Your audiobook is waiting…

Don't Wake Up

A Novel
Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

Regular price: $30.79

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

A harrowing psychological thriller debut about a woman who awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and who must try to convince everyone of what really happened.

When Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes, she is hooked up to an IV, is bound to an operating table, and her legs are raised in stirrups. Disoriented and alarmed, she assumes she's been anesthetized and brought to surgery after being in an accident. But the man standing over her, with his face hidden behind a surgical mask and wielding instruments, is no doctor she recognizes at the hospital where she works as a successful and respected doctor. He’s a stranger - and he’s calmly and methodically telling her how he's about to attack her. Before Alex can even scream for help, she succumbs to another dose of anesthesia, rendering her unable to defend herself....

When she comes to on a gurney, she finds herself surrounded by her colleagues and immediately reports the attack and rape. The police are skeptical of her bizarre story. And after a physical exam reveals no proof of any attack, even her boyfriend has doubts. Despite Alex's adamant claims, no one believes her, leaving her to wonder if she has, in fact, lost her mind.

Until she meets the next victim....

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, Don't Wake Up is also a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture.

©2019 Liz Lawler (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Interesting Plot

Can't say I knew right away who the bad guy was...pretty intriguing story line.
Would recommend it to friends who like mysteries.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Maybe the Worst Book I’ve ever read

Howdy folks. This book is bad! This one? Right here? It’s bad! And I’m not just talking about a mediocre mystery or a somewhat questionable narrative. No, this book is actively bad. I don’t have enough time on this earth to explain all of the ways in which this book is explicitly terrible. This book reads like wattpad fanfiction — and the authors of wattpad fanfiction should be rightly offended. If I were teaching a class on how to write a book, I would bring this book in as an example of what not to do in all regards.

Let me try and summarize just why this slog of a novel is so awful.

First of all, all of the characters are paper thin stereotypes who make nonsensical narrative decisions in order to move the story toward its disappointing conclusion. None of their choices make any sense. The psychology and character work is bad.

The detective work is also bad. The lead investigator just goes on an impromptu helicopter ride with the protagonist mid way through the novel and it is treated as a perfectly normal occurrence. Not a conflict of interest at all! He then decides not to suspect her of anything just cause he likes her. And she took him on that nice helicopter ride! Meanwhile the only named female detective is a culmination of every misogynistic bitch trope in the book. Conclusions and deductions that are treated as logical and obvious are utterly bizarre and nonsensical.

The love story is ham fisted and off-putting because it at once comes out of nowhere and is overly predictable. How is that even possible, you ask? Not sure. But somehow it happens in Don’t Wake Up.

The prose is stilted and amateur. The dialogue is so stiff I could use it to file my nails. So much time is spent on boring descriptions of conversations that rehash everything we already know. Nothing ever really changes or progresses and everything is needlessly and painstakingly spelled out for the audience. The protagonist spends like ten chapters hemming and hawing over breaking up with her boyfriend just circling around the same motivations the whole time. And that’s what the whole book is like.

This lack of structural and technical care means that when exceedingly graphic descriptions of violence pop up within the book, they don’t feel earned. Instead they seem unnecessary and are jarring and uncomfortable to witness.

Then we get to the subject matter of the book, which should have been handled with significantly more care in my opinion, especially given our current climate. The Amazon description for this book declares it “a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture.” This could not be further from the truth.

Not a single woman in this book supports another woman. Not a single one. The only characters who try to actively help and believe our protagonist are both men. Which would be fine if this book were making a point about how internalized misogyny can deter women from supporting each other. If it were trying to display how women are not immune to our societal prejudices and how anyone can be a victim and a perpetrator, that would be one thing. But it’s not even attempting to make a point like that as far as I can see. It’s not attempting to make any sort of point at all.

Instead the actions of the characters seem to feed negative gender stereotypes on both ends of the spectrum. And the ludicrous conclusion to the story makes this even more infuriating. And I’m not trying to claim that books have an obligation to adhere to specific set of morals — but the advertising for this book ACTIVELY touted it as one that did!

Which seems deceptive at best and exploitative at worst. Don’t Wake Up is NOT an exploration of our cultural climate when it comes to victimhood and the discrediting of women. It actively discredits women, seemingly just because.

Then we get to the actual audio performance. I don’t think Devon does a terrible job with what she’s given to work with, which isn’t much, but she should have never been cast to begin with. This story takes place in Bath. Devon does not have or attempt to affect an English accent. It’s strange to hear British slang thrown around in what sounds like a Standard American accent. At first I thought maybe they just decided to forgo accent work all together. Which I could accept. Except NO. Devon at one point attempts both a Polish accent and an Australian accent to middling success on both accounts. So there’s a significant lack of consistency in the vocal performance which took me out of the story at times. Again, I’m not blaming the actress. She’s not terrible by any means. She got paid to do a job. They just probably should have paid someone else to do it instead.

Alright well if anyone has even read this far, kudos to you. You made the right choice in reading this review instead of Don’t Wake Up. Don’t read this book. Don’t waste an audible credit on it. The only good thing to come out of my suffering through this garbage book is that the fact that this is a published work of fiction has inspired me to finally sit down and write my own book. Because if Liz Lawler can get published, by golly so can I. Probably, so can you. Achieve your dreams.