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Review: Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

4 Stars

Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this as an ARC.  The review reflects my own views and were in no way influenced by receiving an ARC.

Alex Dale is a broken woman.  A freelance writer who had it all and lost it.  She used to be at the top of her game with a weekly column, a husband and a good life.  Then she drowned it all, bottle after bottle.  Now she’s just going through the motions, barely surviving one night to the next.  She’s slowly working on a medical piece.  At the hospital, she sees Amy Stevenson.

Amy had been abducted and left for dead 15 years ago and since she’s been locked in a vegetative state, unable to bear witness to who attacked her and left her for dead.  Alex becomes more and more curious about what happened to Amy.  She begins to change the focus of her story from medical breakthroughs to what happened to Amy Stevenson.  Alex goes from washed up writer to investigative journalist.  She begins to slowly unravel the threads that make up Amy’s story and works tirelessly to bring her story to light and bring her attacker to justice.

The story changes perspective and changes from past to present throughout.  But the viewpoints are all seamless and mesh together in a way that doesn’t make the time shifts jarring, but they seem more like a natural progression.  Each character has a clear voice and you get a very clear picture of who they are and the events that made them the way they are today.

You don’t want to like Alex Dale.  She’s a very flawed character who does very little in the beginning to earn your empathy or sympathy.  You just want to take her by the shoulders and shake her until she comes to her senses.  As the story grows, so too does Alex.  In giving Amy a voice, she’s also giving herself a voice and a way to find the strength to save herself…from herself.

If you are looking for a good story with lots of twists and turns…definitely pick up Try Not to Breathe.

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