Out of Breath
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Out of Breath


On a drizzly October night in the coastal town of Santa Cruz, California, seventeen-month-old Nevaeh drowns. Her mother, Alyssa Buchanan, is wild with rage and regret for placing her trust in her husband Seth, a former pro surfer who has a drug problem. Seth is adamant that he was clean the night of Nevaeh’s
death, yet a dirty drug test contradicts his story. His parental rights ripped and criminal charges looming, he battles to prove his innocence, love, and family devotion. Adding to the couple’s grief, their five-year-old daughter Daisy hasn’t uttered a word since her sister’s death. Alyssa turns to childhood friends and local police officer, Greg Wallace, for comfort and support. Although Greg portrays heroic devotion and justice, inwardly he swims with loss, narcissism, and explosive rage. He has long despised Seth and is more than willing
to meet Alyssa’s needs that reach far beyond friendship.Into this fragile scene steps therapist Katherine Middlebrook. Her practice consumes nearly all her time–time that is even more precious now that her mother’s cancer has returned. She hesitantly accepts three new clients­–Greg Wallace, and Seth & Alyssa Buchanan, unaware of
their intertwined history. Buried deep in Katherine’s past is the loss of her own child. She’s sure she can keep the boundaries of her past and her clients’ lives clear until their intersecting tragedies awaken old demons.

An award winner in the South West Writer’s Contest for literary and mainstream novel, Out of Breath is an exploration of parental grief, addiction, compassion fatigue, and suicide; it’s the prodigal story of grace undeserved. Salluce’s expertise as a psychotherapist and grief specialist enables her to create dynamic characters that will leave you breathless as you jeer their shadow sides and cheer their heroic journeys.

Title:Out of Breath
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:252 pages

    Out of Breath Reviews

  • Anne OK
    Mar 05, 2012

    I can't even imagine losing a child - there just can't be anything worse for a parent. This book literally took my breath away. It was a difficult book to read. I cried and felt conflict and anger. I ...

  • Lydia
    Sep 17, 2012

    This book had me from page one. The author's literary way of making the simplest sentence stand up and shout was enjoyable and left me wanting more, despite the tragic plot. The book is about a young,...

  • Babette
    Jul 20, 2013

    I couldn't put this book down!...

  • Frederick Brooke
    Sep 10, 2012

    This is the story of a couple who lose a young child in a tragic accident. It’s a heavy topic, and as the father of three children I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. But once I started, I couldn...

  • Justine
    May 21, 2012

    Sometimes when I read a book with less-than-stellar writing, I can get past it-- usually because I love the characters, the plot is intriguing, creative premise, etc etc. With this book, however, my p...

  • Jenn
    Jan 21, 2016

    I loved this book! Seth, Alyssa and their 2 young girls seem like a perfect family except for one thing - Seth's marijuana habit. Suddenly their world is shattered when their youngest daughter, Nevaeh...

  • Marie
    Jun 22, 2012

    Susan Salluce, author of "Out of Breath" has written a deeply moving story of a couple who loses their 1 1/2 year old daughter to drowning. Nevaeh's death a marriage with Seth drinking and drugging ...

  • Judi Meadows
    Dec 01, 2011

    Susan Salluce's Out of Breath is written with true to life raw emotion that will hold you captive to the end. Her multifaceted characters draw you in. Both Seth and Alyssa brought baggage into their m...

  • Tracy Heater
    Aug 03, 2012

    This book didn't make me cry and it's probably because I'd how Justine put it, it was written by a counsellor from a counsellor's perspective. I don't think that this really impacted the story since t...

  • Lesley
    May 24, 2012

    Okay so 25% into this! I like how the story tells all involves point of view. I think this author must be a therapist though. Writes like she knows what she talking about and not just got some backgro...