Book review: Try not to breathe by Holly Seddon

Hii! I’m into my own little rhythm with reading at the minute! I started to always read at least a page of a book instead of going on my phone before i go to sleep, so this has helped tremendously with making me relax and sleep better as well.

On the back:

Alex is sinking. She’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love – drink. Until she visits a coma ward, where she meets Amy.

Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place.

Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma…

My thoughts:

This story is told from the point of view of Alex, Amy and Jacob.

So Alex is a freelance journalist, writing a shitty column since losing both her husband and job at a paper due to drink.

Amy is the girl who got attacked fifteen years ago and is now in a coma. Her point of view is quite unique as it will go through time from before the attack to whilst she’s in the coma. But whilst in the coma, she thinks she’s just ill in some way and is sleeping at home.

Jacob is Amy’s childhood boyfriend. He’s now married and about to have a baby, but over the past years he’s been visiting Amy more and more often.

So, Alex is doing an article on the coma ward and the patients there, when she see’s Amy and recognizes her from when she was attacked. Basically she has not much left in her life after losing her husband (who she is still in love with but he’s due to have a baby with someone else), so she takes it upon herself to turn the article into a story on Amy and to try and find out what happened and possibly bring her some form of justice.

I really felt for Alex throughout the story, yeah i kinda didn’t at the start, but as she starts figuring out whats happening with Amy she helps herself at the same time. It actually turns out she’s quite the detective, soon enough she meets Jacob who ends up helping with finding out what had happened.

I will say this is one story which i thought would be predictable and i had my sights set on one particular person throughout the whole book, i was so determined, even when it was hinted that it might be other people. But, no, i got to the end and it was a character that i wouldn’t of guessed at all! And i ended up feeling quite guilty over the fact that i was thinking it was this specific person all along. (Sorry, i get really engrossed in books!)

Anyway, i would really recommend this book! Even if you think it’s predictable, it’s not (unless you actually can guess who attacked Amy, then that just makes me really dumb haha).. So if crime, mystery, psychological thrillers are your thing, then i really recommend it!

Have you read ‘try not to breath’? If so let me know what you thought!

Kirsty x


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