Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Try Not To Breathe

Idgie Says:
Take a woman who is so invested in her alcoholism that she keeps a timed window of sobriety to earn a living and thinks nothing of the fact that she wets the bed most nights in a drunken stupor..... a comatose woman who made a very unfortunate decision 15 years ago as a teen.... and the man that religiously visits her daily with a mysterious guilt hanging over his head........ and you have a very good mystery on your hands.

One of the more interesting twists in this book is the fact that the comatose women is not in fact totally brain dead.  As modern science is trying to prove that people can hear and understand you while in a vegetative state, they use this idea in the book in a very clever way.

A good story, keeps you going.
Ballantine Books
February 23, 2016


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 after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. 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 uncovering 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.