Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Review: Breathing in Reverse by Densie Webb

 Genre: Women’s Fiction/Thriller


“A chance encounter with a celebrity, an impromptu video, and a shiny new espresso machine all added up to a juicy tale for Rachael Allen to share with friends. But when her best friend posts the video online without her knowledge, Rachael begins receiving bizarre threats from an obsessed fan.

Mick Sullivan, the star in her video, offers to help. Despite his fame and reputation as a player, he tries to stay down to earth. However, Mick has secrets. And there’s one he’s hidden even from himself.

Despite wildly divergent life paths, Rachael and Mick’s shared Southern upbringing and passion for good music create a common thread that draws them together. As their relationship deepens and the threats increase, Rachael is forced to decide if being with Mick Sullivan is worth the collateral damage.

Breathing in Reverse is the story of Rachael's serendipitous encounter with a celebrity, her brush with obsessive love, and the bittersweet gift left behind by the very person fixated on destroying her life.”


A longtime freelance nonfiction writer and editor, Densie (who wants you to know that is spelled correctly, not a misspelling of Denise) was born in Louisiana, lived for several years in New York, and is now based in Austin, Texas. This is her third novel.


Nailing down what genre to use to describe this book is interesting. One online book store has it classified as a thriller of some kind. That fits in that Rachael, the protagonist of the story, has some experiences that are like what you’d expect to see in a thriller. Call it at least a mild thriller. The tension caused by these experiences is a driver of the story, keeping the reader involved and just a bit on edge. In her biography the author describes the story as women’s fiction, and that fits as well. Regardless of what genre best describes it, I thought it was a fun and engrossing read.

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Some adult language and mild adult situations.

Format/Typo Issues:

Review is based on an ARC (advanced review copy) so I can’t gauge the final product in this area.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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