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Her Last Breath

by (author) Hilary Davidson

Amazon Publishing
Initial publish date
Jul 2021
Psychological, Crime, Domestic
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From the bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice comes a suspenseful thriller about a dead woman who predicted her own murder—and the sister who won’t let the truth be buried.

When her beloved sister Caroline dies suddenly, Deirdre is heartbroken. However, her sorrow turns to bone-chilling confusion when she receives a message Caroline sent days earlier warning that her death would be no accident. Long used to being a pariah to her family, Deirdre covers her tattoos and heads to Manhattan for her sister’s funeral.

The message claimed Caroline’s husband, Theo, killed his first wife and got away with it. Reeling from the news, Deirdre confronts Theo on the way to the cemetery, and he reveals both his temper and his suspicion that Deirdre’s “perfect” sister was having an affair.

Paranoid and armed with just enough information to make her dangerous, Deirdre digs into the disturbing secrets buried with Caroline. But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes that her own life may be at risk…and that there may be more than one killer in the family.

About the author

Hilary Davidson is the bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice and the winner of two Anthony Awards. Her novels include the Lily Moore series—The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises—and the standalone thriller Blood Always Tells. Her widely acclaimed short stories have won numerous awards and have been featured everywhere from Ellery Queen to Thuglit, as well as in her collection The Black Widow Club. A Toronto-born travel journalist who’s lived in New York City since October 2001, Davidson is also the author of eighteen nonfiction books. Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Hilary Davidson


“Readers who enjoy domestic suspense will appreciate Davidson’s surprising spin on family drama.” Library Journal

“Fans of psychological suspense, rejoice! Hilary Davidson delivers again. Her Last Breath is devilishly devious, delightfully scary and edge-of-your-seat thrilling.” —Bookreporter

“With echoes of Daphne Du Maurier, Davidson manages to put the Goth back in Gothic.” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“Another winner for Hilary Davidson…her delicate yet authoritative handling of sensitive topics elevates it beyond escapism.” —John Valeri for Criminal Element

“A black sheep family drama becomes a deliciously paranoid psychological thriller from the always-thrilling Hilary Davidson. Brilliant!” —Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author

“One part thriller, one part domestic suspense, and one part family drama result in a fantastic story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption. Tightly written, compulsively readable, with flawed characters I both rooted for and feared for. I loved this book.” —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

“Hilary Davidson brings her A game in this stand-alone thriller about a woman’s search to find her sister’s killer. With a twisty Agatha Christie plot, complex psychological threads, and deep, dark family secrets, Her Last Breath is a genre-bending page-turner!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Don’t Look for Me

“Before you start Her Last Breath, be sure to take a deep one. Davidson starts her tale at full speed and rarely comes up for air.” —Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author

“Absorbing, complex, and satisfyingly twisty, Her Last Breath is an addictive page-turner. Hilary Davidson knows how to hook readers and keep them hooked.” —Meg Gardiner, author of the UNSUB series


“A blackmail plot produces complications upon complications in a story of sex trafficking, class wars, and stolen identities. [A] satisfying page-turner.” Kirkus Reviews

“Davidson keeps the reader guessing to the satisfying conclusion. Crime fiction fans will welcome this tale of family, secrets, resilience, and revenge.” Publishers Weekly

Don’t Look Down will keep the reader guessing. Davidson has created some truly memorable characters…This is the type of creative finesse that makes a reader keep coming back for more.” —New York Journal of Books

Don’t Look Down, by Hilary Davidson, is a fast-paced, twisty, classic city crime thriller that leaves one fully satisfied.” —Criminal Element

Don’t Look Down, the second novel in a series featuring NYPD police Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza, is a stunning trip through the Big Apple. It’s also a deftly plotted mystery that begins with blackmail and revenge. An excellent book with good characters and a fantastic plot, but what I loved were Davidson’s descriptions of New York.” The Globe and Mail


“Fans of Karin Slaughter, Tana French, and Lisa Gardner will devour this new police procedural, which boasts a strong female detective and an intriguing antagonist. Sheryn will draw in readers, and Davidson’s complex storytelling will keep them wanting more.” Library Journal (starred review)

“A thoughtfully plotted and skillfully characterized procedural mystery…It’s easy to get drawn deeply into the various motives and secrets of each character because it’s so perfectly human for all of us to keep things hidden, even from those we love.” Kirkus Reviews

“[A] taut series launch…Davidson’s ability to maintain the suspense bodes well for future installments.” Publishers Weekly

“The story line veers between alternate points of view…[while] perspectives on the same information provide different results. Writing the novel in this fashion amps up the suspense while also giving the narrative a complex and compelling flair. In addition, Davidson does an admirable job of making a complicated issue such as PTSD relatable. With an unpredictable ending and evidence that this is the start of a series, One Small Sacrifice is a book you should definitely check out.” —Associated Press

“A thriller, of the filled-with-dread-but-I-have-to-finish-it variety.” —New York Journal of Books

One Small Sacrifice is an intense page-turner with twists to the very end.” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (5 stars)

“Davidson’s latest novel is her best work yet. One Small Sacrifice is a fast-paced winner. Highly recommended.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away

“Davidson has crafted a tightly woven mystery. Each thread of the intricate plot draws you toward one surprising revelation after another.” —Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tailspin

“Hilary Davidson’s One Small Sacrifice is both a heart-pounding procedural and a rich, mesmerizing tale of the weight of trauma and the elusive nature of memory. Twisty, absorbing, and deeply humane, it’s a thriller you won’t want to miss.” —Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Give Me Your Hand

“Packed with secrets, lies, and surprises, One Small Sacrifice kept me guessing to the very end. A gritty kaleidoscope of a thriller.” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls

“A taut, compelling narrative with a nerve-tingling climax. Davidson turns clichés of the contemporary novel on their heads to create a wholly believable cast of characters. I hope we’ll see more of Detective Sheryn Sterling.” —Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author of Shell Game

One Small Sacrifice is a terrific thriller with a big heart. A smart, compelling examination of guilt, blame, and responsibility that will keep you turning the pages. Hilary Davidson is a rising star of suspense.” —Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Three Beths

“Hilary Davidson is one of the best crime writers on the planet. This novel is a dazzling work by a master operating at the height of her abilities. Dark, twisty, and psychologically complex, One Small Sacrifice kept me guessing and gasping until the final page. I couldn’t put it down, even though I didn’t want it to end.” —Chris Holm, Anthony Award–winning author of The Killing Kind

One Small Sacrifice hooked me hard. Hilary Davidson has written a riveting and beautifully layered thriller that satisfies on every level. The characters surprise, the plot twists, and the pages turn themselves.” —Lou Berney, Edgar Award–winning author of November Road

“I tore through this book! Hilary Davidson is at the top of her game with this masterful and twisty new novel that’s jam-packed with suspense. Filled with wonderfully diverse characters, breakneck pacing, and surprises at every turn, this modern mystery will thrill even the most old-school crime fiction lovers. This book satisfied me on so many levels.” —Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts

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