Holding Her Breath by Eimear Ryan

Holding Her Breath

Eimear Ryan

fiction contemporary emotional funny reflective fast-paced

256 pages | first published 2021


A young woman comes of age in the shadow of her family's tragic past When Beth Crowe starts university, she is shadowed by the ghost of her potential as a competitive swimmer. Free to create a fresh identity for herself, she finds herself among pe...
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emotional 81%
reflective 81%
hopeful 43%
mysterious 25%
sad 25%
adventurous 12%
challenging 12%
dark 12%
tense 12%
inspiring 6%
lighthearted 6%


medium 75%
fast 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | N/A: 33%

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