Try Not To Breathe

By Holly Seddon

4 out of 5 stars

Alex Dale is at a very bad place in her life. Her drinking will kill her if she doesn’t stop. She’s lost a baby and a husband. She’s lost her job. She does freelance though and she’s writing a story about patients in a vegetative state when she comes across Amy Stevenson. Amy was a sensational story from Alex’s teenage years. She was found, left for dead, by an attacker. Alex is drawn to Amy and feels as if Amy is trying to communicate to her. She knows if she can finally find out who did this to Amy, it could change both of their lives.

Amy lies in her hospital bed, unaware that she is actually there. Her mind has left her in the before, before she was attacked. She’s still a teen. She thinks about what lead up to the attack. She knows who did it. How can anyone else know?

Jacob, her high school boyfriend, visits her every day. He’s keeping that secret from his pregnant wife, who grows more and more suspicious of what he’s doing. Jacob has his own secrets. It seems his whole family fell apart after what happened to Amy. Even  his relationship with his younger brother changed. What else could Jacob be hiding?

I have to admit, I figured out who the attacker was rather early on in the story. Not that it changed anything for me in the reading of the rest of it. I think what drew me in was just how flawed Alex was. She knew she had to do something to change her life and helping Amy was the best thing she could do. You could read her struggle in every word. It was heartbreaking when she would deal with her ex-husband. It was also heartbreaking to think of all the people who live like Amy did in the story, suspended somewhere in their minds and in time. The way they got information out of Amy was truly fascinating. This is a very good debut novel. A great sign of things to come from Holly Seddon.

I received a copy of this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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