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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Trouble with Drowning is a work of fiction in the thriller, suspense, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the adult reading audience and was penned by author Heather Hach. We follow the life of protagonist Kat, a struggling writer who becomes consumed by corrosive comparisons to author Eden Hart. Eden's dazzling perfection and success serve as a constant source of irritation for Kat. When Kat's own literary career starts to bloom, and she falls in love with Jacob, the son of her literary hero, her life seems to mirror her aspirations. However, as Kat's mental health deteriorates due to resurfacing demons from her past, her ideal life begins to unravel. Obsessed with regaining control and punishing those who challenge her position, Kat devises a plan to bring Jacob back into her life.
Author Heather Hach's exploration of Kat's mental state is both poignant and deeply moving. This novel's portrayal of the thin line between admiration and obsession is both relatable and cautionary and serves as a reminder of how our thoughts and fears can shape our actions. Hach's writing captures the complexity of human emotions and the impact of unresolved past traumas on present choices through every facet of the speech and thought presentation. The character development is nuanced and realistic, allowing readers to empathize with Kat even as her actions become more troubling. The novel's exploration of mental health and its effects on relationships and self-perception is both insightful and thought-provoking. Overall, The Trouble with Drowning is a compelling and emotionally resonant read that delves into the depths of the human psyche and I would highly recommend it for thriller and drama fans everywhere.