Alice Blanchard – A Breath After Drowning Review

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Length: 441 Pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release date: April 10, 2018
Synopsis: She’ll need all her wits about her, and then some, to eventually do battle with one of the most memorable genre villains since Hannibal Lecter. – Wall Street Journal

Sixteen years ago, Kate Wolfe’s young sister Savannah was brutally murdered. Forced to live with the guilt of how her own selfishness put Savannah in harm’s way, Kate was at least comforted by the knowledge that the man responsible was on death row. But when she meets a retired detective who is certain that Kate’s sister was only one of many victims of a serial killer, Kate must face the possibility that Savannah’s murderer walks free.

Unearthing disturbing family secrets in her search for the truth, Kate becomes sure that she has discovered the depraved mind responsible for so much death. But as she hunts for a killer, a killer is hunting her…

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

A Breath After Drowning was refreshingly easy to slip into and I couldn’t put it down. I had a great time reading this book. I found Kate to be a truly genuine character. She was smart and written with the right dose of flaws (commitment issues, fear of failure, anxiety, and regret) to give her depth. I found the pages flying by as I was drawn deeper into the mystery of her patient, Maddie, and the link to her sister and mother’s murder. I loved the multiple misdirection’s, while Kate tried to solve the case, adding to the mystery. My only dislike was her boyfriend, James. He came across as over bearing, obnoxious, and a know it all. Luckily, he was a tertiary character.

Link to purchase A Breath After Drowning

Alice Blanchard, biography

Alice Blanchard is the award-winning author of “A Breath After Drowning,” “Darkness Peering” and “The Breathtaker.” She has received a PEN Award, a New Letters Literary Award, a Centrum Artists-in-Residence Fellowship, and a Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.

Her thriller, “The Breathtaker,” was an official selection of NBC’s Today Show Book Club. “Darkness Peering” was a New York Times’ Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Best Mystery. Her work has been published in 17 countries.

In 2019, Minotaur Books at St. Martin’s Press will publish the first of two novels in Alice’s new Natalie Lockhart series, “Trace of Evil,” which follows a female rookie detective investigating the murder of a popular high school teacher that has eerie ties to the murder of a teenage girl 20 years ago. The series will unearth an even darker story involving a history of witch accusation and obsession with black magic deep in the woods of the idyllic suburban community of Burning Lake, New York. Find me at the following links.

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