The Drowning Woman
By: Robyn Harding
Publication Date: June 13, 2023
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
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When Lee finds herself homeless and sleeping in her car, she is robbed one night and finds a new location to park and sleep in. It’s at that spot she meets Hazel, a woman drying to kill herself due to her toxic relationship with her husband. Hazel wants more than anything to get out of the marriage, but the only real way out is suicide due to other circumstances. Hazel returns home that night, but comes back to Lee. They bond over their difficult situations and Lee grows to care for Hazel. Then Hazel asks Lee for help in making Hazel disappear to get out of the situation with her husband. But nothing is as it seems.
I went into this book blind. I had no idea what it was about. I had just heard good things about it so I decided to give it a try! I was pleasantly surprised! While it’s hard to root for most of the characters in this book, I did find myself rooting for Lee. Did she make some questionable choices? Yes! But I believe she did it due to her circumstances. It’s hard for anyone to know how far they would go when you find yourself homeless due to circumstances beyond your control. In fact, I think this shed a bit of light on how bad the pandemic really effected some people. But I digress. This was twisty and chilling – and I loved almost everything about it. The ONLY thing I didn’t love was a small 2 paragraph section about Hazel getting a new car. With getting a new car comes registration, insurance and needing to mail license plates a residence. Her husband could easily find her that way. Anyway, this book is fantastic and I highly recommend it.