For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning 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 after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. Who, unbeknownst to her doctors, remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralysed, 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 uncovering the unspeakable truth, Alex realises 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 Bolinda
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I found this to be a relatively unusual tale. It moved back and forth between two timelines, and was told from chapter to chapter by different characters. I found the first third or so, dragged a little, but it was interesting enough to stick with. After that, I was quite engrossed. The ending tied everything up very well.
perfect cure for my The Girl on the Train withdrawal syptoms. This book has a similar layout in terms of the narrators and a gripping story line.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - so much that it's one of a very few books that upon completion, I started again. It is a good pace, characters were well thought out, but most of all I enjoyed the three different narrators.
Now off to hunt down more by Holly Seddon!
A lovely 'who done it' with a gentle lead up to the great reveal. Wonderfully narrated by three people which really added to the flipping between the main characters and their stories. Very well put together.
Great story, well narrated. Would recommend.
Holly Seddon can certainly grab and entertain her reader. The plot engages you and makes you think you know where its going, then seamlessly over the timelines builds to climax with an outcome that you never expected....
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. The narration, storyline and characters were so engaging, as was the plot, which kept you guessing to the end.
The use of multiple narrators helped to identify clearly each character and their narration style was easy to listen to throughout. More please from this author and narration team.
"Captivating but expected."
Wonderful storytelling! This novel really captures my attention and I listened to it rather quickly because I was anticipating a shocking revelation in the end. However, the actual conclusion and solving of the case was somewhat boring and easily anticipated. It was still a very well written, suspenseful book, though!
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