The Drowning Woman, a review by Shelley

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THE DROWNING WOMAN
Robyn Harding

Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
336 Pages
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I enjoyed The Perfect Family and loved The Arrangement by this author but The Drowning Woman was a huge letdown. The book starts off well enough, with Lee saving Hazel from drowning herself. But the further I read on the more ridiculous the book got. The author threw in every single thriller cliche and then some. Every single character in this book was a twat, not one likable one in the bunch, I had no one to cheer for.

Hazel is the typical damsel in distress but I didn’t buy it. She is an abused woman with no money, no friends, no employment history/prospects and no options yet she has an affair with a man she hardly knows and trusts him explicitly right away. No way would that happen! And Lee starts dating a customer from work, sleeps at his house, has sex with him, trusts him yet doesn’t know his last name or phone number!? Give me a break!

There were just too many coincidences in the plot and the storyline wasn’t just over the top it was downright ridiculous. The lawyer’s behaviour and the police procedures were not realistic and didn’t add up at all. This book just missed the mark on all fronts.

Same old premise, same old tired trope of women being taken advantage of in unrealistic ways. This book has a relatively high rating on Goodreads (4.39 at the time of this review) and many positive reviews so take my opinion with a grain of salt. (Did I read a different book?)

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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