A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard

I picked this novel up on the slippery slope of a reading slump, but this novel halted that slide and was an absolute beauty of a thriller. Lately, I have not been reading many mystery thrillers and I feel that this allows me to enjoy this one even that bit more. It was unique, and dark, full of twists and turns; just as I thought I had worked out the ending, a final twist was thrown at me that completely flipped everything I thought I knew.Firstly, I would like to thank Titan Books for sending me an early copy of this novel for review; it means so much to be given these opportunities.

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.

One of my favourite aspects of this novel was the representation of mental health; that of both the patients in Kate’s work, as well as that of her own. Although not specified of any mental health conditions, I found it very interesting watching the changes to her mental state throughout the progression of events. I feel that all aspects of mental health were dealt with brilliantly, sympathetically, and added a whole new depth to the story.

This novel was just so good at keeping you on your toes from start to finish. I always find myself trying to work out the endings for thrillers and this was no different; but where it stood out from other thriller novels for me, was the way it had me guessing till literally the last 50 pages. I was certain I had guessed it and worked it out, was almost so sure that I didn’t need to finish it, but turns out I was so wrong.

Reviewing a Breath After Drowning has been a tough one for me, as it is just a fabulous, heart pounding, edge of your seat thriller. Personally, I always struggle to turn my thoughts on these sort of novels into enough words to form a review. I would highly recommend any thriller fans out there to give this one a try!

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