The Air we breathe
By Christa Parrish

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Molly Fisk is trapped. Trapped inside her house, by fear from the past, a past that she does not want to remember. In hiding, with her mother, she however, is finding herself not satisfied with the life of staying inside the wax museum that she and her mother run for a living.
When her friends come to visit, she is like a normal 17 year old, but when they ask her to go somewhere with them, she balks and finds excuses.
Claire is trapped in another world. It is the world of blame and guilt caused by her mind. She blames herself for a car accident that claimed the lives of her children, including her unborn child. The subsequent divorce, isolation and issues that bound up her heart were one day forgotten somewhat when she met Hanna, a little girl whom refused to speak to anyone except her.

The story is well written with some lack of explanation though too far into the story. I had to fill in a few of the blanks in my own mind, but would have liked a little more details sooner along in the story. (Spoiler Alert) The one thing that was missing was the info on what happened to the consequences of the mother’s crime, even though she had a valid reason for committing it.

I found the story very interesting, winding around heart and mind issues. The fear that can paralyze a person portrayed very well throughout the story.
Even though, I wished the story were told in a different order, I would highly recommend it. It does contain some graphic descriptions of the violent act committed against a little girl and her father as a warning if you are sensitive.

This book was provided by Bethany House for review

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