The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish
Very powerful. Very good story with characters that keep your interest. Also very touching spiritually.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She’s ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything.
Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl – a silent girl who’ll only talk to Claire – does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?
Review by Carolyn Richard, Booklist:
After losing everything, teenager Molly Fisk has chosen never to leave the museum she lives in with her mom, the only place she feels safe. Years of blaming herself and fearing for her and her mother’s safety have left Molly anxious, fearful, and unable to embrace life.
Claire Rodriguez, despite her best efforts, has a difficult time moving past the tragedy that changed the landscape of her life. When she meets a young girl, however, she is compelled to reach out, a gesture that begins her healing process. Years later, Claire has lost touch with the girl, and Molly is beginning to feel restless within her small world.
Parrish (Watch over Me, 2009) blends Molly’s and Claire’s stories to create a fast-moving, suspenseful, enrapturing novel about what it means to lose everything and how crucial it is to let others in and learn to depend on God. Fans of Christian fiction with kick and psychological depth will be engaged and touched by Parrish’s exciting third novel.
Review by Margaret Tidwell:
I don’t even know where to start with this review. I fell in love with the characters and the writing in this book from the moment I started reading the book.
I love how the author set up the book and how you are walked through what happened to the little girl and also what happened to Claire. I spent the whole book hoping that things would work out for the both of them and that they both could find the healing that they needed.
The author does a great job of describing what is going on and also she does a even better job with her characters. I was sad to see this book end because I really enjoyed the characters and watching they develop as the story went along.