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A Breath After Drowning

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  964 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Titan Books
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Alice Blanchard I just saw this today, Paula - thank you so much! I love hearing feedback, which I always learn from. I'd be thrilled if you'd write up this review on…moreI just saw this today, Paula - thank you so much! I love hearing feedback, which I always learn from. I'd be thrilled if you'd write up this review on Amazon, if that's possible... it would make my day! I hope you enjoy my next book, which I'm working on now. All the best, Alice(less)
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Truth, welcomed or not, eventually makes its way to the surface.......

Dr. Kate Wolf, a psychiatrist at a Boston hospital, meets with her young female patient, Nikki. Nikki seems to steer the conversation into an interrogation of Dr. Wolf with questions about her personal life. Nikki has a tendency to ignore boundaries.

Later, Dr. Wolf receives a phone call as she and her boyfriend, James, are packing for a hiking trip to Arizona. James is a psychiatrist at the same hospital. The news stuns Kate.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
It’s no secret that I love psychological thrillers, they’re one of my favorite sub genres and reading one that brings something new to the table is cause for celebration. This is told solely from Kate’s perspective and is laid out in a standard, linear manner with just one timeline to follow, although the past does play a huge role in the storyline. I know many of you are tired of books that jump from past to present with several narrators, so I wanted to make sure I shared that! Kate is a ...more
Liz Barnsley
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly addictive, beautifully written psychological drama here from Alice Blanchard. Twisty as you like with some excellent characters and emotive themes. Full review on blog tour for publication but definitely Highly Recommended.
Frank Phillips
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars rounded down. Solid mystery/suspense read, with plenty of dark thrills, just didn't floor me. It could be this was better than my rating, but i'm a thriller/suspense junkie and after a certain amount it takes quite the read to impress me. I enjoyed the psychological insight this book provided oh, really makes you wonder how sociopaths and psychopaths really think differently than regular people. I also enjoyed the serial killer aspect that this provided, I am a bit addicted to ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - The blurb for this novel is intriguing, but let me tell you, this novel is so much better than the blurb would have you believe. A Breath After Drowning is a slow burner – the mystery doesn’t fully take centre stage until the second half of the novel, but there are elements of intrigue laced throughout the first half. Dr Kate Wolfe is a child psychiatrist, and we get this interesting opening of her working with one of her patients. Kate’s partner, James, is also a psychiatrist, and ...more
Joey R.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 Stars. After reading several good reviews of Alice Blanchard’s books and discovering she had won several book awards, I decided to give her most recent book a try. “A Breath After Drowning” is told from the perspective of Dr. Kate Wolfe who is a child psychiatrist whose sister was murdered when Kate was supposed to be babysitting her years earlier. Although the murderer was captured, tried and convicted immediately after the crime, Kate begins having doubts that he was the actual killer. So ...more
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
A Breath After Drowning is one of those books that gets its hooks into you quite early on, but you don’t realize it until you try to put it down. I found myself thinking about the story and the characters when I wasn’t reading it, which is always a sign of a good book for me.

Character-driven for the first while, the author does a great job of getting the reader invested in Kate’s life and her work. We learn her routine, her issues arising from her sister’s death and how she deals with her job as
Sherri Thacker
Wow! This book had me from the first page and I could not put it down. 440 pages of action packed suspense. Definitely a psychological thriller till the bitter end. So much mental illness in 1 book!!! Lots of characters to keep track of and by the middle of the book I found myself getting confused. But the author did a great job explaining it all in the end. I did not know who the killer was despite so many others saying they had figured it out. But not me! Lol
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is a brilliantly written psychological thriller!!
I was sucked right into this book from page one! WOW! This book rattles you and hits you at your core. Just when you “think” you know what happened....guess again!!! A huge twist at the end I did NOT see coming!!! A Breath After Drowning is intense and very dark at times...but it definitely kept me guessing till the end and boy did it deliver!! I highly recommend! **4.5 stars rounded up**
Really superb and not at all what I was expecting from the blurb. There is much more to this than psychological thrills. There's real depth to the story and characterisation and it is beautifully written. It's extremely hard to put down. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest and say that I hadn’t heard of Alice Blanchard before and I hadn’t read either of her previous books. If there’s one thing that I like it’s discovering a new author and discovering that they have other books for me to catch up on. The synopsis of this book appealed to me and it was with some excitement that I picked up ‘A Breath After Drowning’. I was not to be disappointed as I really enjoyed reading it but more about that in a bit.
I really felt for Kate Wolfe. She is a
I love psychological thrillers so A BREATH AFTER DROWNING is right up my alley. Kate Wolf is a psychiatrist who specializes in children. When a girl Kate is treating commits suicide, Kate is drawn back to her own troubled youth. Kate's mother committed suicide, and Kate feels guilt over the murder of her sister. This novel begins slowly, but the tension builds. When I thought I had everything figured out, the ending blew me away! I definitely recommend this book to all!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once in a while, the earth tipped over, and the truth got really ugly. But it could also set you free. The world revealed its colors. And it was shining brightly on the other side.

Loved this one! It kept me wondering and on the edge until the end, and I absolutely adored Blanchard's writing & Kate Wolfe as a MC.
I'm definitely going to read more of this author.
Olivia McMullan
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was brilliant! It kept me guessing right till the end. It made me suspicious throughout and when the ending was revealed, it was not anyone who I would have anticipated. I liked the ending. It could have been better but it was still a really happy ending. That is one thing I enjoy about books. A happy ending. If there is no happy ending then it makes me frustrated and sad.

Overall I really enjoyed it. It was great! :) It definitely kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat the whole
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Wolfe has a tragic past. Her mother committed suicide when Kate and her little sister Savannah, were still children. Six years later Savannah is horribly murdered. The Wolfe’s next-door neighbour Henry Blackwood is convicted of the crime and is placed on death row. Kate, now a prominent psychiatrist, starts to doubt Blackwood’s guilt after she uncovers some long-hidden family secrets. Kate delves deeper into the mystery and as alternative suspects come to light, danger is just around the ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Tense, engaging and intriguing, A Breath After Drowning captured my interest from the very first page. It starts out very focused on the characters, who I really liked (allowing me to become more invested in Kate and her life). Though it jumps backwards in time a little, the storyline is mostly focused on the here and now, which makes a nice change from many other books in this genre which tend to constantly flit between timeframes.

I enjoyed reading about
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS - A Breath After Drowning is a psychological thriller that kept me guessing and made for an enjoyable weekend read. The first part of the book is character driven as Blanchard guides her readers through Kate's past, her current job as a psychiatrist and her personal life. As the book progresses, twists are thrown in and a fair number of subplots and themes are explored in varying degrees.

While I enjoyed the impressive number of culprits who kept me speculating about how it would end,
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid thriller from Blanchard. It's been a while since I've read her anything by her. Good story and execution, well-written. 3.5 stars.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoy good psychological thrillers and if there's a bit of supernatural thrown in I won't mind. The synopsis had a line that a kid knows details she should not and that's what hooked me in.Let me befrank readers,there's no supernatural elements,when you read it you will come to realise it was the most natural thing that happened.Now even that was not what spoiled the book for me, it was the protagonist.
The premise:
Child psychiatrist Kate Wolfe's world comes crashing down when one of her young
Suze Lavender
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A Breath After Drowning is the third book from author Alice Blanchard.

Kate Wolfe is a child psychiatrist. A teenager is dropped off by her mother at the hospital Kate works at. During her inteviews, the girl reveals that she knows unsettling details of Kate's personal life - notably the fact that Kate's younger sister was brutally murdered. The man who perpetrated the murder is on death row awaiting execution - and still proclaiming his innocence. Kate is then contacted by the police detective
Linda Hill
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate Wolfe’s life is about to be turned upside down when everything she thought she knew about her family’s past is brought into question.

Before I begin my review proper, I’m going to get one small grouch out of the way. As with many American based books, there are several references to particular brands in A Breath After Drowning which I find distracting and alien to my British reader taste. I never feel I really need to know whether a character is wearing a particular make of watch or suit. As
I gave this book 4.5 stars. Only bc the ending and towards the end it seemed like the author just threw whatever criminal or psychological she could think of into it bc she was tired of writing. A lot of things didn't make sense. The beginning and middle I had a hard time putting the book down. I would read it any little chance I got. But towards the end I was like What???

Kate is a psychologist and dating another psychologist, imagine that, named James. She is scared of commitment at least the
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is totally amazing , this book made mystery win over romance and became my favorite genre . the story is so complicated , many suspects , many victims , one serial killer , and a stubborn psychiatrist who is ready to do anything find the one who killed her sister .
Kate , that's the main character , a successful psychiatrist who lost everything , a loving sister who is ready to do everything so her sister will rest in peace but what if everything she believed was a lie , what if she is
Jacob Collins
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Breath After Drowning is a well-researched and a well-plotted psychological thriller. The subject line is often dark, emotive and intense but the plot is compelling and I really enjoyed getting to know Kate. There are some great characters in this book.

Dr Kate Wolfe works as a child psychologist and she deals with children and families going through extremely traumatic times in their lives. Kate herself has also had a
Nancy Baker
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-goodreads
I was on vacation with two grandkids while attempting to read this book. I wish I had waited until I could devote several hours at a time to it instead of hit and miss reading times, but that didn't hamper my interest in the story.

Katie is a psychologist whose goal in life is to help instill stability and confidence in the lives of people who have been blindsided by self-doubt, tragedy or inherited insecurities. The only problem is that Katie is perhaps more troubled than her clients. Fifteen
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book - some parts more than others, though. My rating is probably between 3 and 4 stars. I very much liked Kate's character in the first part of the book. She came across as an intelligent and empathetic psychiatrist. As I kept reading, though, Kate seemed to lose much of her common sense and started doing things that I felt didn't make sense for an intelligent woman to do. Also, there was a bit too much coincidence, as far as I was concerned. HOWEVER! I found myself ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
This was a really great story. I was completely sucked in and couldn't put it down. My review is here
Thirty-two year old Kate Wolfe is a psychiatrist with serious emotional issues. Sixteen years earlier, an unidentified perpetrator abducted and murdered Savannah, Kate's twelve-year-old sister. Kate will never forgive herself for leaving Savannah unattended; the guilt still gnaws at her. She continues to have nightmares about that horrible night and, in addition, has never completely come to terms with the tragic suicide of her mother, Julia. Making matters worse, Kate's relationship with her ...more
Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know that feeling of excitement when something big is about to happen? I felt that way throughout this whole novel!

Kate, an award-winning child psychiatrist suffered both her mother's suicide, and the murder of her younger sister Savannah at a young age. When one of her current patients commits suicide, Kate is overwhelmed by memories and the guilt she that she still feels for not protecting her sister. As her sister's murderer sits on death row, Kate discovers new evidence which may link
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Alice Blanchard is the award-winning author of "Trace of Evil," "Darkness Peering," "A Breath After Drowning," "The Breathtaker,” “Life Sentences” and “The Stuntman’s Daughter,” for which she won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She has received a PEN Award, a New Letters Literary Award and a Centrum Fellowship.

"Trace of Evil” was chosen as an Amazon Best Mystery/Thriller for