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. A murder for which a man is about to be executed. Unearthing secrets about her own family, and forced to face both her difficult relationship with her distant father and the possibility that her mother might also have met a violent end, the shocking final twist brings Kate face to face with her deepest fear.
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About the Author
Alice Blanchard won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her book of stories, The Stuntman's Daughter. Her first novel, Darkness Peering was named one of the New York Times Book Review's Notable Books. Her second novel, The Breathtaker was an official selection of the NBC Today Book Club. Alice has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, a New Letters Literary Award and a Centrum Artists in Residence Fellowship.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was surprised that there were no reviews. I had no idea who the killer was and usually I can figure it out half way through the book. I was never bored and literally stayed up half the night to finish. You won't be disappointed.
Kate works as a psychiatrist. She knows what the people she treats are going through. Kate's mother committed suicide and her sister Savannah was murdered. Kate feels guilty because she didn't protect Savannah when her sister needed her the most. A man was convicted for the murder and he's about to be sentenced to death. However, not everyone is convinced Savannah's real killer was put behind bars. Kate is being contacted by a retired detective who thinks Savannah was the victim of a serial killer. Is this true? If Savannah's killer was never arrested he's still out there. That means Kate's safety is at risk. She has to find out who she can trust and which information is correct to make a decision about getting involved in the case or not. Savannah's murder happened sixteen years ago and knowing the killer might still be active makes Kate incredibly nervous, but also determined to uncover the truth. This leads her to a series of family secrets she never knew anything about. Will she be able to find out what really happened to her sister before it's too late? A Breath After Drowning is a gripping story. Kate is a fascinating main character. She knows a lot about the human mind. She's compassionate, loving and kind and her patients trust her unconditionally. When her private life starts to influence her work Kate has no choice but to start looking for the truth. Her family had plenty to hide and finding out more about the past kept me on the edge of my seat. I was intrigued from beginning to end and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. Alice Blanchard knows how to divide tension. A Breath After Drowning is well written and filled with chilling suspense. It's a dark story with many awful deaths, but there's also hope. Kate is a ray of sunshine in a black world filled with abuse, hatred and jealousy. I was captivated by every single page of her creepy search and was anxious to find out if she'd survive. A Breath After Drowning is a great compelling, sinister and shocking story.