Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

I’ve decided to go with a brand new look for my blog to reflect my brand new outlook towards life. Hopefully, you all find it user-friendly. If you like it or don’t like it or have any suggestions, PLEASE PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I’m always looking for ways to make my blog more interesting and I would be happy to try to do so!  Anyways, let’s get started with this book review!

Alex Dale used to be a well-off journalist with a happy marriage. But when her destructive habits took it all away, she is left only with a newfound desire for routine and a few freelance writing gigs. Every day is a hassle to get through… until she meets Amy Stevenson. Amy is a remnant from Alex’s childhood, a girl who was found unconscious after a merciless assault and has been a coma for fifteen years. Everyone else in this world seems to have forgotten about her. But Alex remembers her now. And she is determined to find out what really happened to Amy and give this girl the justice she deserves. But has everyone really forgotten? Or are there people waiting for someone to go sniffing around, people who are afraid of the past and will do anything to keep it buried?

I quite enjoyed this book. I liked the protagonist a lot. Alex is someone you want to feel sympathy and pity for. But you also want to shake her and tell her to snap out of this mess and grow up. And I feel like she does, throughout the course of her interesting forays into the past. At times, it felt like the story wasn’t really about Amy or the mystery at all but rather about Alex and her inability to cope with life. Now, the actual mystery of Amy’s assault is not too hard to figure out and is quite sad, in all honesty. In light of the hundreds of stories of assault and crime we see in the news, hers is not too unique and is every bit as depressing and sad. I think the strength of this novel comes from its realistic perspective. Of course, Amy’s situation of being in a coma but still being conscious is unique and there were areas where the author took liberties. But the emotions throughout the novel and the plot all the way to the end…. it was realistic and believable and it sold the story. So, if you are looking for a good mystery novel with a protagonist like the one from The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, you should check this novel out!

Happy reading!

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