How much drama is too much drama? At what point does it start to be too soap opera like?
My main character has gone through a lot. She's lost loved ones through death, and loved ones due to betrayal. She's seen a killer and his victim. She's also being stalked, someone wants her dead.
Eventually the reader finds out how her loved ones died, and why her trust was betrayed, but the reasons given are dramatic reasons.
I'm worried at some point, the reader or agent will want to roll their eyes and think, "Oh brother."
Then on the other hand, if I've done my job, the reader or agent will gasp in horror, feel sad, or be shocked and surprised, depending on what they've just read.
Can anybody answer the question: How do you tell when there is too much drama in a book? Is that even possible?