Title: Don’t Wake Up
Author: Liz Lawler
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
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.
Don’t Wake Up is one of those books that not only leaves you imagining (with horror) how you’d react in this situation, but makes you start to consider whether people would believe you, if you were in Alex’s situation…? It’s not a nice thought, but it makes for a great read!
I liked that, although there were parts of this novel which were quite typical of the genre, there were parts that I was not expecting along the way. Don’t Wake Up kept me guessing, and though some characters felt a little over-exaggerated, I really liked how author Liz Lawler created characters which, for the most part, were convincing. Also, I warmed to main protagonist Alex despite the apparent unreliability of that very same character – without giving anything major away, at some points you’re not always sure if Alex is telling the truth because everyone around her seems so sure she’s making it up…
The pacing of this novel quite fast, though there’s enough time to build on the characters and for the reader to develop their own opinions of Alex’s friends and colleagues. There are some quite dark parts, and the last 30% or so really ramps up the tension.
Overall, an engrossing, tense read which kept me guessing – recommended!
Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.