Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review: Try Not to Breathe: A Novel by Holly Seddon /Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult) /NETGALLEY ARC

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Try Not To Breathe: A Novel by Holly Seddon. 

Title: Try Not To Breathe: A Novel
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Author: Holly Seddon
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Language: English
Hardcover: 368 pages
Meet the Author: Holly Seddon
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

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.
Advance praise for Try Not to Breathe
“A razor-sharp plot and wonderfully complex characters . . . Not since The Girl on the Train have I been so captivated by a work of suspense.”New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen
“A fast-paced debut about long-buried secrets and tangled truths.”New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight
“Engrossing . . . Seddon’s storytelling skills are strong. . . . The world she’s constructed is fascinating and slightly dark.”Kirkus Reviews

My Thoughts

After I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I found myself loving the Mystery and Thrillers genre. Now is one of my favorites and I’m always looking for new books to read. For this reason when I read the book description of Try Not to Breathe I immediately became interested, I thought the premise was fantastic and wanted to read it and I’m glad I did.

I love the Author’s writing style. Was very surprised when I saw it was a debut novel. I was very impressed on how she presented the story. And like I said before my new found love for psychological thrillers and a wonderful writing style made the whole experience magical. I also love the cover, for me it contains something intriguing which increased my desire to read the book.

Try not to Breathe follows the story of Alex, a Journalist who after losing pretty much everything in her life finds herself with a drinking problem and a career to save. That is how she meets Amy, a girl who 15 years ago was brutally attacked and was left in come and has been in that state since then. Alex starts getting to know Amy and helps her to find out who attacked her which in 15 years nobody has been able to find out who it was.
I love the character of Alex who in my opinion is a very brave and strong person, trying to get her life back despite all that happened to her. 

I like how the story is told from the two points of view, Alex and Amy’s. I like how hocked I was in the story from the beginning, I did not want to stop reading. I wanted to know more about the story, the things going on, the characters. I enjoyed very much reading it, the pace was perfect. It was just the perfect combination of suspense, unexpected twist, and great characters and loved how the author managed the description and dialogue. 

Overall, a fantastic debut novel which I totally recommend.

Thank you Ballantine Books and Netgalley for providing me with the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.


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