Hold Your Breath

Hold Your Breath by B P Walter Book Summary

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…

‘Exceptional’ A.J. Finn
‘A smart thriller’ Gillian McAllister
‘Creepy, absorbing and unnerving’ T.M. Logan

Kitty Marchland has always known that her family aren’t like others. But when her father uproots them to a remote cottage in the woods, she realises that her parents are keeping secrets from her – secrets that could unravel everything.
Years later, Kitty starts to question what really happened out in the forest. When the police revisit a suspicious death, she must examine her most painful memories – and this time, there’s nowhere to hide…
A gripping and suspenseful thriller that will captivate you from first to last page. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and The Widow’s Cabin by L.G. Davis.



‘To open B P Walter’s exceptional new thriller is to step through a cellar door: the air cools, your vision dims… and just a few steps later, you’re tiptoeing across the floor, desperate to switch on a torch — yet frightened of what the light might reveal. Attention, readers of Lucy Foley and Lisa Gardner: Hold Your Breath is your next favourite read’ A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

‘Creepy, absorbing and thoroughly unnerving’ T.M. Logan, author of The Holiday

‘A smart thriller with a difference’ Gillian McAllister

‘I was gripped by this harrowing and disturbing novel. Beautifully written’ Emma Curtis

‘Wonderfully creepy’ Fiona Cummins


‘Devilishly well-plotted, crisply written – and a hell of a lot of fun. What a smashing debut!’ A.J. Finn

‘Beguiling, surprising and sometimes shocking. Cleverly crafted with characters who stay with you. A highly-polished debut’ Jane Corry

‘Day one of my holiday lost to B P Walter and his intriguing thriller A Version of the Truth. If you like Peter Swanson, this will be right up your dark, twisted alley’ John Marrs

‘A Version of the Truth is engaging and sinister in places. Walter has created wonderfully authentic characters, and the writing is superb. Highly recommended’ Elisabeth Carpenter

‘Walter's debut is an assured piece of world-building, with characters both flawed and real, and a crescendo that sweeps you up then crashes you down. Unpredictable, clever and subtly twisted. Loved it’ Helen Fields

‘A dark and sometimes disturbing debut; a compelling story with credible characters. Walter emerges as a powerful new voice in the world of thriller writing’ Diane Jeffrey

About the author

B P Walter works as a social media co-ordinator for Waterstones, based at their HQ in Piccadilly. His first novel, A Version of the Truth, is out now. Hold Your Breath is his second book.

Hold Your Breath by B P Walter Book Reviews

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- Hold Your Breath5 star

I felt I was following along pretty well. Kitty seemed to not just think her thoughts but voice them without regard to the consequences. Which she experienced often. Weird family setting. I couldn’t tell when her mother started her bizarre behaviors. Did something precipitate it or what. Kitty’s father was taken advantage of by unscrupulous people. But he seemed to want to keep the mom from embarrassing him more than he really wanted to help her. The family suffered but Kitty seemed to have been left with the mess of it all. I liked the ending.

- Haunting (in a good way)5 star

We meet Katherine in 2020, and hear Kitty’s (younger Katherine) story from 1987 simultaneously. Now a best-selling author based on Kitty’s 1987 version of events Katherine is called to the police station to help discover what separates fact from fiction at the cabin in the woods all those years ago? Kitty and her parents travel to a remote location so that her father can finally “help” her mentally-ill mother. Tales of abuse, affairs and exorcism follow taking the lives of her friend Adha and eventually her mother in the years to come. Is anyone really innocent or did they all have a role to play? Walter wraps up the facts leaving it up to the reader to decide how much blame can be placed on who. There’s a wonderful Easter egg at the end that left me more satisfied than not.

- Hold Your Breath5 star

Great story.... great job!!!!

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Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. (d/b/a Walter P Moore) is an international company providing structural engineering, diagnostics, civil engineering, traffic engineering, parking consulting, transportation engineering, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) engineering, and water resources engineering services. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, United States, the firm employs more than 600 professionals and operates 20 U.S. and five international offices. History In 1931, just as America's Great Depression entered its worst years, Walter P. Moore, Sr. started his own company by selling a Stutz Bearcat he had received in lieu of employment wages. The firm's earliest projects consist...

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