The Breathtaker

  • Author: Alice Blanchard
  • Category: Mystery
  • Pages: 410
  • Rating: 3.74
  • Original Title: The Breathtaker
  • Published: April 3rd 2018 by Blue Gown Books
  • Format: EPUB, PDF, MOBI, FB2, TXT, Online
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    Desktop: PC, Mac, Linux
When a tornado slams into Promise, Oklahoma, only three of the town’s terrified residents know that an even more malevolent force has come to torment them—and they won’t live to tell anyone.

The Debris Killer is moving among them.

When Police Chief Charlie Grover finds three mutilated corpses in a ravaged farmhouse, his first thought is that the victims were impaled by flying debris. But his instincts tell him something different.

Enlisting the aid of a tornado-chasing scientist, he steps into a chaotic world of high-tech risk-taking in search of a cunning criminal… one he soon suspects is stalking him—and his vulnerable teenage daughter.


“Nothing could have prepared us for the howling horrors of this gale-force thriller.” - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

For fans of T.R. Ragan, Thomas Harris, C.J. Box, Robert Dugoni, Rachel Caine, Blake Crouch, Jo Nesbo, Melinda Leigh, Teresa Driscoll, and Lee Child.


Chicago Tribune
“Riveting and addictive.”

New York Daily News
“Brilliant… a dark and stormy novel and a particularly thrilling one.”

Daily Express UK

San Jose Mercury News
“Blanchard delivers a knockout blow. She dips us into the odd little world of storm chasers, both the professionals and the hobbyists. It's a terrific thriller that does not insult the intelligent reader and just gets harder to put down as the pages turn."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Fantastic… A tension-filled thriller that will leave readers spinning.”

Independent on Sunday UK
"A brilliant study of violence and grief, powerful as the tornado itself."

Reviewing the Evidence
"This story kept me reading past my bedtime."

Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the bestselling novel “The Deep End of the Ocean”
“A heart-tingling, heart-squeezing mystery… filled with poignancy… eerie and deliciously scary.”

Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Nothing could have prepared us for the howling horrors of this gale-force thriller… Blanchard’s artistry whips up excitement… She writes so well that she rattles the rafters.”

Romantic Times: Top Pick, ****1/2 GOLD
“In a word--wow! Blanchard has outdone herself in this unique and mesmerizing thriller. With both an angry Mother Nature and a deranged serial killer on the loose, THE BREATHTAKER grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. An astonishing ride!”

Publishers Weekly
“Fast-moving shocker... a final terrifying chase that will have readers gasping…”

Audiofile (Audie Award Finalist)
"If you liked the movie Twister, here it is on steroids, with better research."

Mostly Fiction Review
"It's hard for the reader to know what they should fear more...the killer, or the fury of nature."

Library Journal (starred review)
“A breathtaking vortex of a story about love, death, murder and ordinary people living chaotic lives in... tornado alley. Highly recommended.”