Town that Forgot How to Breath

The Town That Forgot How to Breathe

by Kenneth J. Harvey

I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey.

As I began reading I was really excited by this horror novel, a nightmare story of a man and his daughter haunted by the ghost of the drowned girl next door, and the residents of the tiny Newfoundland town of Bareneed slowly forgetting how to breathe. The author seems to want to blame the modern age, and electricity specifically, for taking the town away from its roots. The Town That Forgot how to Breathe dredges monsters and mermaids from the sea, and follows the doctors and the army trying to figure out what it all means. But at the very end, Harvey wraps the whole thing too quickly. I wanted a longer book. I also felt he left a lot of plot points dangling — who was in the house next door? Why was the doctor suddenly accident prone? Still, most of this book was beautiful and genuinely scary. The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey.

Set in the tiny fishing town of Bareneed in Newfoundland, the author takes the legends of  people who live and work on the sea and makes a novel that is both poetry and flat out horror. Some nice surprises in the writing — the divorced dad is trying to protect his young daughter, he’s the hero, so you aren’t expecting him to also be the villain, if what is going on in his head is really happening. The crazy neighbor lady, the object of his obsession — has her daughter really drowned? She sure shows up a lot. The Town that Forgot How to Breathe is the kind of book where fish are stuffed full of flowers, and show up to swim through your kitchen. It has a sort of abrupt ending, but a long and extremely compelling middle. The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey.

Set in the fishing village of Bareneed in Newfoundland, the author pits old seafaring legends against modern technology.  Joseph Blackwood brings his daughter Robin to Bareneed for a vacation, and finds himself obsessed with the clearly insane woman next door. Robin makes friends with the nice ghost of her daughter, though. The locals are turning away from their old ways and would rather watch TV than fish, and are forgetting how to breathe. What does that have to do with the sudden appearance of sea monsters? In The Town that Forgot How to Breathe, the author raises more questions than he answers, but the writing is so skillful and so scary, I can recommend this book despite what I found to be a rather sudden ending. The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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