Breathe and Release

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 inElisabet 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
Breathe and Release 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 es

  • Title: Breathe and Release
  • Author: Katherine Hayton
  • ISBN: 9780473330545
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The author of Breathe and Release is described as a shy reticent genius. They may well be right. I have to admit to not liking this book much when I began it. It is not the easiest read. It is written in a detached terse manner with a certain amount of acerbic wit. But neither could I put it down. It is compelling. Almost addictive. I liken reading it to being a passenger in a car speeding down a winding road in the middle of the night with no headlights. Scary. Exhilarating. There are four main [...]

    2. 3.5 starsI wish to thank Net Galley, Book Buzz and Katherine Hayton for a review copy of Breathe and Release in exchange for an unbiased review.Breathe and Release is an intriguing novel set in New Zealand and written by indie novelist Katherine Hayton. The plot revolves around Elisabet, a woman who awakes in a hospital minus her memory; and Lillian, a woman locked in a dank basement cell and left to die. Elisabet is disappointed by the lack of love coming from the man professing to be her husba [...]

    3. I've read several books this year where the main female character wakes up after an accident and suffers from amnesia. "Breathe and Release" is based on exactly that situation. But the plot that ensues is totally original and unique. There are two storylines running concurrently. Elisabet who is trying to regain her memories after having been released into her husband's care. A husband she was separated from prior to her accident. And then Lillian who is being held captive in an underground cell [...]

    4. Elisabet has driven into a tree and ends up in hospital but when she comes around she cannot remember anything of what happened in her life before the accident.When Elisabet is released from hospital her husband Grahams takes her home and Elisabet finds out that her and her husband were separated before the accident and the home where she is now is not her real home.As bits come back to Elsabet she keeps seeing a girl being kept captive underground in a cellar. A few miles away Lillian is being [...]

    5. This is told in multiple viewpoints. It was really hard for me to connect with this book, it doesn't take a lot to confuse me to try to put all this together took some doing.It has some acerbic wit, direct and sometimes annoying.It distracted me from the story.As yet I have never DFN'D a book so I hopped, skipped and jumped through it reading what I thought were the 'important' bits.Not very professional but hey ho, I wanted it to draw me in as I went.My thanks to Katherine Hayton via Net Galley [...]

    6. Ho-ly Crap!!!! And I thought Stephen King had a twisted mind! Man, this author is good! You know a book was good when immediately upon finishing you do a search for other books by the author.This book was SO suspenseful! d creepy and a little frightening. What a twisty turny sequence of events. Reading it was like going through a maze and not knowing what was around each corner. I could have easily read it all in one sitting if it weren't for annoying little things such as - dinner getting in th [...]

    7. Elisabet just woke with amnesia. Lillian lies hogtied in an underground cell. Kristen lost her house, her friends, and her confidence when her parents separated. Will the secrets hidden in Elisabet's locked memory be enough to set them all free? When I read this my interest was immediately piqued. The story itself runs concurrently between Elisabet and Lillian, with Kristen’s added view point running alongside but to a much lesser degree.The story begins with Elisabet waking up in the hospital [...]

    8. Elisabet wakes up in the hospital with amnesia after a car accident and she struggles to find anything to trigger her memory. Her own husband, Greame, and step=daughter, Kristen, are strangers to her. She does not know her own identity: who her family is, what her occupation is (if any), and where she even lives. It isn't until after she is released from the hospital into the care of her husband that the adventure to find her memories begin. "Now she just had a choice to make. She had the person [...]

    9. 'Breathe and Release' is another version of the "lost memory" thriller. Elisabet wakes up in a hospital, unable to remember anything about her past. But, of course, step by step she - and the reader with her - get to know what happened and caused her memory loss. As a parallel story, the reader learns about Lilian, who is held hostage and starving in a cellar, but desperately fighting to survive. As both plots and characters meet up and unite, I had a feeling I knew where it was finally heading, [...]

    10. Elizabet wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, she doesn't remember her husband or step-daughter. However, in order to be discharged from hospital she needs her husband to provide care. Once home with him her memory is not triggered and Elizabet feels trapped with a man she couldn't possibly have chosen to be with, could she? A very dark thriller with some blindsiding twists. This thriller pulls no punches in terms of pace but it took me a while to get used to Elizabet's pers [...]

    11. Gripping psychological thriller set in New Zealand. Elisabet wakes up in hospital having been badly injured in a car accident and with no memory of events leading up to the crash or of her husband and stepdaughter; meanwhile, in an isolated cellar, Lillian wakes to find herself bound, hooded and alone. As Lillian struggles to survive and Elisabet tries to regain her memory in the face of abuse from her supposedly caring husband, the storylines gradually converge, finally concluding with an unexp [...]

    12. It’s no longer surprising that certain “scenarios” seem to be duplicated in a rush of books - and amnesia and/or dementia causing memory loss is the one that has been showing up a lot recently. BREATHE AND RELEASE is by New Zealand based Katherine Hayton, and in this case, the memory loss is as a result of a car accident, and there’s a complication. Another woman is trapped in an underground hell, unable to escape, barely alive. Readers would be forgiven for assuming that there’s going [...]

    13. 4stars. First time reading a book from this author. Well written . Unlike any other book I've read. Glad I stuck with it. Keeps you guessing but then comes together nicely.

    14. I’m not sure that I actually ‘liked’ this book, but it was a compelling read and certainly kept me guessing right until the end!Elisabet wakes up in hospital following a serious car crash, and her life has changed completely. She has lost her memory and has no recollection of her husband, her step-daughter or her previous life. All she knows is what she is told; that she and her husband are separated and divorcing, but until she has recovered following her accident she will be returning to [...]

    15. *I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing's Members Giveaway program. Brief plot spoilers may follow.*I've read a couple of amnesia-related books, but this one had a level of depth to it that set it apart from the others and I loved it. When Elisabet wakes up with amnesia, she wonders what I assume many amnesiacs wonder at some point, which is whether or not she was a bad person before her accident. The conflict between who she was before and after her accident are explained and explored [...]

    16. I always find it interesting when I read New Zealand authors as they can either fall into two categories - they will either be really boring as they can ramble on or they will be an interesting read and keep my attention. Personally, I have always found it difficult to get into New Zealand authors - so when I saw Katherine Hayton's book I was interested for two reasons - the first she was a New Zealander and the novel was set in Christchurch and the second was that it was a mystery novel. As I w [...]

    17. "Breathe & Release" by Katherine Hayton was published August 31, 2015 so it is already available from your book seller.Elisabet lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and all she knows is her name. She wakes up in terrible pain and is told she was in a horrible car accident and has amnesia. When she is finally released from the hospital she goes home with her husband who she learns she had been separated from before the accident. The care he gives her quickly descends into first uncaring and apa [...]

    18. fallenoverbookreviewsI received this book to give an honest review.This was a really good thriller. I mean I would have never even guessed the way it all went down.I would have liked the author to have labeled the chapters when changing characters so it would have been a bit more easier to follow who was in the light during that time. Other than that it was a decent thriller.Three lives all intertwined by something or someone dark. We go back and forth between Elisabet, Lillian and Kristen's poi [...]

    19. What a nightmare situation to waken up with no memory of who you are or who anyone else is. In hospital, after a car accident, Elisabet is faced with an husband that she just can't seem to like and a stepdaughter that doesn't hide the fact that she hates her. Your heart breaks for her. Totally frustrated and feeling weak, she has no choice but to follow her doctor's advice and return home with her husband Graeme and stepdaughter. Graeme tells her they are separated but he is willing to take care [...]

    20. I rate this a solid 3.5 stars.Thank you to InstaFreebie and the author for this free ebook copy of the novel for joining the author's reader list.This was a surprisingly good read with the added extra of it taking place in New Zealand - Australia's neighbour!It did start out rather slowly with the plot focusing on Elizabet's car accident and subsequent total memory loss, but quickly gained pace as Elizabet started to recover her memories and the tension ratcheted up. After leaving hospital she s [...]

    21. I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. Here is the blurbElisabet wakes 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. Ha [...]

    22. I was given the opportunity to read and review this book by Bostick Communications and NetGalley.Breathe and Release involves parallel story lines about two women imprisoned: one has amnesia and is mentally unable to remember herself and her former life, and the other wakes up locked in a cell in handcuffs. I had some problems with the structure of the book itself, as some of the phrasing is awkward and some of the conversations between the characters seems forced. To be honest, the part that bo [...]

    23. Oh my soul. I've no idea where Ms Hayton gets these ideas from - Graham Masterton might even be taken aback. Elisabet wakes from a coma with total memory loss. She is released into her husband's care but soon things take a nasty turn when she finds that they are on the brink of a divorce. A very nasty divorce too. And then she finds images on a flash drive.d her memory returns.Lillian, meanwhile, is fighting to stay alive in what seems to be an underground cell. She remembers a beautiful woman w [...]

    24. My head is spinning with all these ideas I thought this novel was about. The author completely flipped the script, and now I'm like WTF!! No wonder Elisabet kept acting like she never regained full memory, and why the train wreck was so important. I just couldn't tie up the relevance in most of the scenes playing out on the page. The author really knows to twist up the imagery, and go back and forth between chapters. I wonder how Kristen played into the novel, but wow Elisabet really did have ev [...]

    25. Unexpected!This is one of the most surprising books I've ever read. Our heroine has been injured in an accident and has no memory of her past. Her estranged husband cares for her but becomes horrifyingly abusive. A memory haunts her dreams of a starving woman. What else is in her past. Read one of the best written nail biting stories out there.

    26. Have FunThis is the second book I have read by this author. Well written, however, I have to say that this one left me TOTALLY flabbergasted and unprepared. I will say no more I will, of course, read more.

    27. To think that I even felt sorry for her!Twisted, sick, excellent read. Be prepared to be drawn into a world where nothing is as it seems.I will read this author again.

    28. Elisabet wakes up in a hospital remembering nothing. This gives us a great opening which is not exactly an opening sentence. “Elsabet awoke for the first time one morning…as an adult” (loc 41). Hospital personnel do not want to tell her anything, favoring the natural memory restoration process. A presumed husband, Graeme, shows up with daughter-with-attitude Kristen, but these are limited clues. As chapter one closes, the reader wants to know why the daughter possesses such a bad attitude [...]

    29. "Breathe and Release" by Katherine Hayton was recommended to me by Netgalley.Genre: ThrillerAfter a horrific car crash, Elisabet wakes from a coma with her memory completely erased. Whilst in hospital, she is visited by her husband,Graham and step-daughter, Kristen who are trying to help her piece things together but Elisabet gets the feeling that all is not what it seems with her new family.A few miles away, Lillian is tied up and being held captive underground in a damp, dark cellar with no re [...]

    30. Please read more of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!So many of the elements of this book had great potential, but it just didn’t come together for me. Amnesia, a marriage on the rocks, the mysterious girl in the cellar – it seemed like all the right ingredients for a great psychological thriller, but there was a lack of depth to the storytelling that left me wanting more. I feel like with a lot of editing, I could really enjoy this story, but as it was, I barely made it through to the end, and [...]

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