Sunday, February 27, 2022

Dear Great Book Guru, This past weekend, at breakfast with friends, we all agreed we were looking for a good suspenseful book that we could read in a day and then get back together to discuss.  Any recommendation?  Breakfast Banterers

Dear Breakfast Banterers, I was back and forth to Brooklyn on the LIRR this weekend and read just the book you are looking for: MOUTH TO MOUTH by Antoine Wilson.  This short novel (192 pages) opens in a JFK airport ticket booth as our narrator learns his flight has been delayed.   Over the loudspeaker he hears the name Jeff Wood being called. A Jeff Wood had been a casual acquaintance twenty years before at UCLA but what were the chances it was the same person? So begins a mystery thriller where chance plays a pivotal role. Jeff invites our narrator to join him in the first-class lounge where he tells him a story that he has supposedly never shared with anyone. Years before - shortly after graduation - Jeff was housesitting near the ocean when he saw a man drowning. After bringing him to shore and giving him CPR, the man began breathing on his own. Afterwards, Jeff became obsessed with finding out more about this man he had saved and - more importantly - was he worthy of having been saved.  He learns he is a very wealthy art collector and soon stealthy infiltrates his life. Throughout, the reliability of both the narrator and Jeff is in doubt with the truth constantly shifting until the final terrifying sentence. Highly recommended!  


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