Book review: Try Not to Breathe + competition

By Holly Seddon
Published by Corvus Books

Synopsis: Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she's cut herself off from everything but her one true love - drink. Until she's forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy.

Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands. 

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…

How did this book end up in my hands? The author was incredibly kind and offered to send me a copy of her debut novel after our second Q&A together. There are some absolute stars out there!

Was it a page-turner? OMG, yes! I alternated reading my physical copy of the book with listening to the audiobook version whenever my hands were occupied and I finished this in record speed. It is unbelievably addictive!

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? The synopsis is good but the book is a million times better!

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] Yes, I did. I was able to guess the identity of Amy’s attacker quite early on in the narration but there was always something that made me question my theory.

Three words to describe it. Engaging. Emotional. Suspenseful.

Do I like the cover? Yes, I think it fits the almost ‘otherworldliness’ of the novel quite well.

Have I read any other books by the same author? Yes, I have now read everything that Holly Seddon has written – albeit in reverse order – and I’m looking forward to more.

Will I be recommending this book? Absolutely. If you like an engaging storyline, multiple narrators and a guessing game, this is for you!

Anything else? Yes! The publisher has kindly offered one copy of Try Not to Breathe to go to a lucky reader! All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and retweet the competition post by 03/02. UK only. All comments left below will count as extra entries (one per person). Good luck!

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