Book Title: Don’t Wake Up
Author: Liz Lawler
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Published: February 5th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks
Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes to find herself immobile on an operating table within her own hospital. She quickly discovers the person who appears before her does not have her best interests in mind. While she vividly recalls the events that took place in the hands of her abductor, the lack of physical evidence leaves her colleagues and those dear to her struggling to believe in her story. Were the events that took place that night real? Do the eerie occurrences that follow relate? As she tried to put herself back together, Alex finds herself becoming unhinged and questioning not only those around her, but herself.
“The mind is a fragile thing. It can deceive us when we least expect it and it can punish us in a way no one can explain.”
I found this novel SO difficult to put down with its smart and unpredictable narrative. Its fast pace and short chapters had me turning to find the truth of what happened to our main character. The plot line, while vague and unreliable, was very compellingly captivating. What I enjoyed the most was how this novel had that true creep factor that is felt with every word. Liz Lawler’s writing really provokes a roller coaster of emotion in her reader and this is exactly what I look for when picking up a book in this genre.
There were moments that were a bit of a turnoff but it didn’t stop me from pressing on. One thing in particular was some dialogue between the characters came across as very generic and felt ‘rehearsed.’ This occurred more so towards the second half of the novel and the communication overall did come through as emotional and genuine. I also realized I undoubtedly lacked a proper knowledge of medical terminology despite my husband being a medical professional. Am I alone here? Maybe, or maybe I should just watch some Grey’s Anatomy. I will say that if these were my only flaws with this novel, I very much consider this a home run debut.
I highly recommend this chilling, suspense building, and emotionally compelling novel. I’ll be keeping my eye out for what Liz Lawler may come up with next.
Many thanks to Harper and Liz Lawler for gifting me finished copy of this novel.
Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.
The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.
The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.
But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.
And then she meets the next victim.
So compulsive you can’t stop reading.
So chilling you won’t stop talking about it.
A pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller.