Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard

First Line: Kate Wolfe's 3 PM appointment stood in the doorway wearing a jaw-dropping miniskirt, a light blue tee, plaid knee socks and chunky platform heels.

Part of the reason why Kate Wolfe became a child psychiatrist is because of her own childhood: a mother who committed suicide, an emotionally unavailable father, and a younger sister who was brutally murdered when they were children. One of the few comforts Kate had was knowing that the man who killed her sister was on death row.

However, when a retired police detective gets in touch, he tells her that he's certain that Kate's sister was only one of many victims of a serial killer. Now Kate must face the possibility that her sister's killer walks free. In trying to learn the truth, she uncovers long-buried family secrets, but what Kate doesn't seem to realize is that, while she hunts for a killer, a killer is hunting her.

Having read Blanchard's Darkness Peering and The Breathtaker, I knew that I would enjoy her writing style. That certainly hasn't changed; her words flow smoothly and create vivid pictures, and the story moved along quickly. However, I am glad the story moved swiftly because the book suffers from "too much middle" and needed tighter editing. It certainly didn't help that I deduced very early on the identity of the killer, and-- although she has reason to be fragile-- Kate's insecurities wore me down.

On the whole, A Breath After Drowning is a fast-paced enjoyable read with a thought-provoking plot, and I'm glad I read it. Give it a try!

A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard
ISBN: 9781785656408
Titan Books © 2018
Paperback, 441 pages

Psychological Thriller, Standalone
Rating: B
Source: the publisher 


  1. This sounds like a solid read, Cathy. I'm not usually one for 'serial killer' books. But the characters here sound interesting. Glad you liked it.

    1. Blanchard did a very good job in keeping this from being just another serial killer book.

  2. I took a look to see if I know about Darkness Peering - it seemed familiar. Not sure, but I see it's available at my library. I like the sound of this one, but I may wait to see if the library acquires it as well.


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