A Single Breath

A Single Breath
Genre : Fiction
Published : 27 Mar 2014 - HarperCollins
The deeper the water, the darker the secrets

There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing…

When Eva’s husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson’s brother’s doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. As strange details about her husband’s past begin to emerge, memories of the man she married start slipping through her fingers like sand, as everything she ever knew and loved about him is thrown into question. Now she’s no longer sure whether it was Jackson she fell in love with – or someone else entirely…

The truth is, it was all a lie . . .


[A]n intensely emotional story of love, loss and deception... Clarke skillfully envelops readers in a delicate, romantic story tinged with intrigue and set in a breathtakingly exotic locale.

Kirkus Reviews

The plot twists are good—too good to spoil—and there is just enough of Tasmania’s rough<br /> wildness to transport the reader. As in Swimming at Night (2013), Clarke weaves secrets and betrayals and the inner journey of a quiet, appealing Everywoman.


What makes this novel even more intriguing from a reader's point of view is that somewhere along the line it changes from a beautiful and poignant story about love and loss, into a riveting psychological thriller along the likes of Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep - keeping the reader on the edge of their seat for the remainder of the novel.

Zarina de Ruiter, Woman’s World