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Try Not to Breathe


By: David Bell

ISBN: 9780593549964

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 06/27/2023

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR


JUNE 2023 MUST-READ BOOKS

An ex-cop sets out to find her missing sister and discovers the shocking truth about her family...


A traumatic experience in the line of duty forces thirty-year-old Avery Rogers to abandon her relationship and her position as a Kentucky State Police officer. She retreats to a college town where she works an unfulfilling job as a security guard, breaking up fights between drunken frat boys.


But a frantic phone call turns Avery’s life upside down. Her father—a retired cop who never fails to convey his disappointment in Avery—says her half-sister is missing and in danger. Avery is sure Anna’s just crashing with friends, but her father strong-arms her into searching for the sister she barely knows.


Anna Rogers is fed up with her family—a half-sister who resents her existence and a domineering father who thinks it’s okay for cops to shoot unarmed civilians. She hits the road to attend a protest against police brutality, unaware of the danger that awaits her there.


Just after catching a glimpse of Avery at the protest, Anna receives a shocking text. Now she’s no longer road-tripping; she’s running, pursued by an older sister she doesn’t trust and a violent stranger who has been stalking her for weeks.


When Avery discovers Anna’s hiding place near a remote cave system, she risks everything to save her. Little do the sisters know that a secret is catching up to them—a secret at the very heart of their family history.


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Praise for the novels of David Bell


“A terrifically tense thriller...will keep you guessing until the very end.”

—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Survive the Night


“A tale straight out of the psychological thriller territory blazed by the likes of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner.”

—The Providence Journal


“[A] suspenseful, page-turning thriller.”

—HelloGiggles


“A tautly told, heart-pounding read…every character’s a suspect and no one can be trusted.”

—New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica


“A compulsive, twisty, race-against-the-clock thriller...[a] smart and unrelenting page-turner!”

—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger


"Grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Kill All Your Darlings will keep you reading late into the night with a twist you’ll never see coming.”

—Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish


"Sounds like Wonder Boys times Patricia Highsmith. Yes please!"

—Crime Reads


“A dark, twisty journey through the labyrinth of academia. This book has everything—a missing girl, a murder, a book-within-a-book and so much more! One of David Bell’s most unique and engrossing novels.”

—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife


"An exceptionally gripping, lightning-paced, deviously plotted thriller. David Bell is a mad genius. I could not put this book down.”

—Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband


"This compelling thriller about a professor, a student, and a stolen manuscript that closely mirrors a real-life murder will keep readers guessing until the very last page….storytelling at its very best!"

—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten


"Only the diabolical mind of the talented storyteller David Bell could concoct this mind-bendingly twisty thriller! He manages to brilliantly weaponize college, students, teachers, tenure--and even the writing of novels. Smart, audacious and completely original."

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie


“A smart, highly entertaining mystery with red herrings galore and such perfect dialogue, you’ll feel like a fly on the wall...the story will keep you guessing until the very end. Not to be missed!” — Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Never Coming Home





About the Author


David Bell is the USA Today-bestselling author of twelve novels from Berkley/Penguin, including THE FINALISTS, KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS, THE REQUEST, LAYOVER, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL.


His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages, included on several bestseller lists, nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and, in 2013, won the prestigious Prix Polar International de Cognac for best crime novel by an international author. Recently his thirteenth novel, KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS, was nominated for a 2022 Edgar Award.


He is a professor of English at Western Kentucky University where he co-founded the MFA program in creative writing. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he spends his free time rooting for the Reds and Bengals, watching movies, and walking in the cemetery near his house. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with his wife, young adult author M Hendrix. WEBSITE

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