realized that in Oklahoma, the nightly news is at 10pm not 11pm.