Try not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

September 23, 2015     Elle     ,

Try not to Breathe by Holly SeddonTry not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
Publication Date: January 7, 2016
Published by Corvus Genres: Thriller and Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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My Rating : five-stars

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 unconscious after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen 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.

WOW. This book is amazing. Fans of mystery, thrillers, and suspense NEED to read this book. I was literally hooked from page one. I was gripping my kindle for dear life. And I constantly felt a need to know what was going to happen next. I absolutely loved this book. For a debut, it’s utterly perfect. I haven’t read a suspense/thriller this good since I read Gillian Flynn’s books- and I am being very honest here. I cannot wait to see what author, Holly Seddon comes up with next. I am an instant fan-girl. 

The book follows the life of 3 very important characters in a race to figure out who hurt Amy 15 years prior. Alex is a journalist with her own problems but becomes sucked into the mystery of Amy’s life and her vegetative state. Who hurt Amy? Why would someone do this to a fifteen your old girl who had so much going for her life? Questions quickly arise and soon people who knew Amy 15 years before are found scrambling for answers too. Readers won’t guess the motive or the perpetrator until the very end. You’ll be hanging on the edge of your seat wondering and waiting for some answers. And when you find them, you’ll be just as shocked as I was. 

A brilliant debut novel by Holly Seddon- one that I won’t soon forget. The writing style is superb, the plot is interesting, and it is filled with mystery and suspense. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author or publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I did not get paid for this review and all thoughts are my own.

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