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Try Not to Breathe

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Try Not To Breathe (A) by Holly Seddon is the best mystery/thriller I have read.

Alex, an aspiring journalist, has struggled with alcoholism. She’s lost her job and destroyed her marriage. In an attempt to resurrect her career, she investigates patients with neuro-disabilities in the Wells Royal Infirmary. A particular young woman, Amy Stevenson has been there for fifteen years. A victim of a brutal beating she remains in a frozen state not dead, nor alive. Alex is familiar with Amy’s story. They are the same age and had attended the same school. No one was ever charged with the crime.

All the while Amy has been hospitalized Jacob her teenage boyfriend has been a constant visitor. Now married and expecting his first child, he has been unable to draw himself away. His life revolves around spending part of every day with her putting his marriage in grave danger.

In alternating chapters that read like diary entries the story unfolds. Alex’s investigation has become personal. She is determined to discover who is responsible for Amy’s attack. Extremely ill and running out of time to turn her life around, Alex is determined to finish what she has started and find justice for Amy.

The story is very compelling. The characters are written so well that the reader becomes invested in them quickly. Even Amy has a voice. It’s difficult to put the book down and certainly worthy of every written word. If I were to make comparisons to The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, I’d have to say that this one exceeds those two successful novels. So if you’ve read them, please read Try Not To Breathe. I am sure you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

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One response to “Try Not to Breathe

  1. Keely @ The Ink Blot January 21, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I agree – the characters just come alive in this novel, and the author isn’t afraid to get to the grit of their complex lives. Holly Seddon is an author to keep an eye on, for sure.

    Keely @ The Ink Blot

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