Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to make sense of what happened – one minute he was there, the next he was gone. Eddie’s body was never found and her parents and older brother refuse to talk about it. Fed up with school and disintegrating family relationships at home, Elsie escapes to her secret hiding place – an unused boathouse – where she can eat as many Mars bars as she wants and listen to the rain. There she meets seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie – cool, mysterious and addicted to freediving. When Tay introduces Elsie to the underwater world, she wonders if the answers she seeks are at the bottom of the sea, and she’s determined to discover the truth.
“THE ART OF NOT BREATHING depicts a desperate family on the brink and the terrifying secrets that have ripped them apart. Every plot twist is electrifying, every flashback is achingly raw and every bit of buried, angry blame is brought to the surface. But really this is Elsie’s story – a young girl rocked by a family tragedy but still brutally honest and funny on first loves and the struggles of being a teenage outsider.”
PRAISE FOR THE ART OF NOT BREATHING
“Narrated in a crisp, unvarnished voice, Elsie’s frightening and alluring tale shows that even while in the depths one can reach for light. In a breathtaking setting, this is a fresh and vivid take on the long-term effects of a child’s death on a family.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Intense, compelling and beautifully observed, this novel opens a window into secret worlds and portrays a family dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy. A dark page turner which will leave you haunted and moved.” – Julia Bell, author of The Dark light and Massive