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by Alice Blanchard

  • Author: Alice Blanchard
  • ISBN: 044661274X
  • ISBN13: 978-0446612746
  • ePub: 1491 kb | FB2: 1513 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 1, 2004)
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 627
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The Breathtaker ePub download

Also by Alice Blanchard. The Stuntman’s Daughter: Stories.

Also by Alice Blanchard. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

Alice Blanchard is an American author who won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her book of stories, The Stuntman’s Daughter. Her first novel, Darkness Peering, was named one of the New York Times’ Notable Books, a Barnes & Noble Best Mystery, and a Book Sense Pick. Her thriller, The Breathtaker, was an official selection of the NBC Today Book Club. Alice has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, a New Letters Literary Award, and a Centrum Artists in Residence Fellowship.

He had medium-length brown hair, big knotty joints and a slightly manic look in his eyes. He sat on a plastic-covered couch while the setting sun streamed in through the old-fashioned windowpanes. There was a framed moonscape on the wall behind him, and Charlie noticed that his hands shook as he hand-rolled himself another cigarette. Thanks for agreeing to talk to us, Charlie said. Out in the driveway sat a gleaming white van polished so spick-and-span.

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Alice Blanchard grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied creative . The Breathtaker' by Alice Blanchard is so well written that I'm not sure whether I enjoyed the plot, the charachters or the descriptions of the town and the storms most.

Alice Blanchard grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied creative writing and filmmaking. In 1995, she won the prestigious Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her collection of short stories, The Stuntman's Daughter. Together they create one of the most original mysteries I've read in many years.

Alice Blanchard is the award-winning author of Darkness Peering, A Breath After Drowning, and The Breathtaker. Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of Alice Blanchard's books. She has received a PEN Award, a New.

Another whirlwind level 5 performance. Can't wait to see the movie.

A mammoth twister tears through the sleepy town of Promise, Oklahoma, and leaves behind three mutilated bodies in a ravaged farmhouse. Ms. Blanchard takes suspense to a level unseen in years. Another whirlwind level 5 performance.

Storywriter and second-novelist Blanchard (Darkness Peering, 1999) offers an intriguing cast and some good action scenes, but try as she will, she just can't make a print-bound storm powerful enough to blow readers away. Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 2003.

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A mammoth twister tears through the sleepy town of Promise, Oklahoma, and leaves behind three mutilated bodies in a ravaged farmhouse. Police Chief Charlie Grover believes the victims were impaled by flying debris...until gruesome evidence comes to light, proving that they were brutally murdered. How could the killer predict exactly when and where a tornado would strike and use it to cover his tracks? With the aid of a tornado-chasing scientist, Charlie delves into a high-tech, high-risk search for a cunning criminal-one who may be stalking Charlie and his own daughter. For this is a predator unlike any other: one who conspires with the ferocious power of nature to commit and conceal unspeakable crimes.
Qumenalu
Having survived two tornados converting over my home, I know what they can do. Just got
Down in the basement! Turned the couch over, got the boys under then we crawled under
With them and our dog. This book tells you of the horrors and damage that can occur.
Kudos for this author.
Welen
Chasing tornadoes is a daring adrenaline-charged sport for many. While some would not want to be anywhere near such terrifyingly weather phenomena, for others it is hugely stimulating. Hail damage incurred to vehicles is a minor bi-product, as far as they are concerned. Vans are equipped with the latest technology to persue tornadoes right near to the thin funnel spiralling up from the ground, having flung cars, people, animals, debris, houses or barns for miles. Why anyone would choose to live in such fear-inducing circumstances is a complete mystery! Perhaps growing up there leads to acceptance and resiliance.This story is centred in this dusty dramatic area, but while drawing readers into the drama of these weather-induced gambles with their livelihoods, it cleverly embraces the widowed Chief of Police's budding romance with one such crazy storm-chaser, his innocent, grieving, lonely but rebellious teenage daughter, and a sociopath, predictably abused in childhood, who uses such desperate times to enter homes of strangers to rob them, to terrify, torture, kill and mutilate them. His father trained him well. The sick hard-to-believe slant on this one involves removing a tooth of each victim and replacing it with another one. This becomes the "tell" for those who document evidence of each horrific murder and staged presentation of the corpses. It borders on a grisly sick fascination with the macabre. Several sentences were contrived, such as, "a stranger’s hiccup reminding you of your baby sister’s laughter—and the bounce would leak right out of your step again." I found they diminished the novel, putting it into a cheap thrill category. However it was also an exciting read, my reservations aside.
Hap
Enjoyed this harrowing murder mystery. It amazes me the capacity for human brutality and this book portrays this in chilling detail . The characters are well defined and realistic.
Gosar
Couldn't put it DOWN! So many twist and turns your heart pounds and your minds screams for more!! Fabulous!! Worth your time to read!!!
Ranterl
Way too much details about tornadoes and scenery. Had to skim a lot!
Samugor
'The Breathtaker' by Alice Blanchard is so well written that I'm not sure whether I enjoyed the plot, the charachters or the descriptions of the town and the storms most. Together they create one of the most original mysteries I've read in many years.
Charlie Grover, recently widowed police chief in a small midwest town, is the victim of a childhood fire that left him scarred both physically and psychologically. He is doing his best to help his feisty teenage daughter after the recent death of his wife from cancer but his long hours at work are taking their toll on their relationship. When a devastating tornado sweeps through the town Charlie discovers that three murders have been committed under cover of the tornado. Additional research convinces Charlie that there are previous murders that have been committed by this dangerously derranged killer. He seeks the help of Willa Bellman, a tornado researcher and part of a group of local storm chasers, to whom he has had an attraction in the past. Together they must find the culprit before the next tornado hits and he finds his next victims.
This story succeds on many levels. It is informative, beautifully written, exciting and suspenseful. Along with 'Darkness Peering' it puts Blanchard at the top of my list of favorite mystery writers.
Topmen
This is not my normal type of genre to read but it seemed to pull me in from the description alone. I would highly recommend this book! Amazingly descriptive and intense!
I waited to buy this book for about a year because of the price. I finally found a used copy.

One of the things I liked was that Charlie wasn't the "devastating super hero" that are in so many books. He was older, not particularly good looking and his hair was thinning. He was physically and emotionally scarred. He wasn't an overly brave guy yet was willing to find incredible courage when it came to protecting his loved ones.

He had a tragic life; an abusive dad, losing his mom and sister in a devastating fire, the death of his wife from cancer.

The main priority in his life was his teenage daughter, who was a bit of a brat and didn't have a lot of common sense.

Granted the plot was a pretty far stretch but this is still a book worth the read.
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