Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon – verdicts coming in: 2

Review published on January 21, 2016.

Wow! This is a roller coaster of a ride, as we are introduced to the three main characters – Amy, Alex and Jacob in short snappy chapters that make you want to read on.

Amy was attacked at the age of fifteen and left for dead, an experience so traumatic that for the last ten years she has been comatose.

Jump forward to 2010 and meet Alex who through drink has lost her way in life. Her husband has left her and her career in journalism is more or less over. Alex has been asked to write an article about her local Neur-disability Unit and this is where Amy, Alex and Jacob’s story becomes entwined.

Doctors and visitors are unsure of what Amy can remember, hear and understand. However, as the reader we are privileged to be able to enter Amy’s mind where she tries to piece together the events that lead up to that fateful day. Alex becomes interested in Amy’s story after discovering that they grew up in the same local area and possibly shared the same interests. Alex starts to research Amy’s past and soon discovers Amy’s boyfriend of that era.

Enter Jacob, who still secretly visits Amy, unknown to his family and pregnant wife. As Jacob reveals more links to Amy’s past, Alex becomes determined to find out the truth at all costs and bring Amy’s perpetrator to justice.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat, desperate to reach the final conclusion that was well and truly satisfying. However be aware that this was more a ‘who-dun-it’ , than a thriller, hence the four stars, but I loved it all the same.

Clare Acton

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