For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut - an engrossing thriller full of shocking twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense.
Some secrets never die. They're just locked away.
Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning.
Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found unconscious after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for 15 years, forgotten by the world. Amy Stevenson, who, unbeknownst to her doctors, remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralyzed, reliving the past.
Soon Alex's routine includes visiting hours at the hospital, then interviews with the original suspects in the attack. But what starts as a reporter's story becomes a personal obsession. How do you solve a crime when the only witness lived but cannot tell the tale? Unable to tear herself away from her attempt to uncover the unspeakable truth, Alex realizes she's not just chasing a story - she's seeking salvation.
Shifting from present to past and back again, Try Not to Breathe unfolds layer by layer until its heart-stopping conclusion. The result is an utterly immersive, unforgettable debut.
©2016 Holly Seddon (P)2016 Random House Audio
"A razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters.... Not since The Girl on the Train have I been so captivated by a work of suspense." (New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen)
I found the story hard to follow for the first half of the book and the second half didn't make up for it. I dislike it when an author pulls a villian out of a hat with no foreshadowing or without a dribble of story until bam! the person is guilty. it felt like it began and ended on a pretty blah note. The narrator did a good job. it wasn't a bad book and it wasn't a good book.
This book grabbed and held on. The characters voices, as written by Seddon were amazing. The narration held true to the amazing. the flawed characters made the book more real. it has characters you want to love and those you hate and love hating. the phrase 'gripping tale' is overused, but this story really did grip. Definitely worth a credit. or more.
Somewhere in the middle
Yes, with the caveats that:
1. I figured out who the perpetrator was around the middle of the book, and
2. the author writes far too many cliffhanger chapter endings, which is a good technique for suspense used sparingly, but towards the end, it was every single chapter, which got annoying.
They did a fine job, but I would have enjoyed this just as much if I had read it on paper.
Good beach read.
This author writes wonderfully. Never wanted to put it down. She gives her characters real life tragedies and shows us how they get through, even grow. it was a little hard to keep them all straight this time because there are so many but they are also defined by the way they relate to one another. Great debut!
I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it over two days while stuck in bed with a migraine. The narrators were believable without sounding theatrical and the story itself was so well written, gripping and emotional. I enjoyed the references to the teenagers in the 90's given I was one of them.
I shed tears at the end. Such a brilliant book
A very suspenseful story, although the ending was a bit dragged out. The characters are all rather sad, desparate people, especially Alex, a self-distructive alcoholic. Narration was very good.
The story was amazing, the readers were perfect. This is the second story I've ever listened to that's had me hanging on each word. Amazing book & reading.
I could not stop listening to this book once I started it. It was such an original story and the narrator brought it to life. It was a good mystery until the end and kept you guessing throughout the book. What an exceptional debut novel.
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