29 May 2018


Book Review / A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard

The stunning new psychological thriller from the award-winning author of Darkness Peering and The Breathtaker.

Child psychiatrist Kate Wolfe's world comes crashing down when one of her young patients commits suicide, so when a troubled girl is left at the hospital ward, she doubts her ability to help. But the girl knows things about Kate's past, things she shouldn't know, forcing Kate to face the murky evidence surrounding her own sister's murder sixteen years before, bringing Kate face to face with her deepest fear.

Published:     10th April 2018
Publisher:  Titan Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


There's something about a good psychological thriller that hooks me nearly every time.  In this story we follow Kate who is a child psychologist.  Initially, we see her treating a younger teenager girl who is obviously unhappy.  Although this is not the main story line, I thought it was really interesting and added a lot to the story to see Kate in her 'day to day life', watching how she copied with issues that arose.   When you discover what had happened to her sister, it makes it more surprising that Kate ended up being a child psychologist but equally not surprising at all..  I just wondered how she copied with dealing with what she had to deal given her personal circumstances.

For me, the best part of this story was the element of suspense and the 'who done it' style.  Right from the beginning you know that something happened to Kate's sister in the past but not sure what.  As the story goes on and you discover more and more I was constantly on the look out for the 'baddies' or 'baddy'.

A truly gripping thriller that I could not put down.