Hold Your Breath

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A fantastic thriller which had me holding my breath as the pages turned.

Told in dual timelines from the POV of Kitty, I was pulled into the book from the beginning as she tried making sense of why her parents shifted to an isolated cottage in 1987.

My first book by this author, I was overtaken by the creepy atmosphere when sinister things started happening. The author's writing made my fear come to the forefront. The plot was intriguing, the clues were hidden well in the prose. And the ending was quite unexpected.

Quite a twisted mind the author had ...
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Rather a strange topic......the main character's mother is possessed by evil. Don't let that put you off it's not supernatural hocus pocus.
Story flows well explaining the strange goings on in the woods. Little twist at the end.
Rather enjoyed it
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When I first started reading Hold Your Breath by B P Walter I wasn’t sure if this book was really for me. Then suddenly I was 25% through, then half way. I became drawn in and couldn’t put it down. It’s set between the present day and events that happened in 1987 and that premise works really well. It’s billed as a gripping and suspenseful thriller and it certainly lived up to that. Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and the author for the chance to review.
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As I started reading this book I really did not know what I was expecting. At first I was intrigued, but the more I read the more I was hooked. A dark creepy thriller which had me sat on the edge of my seat. What are Kitty's parents hiding? Why did they have to move? All in all a really good thriller which I found very hard to put down. For me it felt unfinished as I wanted to know what happened  next????
Thanks to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for the ARC.
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Hold your breath by B.P. Walter.
A brilliant read.  I have mixed emotions while reading this book.  I loved the ending though.  5*.
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Hold Your Breath by B.P. Walter is told from the unique first person perspective of a ten year old girl and, as such, is compulsively readable.  I was immediately drawn into Kitty's world, and found her voice to ring true and unfiltered.  The truth behind the voice is eventually challenged, however, but whatever you believe of her story, the character of Kitty Marchland is one you will not soon forget.

When Kitty Marchland is ten years old, in 1987, her father uproots the family to take up residence in an isolated cottage in the woods.  Kitty struggles to make sense of this new reality, and is further unsettled when an unknown man and woman arrive to help her father 'cure' her mother's mental illness.  Kitty is left to her own devices, and a sinister plot begins to unfold, both within the cabin, and also in the deep, dark woods.  Fast forward to 2020, and Kitty has written a book detailing her experiences in 1987 and beyond, but just how much of her story is rooted in the truth?

This is a novel that was a very pleasant surprise.  The alternating timelines each held my interest throughout, and the voice of Kitty Marchland as sole narrator of events really inserted me into the story as a whole.  I will definitely be adding this author to my TBR.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for this ARC.
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This book was so much different from what I expected, but in a good way. A fast paced, gripping read from start to finish. 

I found myself hooked from the very first chapter. The book carried this fantastic, creepy vibe to it. The thought of living out in the woods was scary and even more so when certain events happened. 

I loved the time switches and reading about the events that happened in the past and present. I enjoyed watching how they interlocked together and how the past led to the events of the present. The plot was so intriguing, and I loved how the author peppered information throughout the novel instead of us finding out everything all at once. I loved that nothing much was given away in the present chapters, and we got to find out everything in the past. 

I got the feeling Kitty was an unreliable narrator but not until closer to the end. It made the ending better - because all this stuff came out and shocked me, and it got me thinking what else was an embellishment of the truth. 

The ending was so twisty, and I loved it. It was interesting to see how everything wrapped back around and tied up. It left me thinking about what happened next to Kitty and what came from everything. It gave me a dose of intrigue whilst also tying up the most important questions.
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BP Walter is fast rising to be a great psychological thriller writer. This book is incredible and fast paced and suspenseful. Perfect read xxx
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Kitty Marchland has always known that her family aren’t like others. But when her father uproots them to a remote cottage in the woods, she realises that her parents are keeping secrets from her – secrets that could unravel everything.
Years later, Kitty starts to question what really happened out in the forest. When the police revisit a suspicious death, she must examine her most painful memories – and this time, there’s nowhere to hide…

 The story jumps between 2020, 2018 and 1987, and it is told from Kitty's point of view, Kitty witnesses a lot in the short time she spent in the cottage in the woods, things a 10 year. old should not have to witness.
I struggled with this book as there is no real mystery to this story and the ending was very blah.\
Thank you to Net galley for an advanced copy for an honest review.
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First I would like to thank NetGalley and also to the author B P Walter aswell as the publishers for allowing me to read this book first before release.

Due to be released 16 April 2020.

The mystery/thriller section isn’t usually my go-to option for books I tend not to read many of them because I start over analysing things and get to worked up in a book. I decided to give this one a go. I’m glad I did because it was thrilling to say the least!

The cover shows a silhouette of a girl standing by water as shadows embark around her reflecting through the water there is a short description on the top of the book which states they past stays buried for a reason’ it’s definitely what you want to read if your wanting to grab an interesting book! The description on the cover and the picture is definitely what made me want to read this book!

The description of the book shows everything you want to hear in a mystery, Kitty Marchlands parents are keeping secrets from her after uprooting the family to a remote cottage in the woods the secrets they are hiding could unravel everything. Years pass and Kitty begins to question what really happened out in the forest and so we start a journey of the memories that we cannot hide from. Like I said these are not my go to books but due to NetGalley I decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did! The character Kitty was fantastic!! 

The book is a re-reader definitely because the story was so exciting to read. The sorting of the author was good and well spoken and kept the undertone of scariness in the book very well. The plot thickens and it was easy to get into and carry on reading it was such a refreshing read.

10/10 read from me and definitely would recommend!!
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Thank you to Netgalley for the preview of this fantastic book.  It was exciting gripping & exciting to read.  The book grabbed by attention from  page one & kept me entertained during lockdown as a result of the Corona virus! I enjoyed the time hopping in this book & the characters were likeable.  A really great read
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Hold Your Breath by B P Walter is the first book that I have read by this author. Katherine Marshland has had a novel published. She says it is a fictionalized version of her life. But what is truth and what is fiction?  As a child, she knows her mother has changed and is not well. In fact, she suffers from some type of mental illness. When her father temporarily moves them from their home to a cottage in the middle of the woods, he attempts to cure his wife without having to institutionalize her. 

The book jumps back and forth in time from 2020 to 2018 to 1987. I found this broke up the flow of the book for me. However, the characters were quite compelling and definitely had flaws and virtues. The plot twists were interesting, but what is reality? The pace is more of a slow burn. I’m still not 100 percent sure of everything that occurred in 1987. 

The ending felt very odd to me and is somewhat inconclusive.  However, the book is very different and this will appeal to many readers. It does have several strong themes running through it including violent assault, mental illness, suicide and other themes that would be spoilers.

Overall, I am glad I read this novel. It is dark and disturbing and has some unusual twists. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then I recommend that you check it out.

Thanks to Avon Books UK and B P Walter for a complimentary ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
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A brilliant disturbing read that will keep you up way past your bedtime !! I can not wait to read more by this author !! Tense and dark and beautifully written !! A must read !!
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I’m torn about this one. 

It starts off great, good writing, characters and creepy suspense aplenty. The flipping of chapters between past and present are handled well. 

Kitty was an odd character, very mature in some ways and then quite young in others. Her retelling of her time in the woods is a combination of fairy tale and horror story. 

I think the twist somewhat negated much of the insanity that preceded it. Perhaps that was the intent, to bring us back to reality? Still there was too much water under the bridge to fully get me back on board. Then the final meet up in the woods - why? Is this a happily ever after moment we’re getting? 

It was quite different and well written. I was entertained up until the big reveal but I think some readers will be satisfied with it.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Avon Books UK for a copy in exchange for a review.
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I absolutely loved this creepy story, have not read one like this for a long time.
Kitty lives with her parents she knows they are different from most parents.
One day her father told her to pack all her things and told her they were going away for a little while.
They packed up and went to live In a cottage in the woods.
That is when the story got really good as her mother was a mess, and people came to see what they could do for her.
Thanks for letting me read this great story, can I have more creepy stories to read.
Loved it.
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Big thank you to @netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this ARC.

Wow. This book was not what I expected or like any other Thriller I've actually read! It was dark but I have to say it wasn't dark throughout. It goes back from 1987 to now... With Katherine's character present and to her 10 year old self. In 1987, her father took her and her mother to live in the woods miles away from their home to get Katherine's mother 'help'. Back to present and she's being interviewed by police regarding a murder all those years ago..

I've never been scared by a book so far.. Until now. I'm not sure, the whole 'paranormal' side of it was crazy and although I do watch things like that etc, my imagination was soo vivid following the words in the book. The story being told by 10 year old Katherine 'Kitty' made it that extra bit better, because as an adult, it was quite obvious her mum had ongoing mental health issues, but as a 10 year old she couldn't understand why her mum wasn't the same anymore.

The darkness didn't carry on through to the ending.. The twist actually shocked me. The last few chapters when everything pieces together kinda made it a lot less scary! But then the very last chapter with the 'man' I absolutely LOVED.

This is my first novel by B P Walter and I will definitely be looking for more!! 😍
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This is by far the best book I have read so far this year, a haunting thriller that leaves the reader in suspense for the duration of the novel. The story flips back and forth from 2020 to 1987, when Kitty, a ten year old girl, is taken to a remote cabin in the woods, where a strange man and woman work with her father to try to heal her mother's mental illness. The method of treatment involves disturbing exorcisms that leave Kitty questioning her father's motives and her safety within the cabin. Kitty is forced to spend the hours during her mother's treatments roaming the forest where she is befriended by Adah and Levi, who also become entwined in the sick treatments that her mother is enduring. As an adult in 2020, Katherine publishes a "based on truth" fiction novel detailing the events of her childhood in those woods, as a method of therapy and revenge for the pain her father inflicted upon her...the problem is that the truth behind the events that happened in the woods all those years ago could have dire consequences for Katherine. I love this book and can't wait to read more by B P Walter!
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The thriller was creepy and incredible. It kept me wanting more. I could not put it down. Perfect edge of your seat thriller.
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B P Walter is one of my favourite authors. 

I honestly loved the book, A Version of The Truth and was so happy to receive his new novel. 

It did not disappoint.

This story is told from the perspective of Kitty, a 10 year old girl, who knows something just isnt right with her family!

The book had me engrossed right from the first page. 

It was an exciting read and the ending rounded the book up nicely.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

This book was like a 3.5 for me. I liked the dark overtones, of it, and wish it would have stayed as dark as it was throughout, but the ending just felt like fluff. 

Kitty is 10 years old in 1987when she and her parents go on an odd "vacation" in the woods. While there, strange things keep happening as her dad and two of his friends try to help her mother overcome her demons. Told in varying perspectives of Kitty at ten and Kitty as an adult, the narrative is chilling and strong...until it isn't. It seems as though the author was afraid to let the story stay truly dark...as in possession, evil, and exorcism dark, and therefore lightened it up a bit. It's still not a joyride in the park, but the ending just ruined the rest of the book for me.
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