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If She Wakes

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the electrifying new novel from New York Times best-selling author Michael Koryta, the "master" (Stephen King) of thriller writing, the story of two women fighting for their lives against an enigmatic killer.

Tara Beckley is a senior at idyllic Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to deliver a visiting professor to a conference, a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara in a vegetative state. At least, so her doctors think. In fact, she's a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead - but why? And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them? 

Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is hired by the college to look in to Tara's case. A former stunt driver, Abby returned home after a disaster in Hollywood left an actor dead and her own reputation - and nerves - shattered. Despite the fog of trauma, she can tell that Tara's car crash was no accident. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a mysterious young hit man named Dax Blackwell hard on her heels. 

Full of pulse-pounding tension, If She Wakes is a searing, breakneck thriller from the genre's "best of the best" (Michael Connelly).

©2019 Michael Koryta (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"It's a measure of how good this book is that the chilling, masterfully sustained suspense is only one of its standout achievements. Koryta never brushes off anyone's death; he makes you feel for the victims. The relationship between Tara and her sibling is beautifully nuanced, full of revealing details going back to their childhood. Koryta has never been better than with this knuckle-biting thriller." (Kirkus)

"Instantly gripping, with realistic action, a breath-snatching twist, and a few untied ends that hopefully signal a sequel." (Booklist)

"Adept at creating Hitchcockian moments, Koryta keeps the suspense high throughout." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Two characters make this book interesting

I'll start by saying I've been a fan of Michael Koryta for awhile. I've listened to quite a few of his books. "Those who wish me dead"is what started fandom for me. That being said, the most intrigiung part of this book was the interaction between Dax and Abby. It was almost like we were in their world and everything (including the suspense was filler).One pleasant surprise was realizing that Dax is an offspring of one of the characters from "Those who wish me dead".

The story for me somehow just misses the boat. Lots of characters that all felt secondary, even what is considered one of the main characters. I couldn't tell if the suspense was supposed to focus more on Tera (the girl who couldn't speak), or Dax and Abby. Add in the sister who felt like a stand in most of the time, it was just not very interesting.

If you have never read an MK book or are not typically into supsense books, you might be intrigued or find it fascnating on some level, If on the other hand suspense is your genre, you most likely will not find the suspense you might be searching in this one.

I'll continue to listen to Michael especially if Mr. Petkoff is narrating, but this one you probably can take a pass unless you have the other book I mentioned.

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Frustrating book

The inability of a neurologist to assess the brain activity of a patient seems to elude this doctor so easily. The nurse abuse is rampant( all nurses mistreated their patients and are heartless ) The best part is the Kid and without his family, a chance for a truly gripping story is shot. I was generous with my stars but not really a good book.

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  • Bob
  • Morrisville, PA, United States
  • 05-31-19

Another Superb Thriller

Another superb thriller by Michael Koryta. Koryta proves that no matter what genre he writes in, engaging characters and his almost cinematic plotting wins the day. If She Wakes is one of his more traditional thrillers, full of action, secret agendas and familial bonds that add weight to the tale.

Robert Petkoff gives an excellent performance, yet not to take away from his skills, I feel this book would have been better served with a female narrator. Yet that complaint aside, Petkoff’s pacing and tone give the book the right feel and keeps the listener engaged throughout.

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 05-30-19

NO QUESTION

A well-written story that keeps the listener interested from beginning to end, and a great narrator who knows how to keep his audience entertained and performs with energy and finesse. There's no question that this audiobook should be your next purchase.

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Unique story

Well paced story with interesting characters. One of best stories I’ve read recently. Highly recommend

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Loving sisters always communicate

Really excellent suspenseful story. I found myself smiling at the embellished answers Tara gave when some questions were asked. I loved the connection between the sisters. A must read.

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  • Linda
  • Eagar, Az, United States
  • 06-24-19

Michael Did it Again

I couldn't imagine how someone could make a good story out of a girl in a coma, but he did with a home run. Really good book.

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loved it!

Absolutely fabulous on every level! fantastic storyline and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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can't put this book

This is the book you can't stop listening too and stay up later hearing more

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Couldn't quit listening!

So good! This one keeps you wanting to listen, and the twists and turns are unexpedily perfect for the story.

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