Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
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 unconscious after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. Amy Stevenson, 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 her attempt to uncover 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.
About the Author:
Holly Seddon was born and raised in the sleepy south-west of England and now lives slap bang in the centre of Amsterdam with her husband and four children. Throughout her fifteen-year career, Holly has been privileged to work in some of the UK’s most exciting newsrooms.
Try Not to Breathe is her first novel, published in the UK (Corvus/Atlantic) in January 2016. Soon after, it will be available in the US (Ballantine/Penguin Random House), Germany (Heyne), Russia (Sindbad), Swiat Ksiazk (Poland), Crown (Taiwan) and Netherlands (Ambo Anthos).
Holly is currently writing her second book.
Review by Rochelle:
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Wow! I wish I could write like Holly Sutton. What an incredible book! Told in multiple first person points of view, Ms. Sutton takes us into the mind of an alcoholic who wants to battle her addiction but can’t, slowly peeling back the layers of what led Alex from teenage binge drinking to full-blown daily drinking, and the games she plays with herself to try to control her disease.
We see the guilt Jake carries as he tries to balance a career, marriage, his wife’s pregnancy, and the responsibility he feels toward Amy, his high school girlfriend who lies in a coma after a horrific attack by an unknown assailant. And the additional guilt he carries because of the effect his grief had on his brothers, both of whom ended up leaving home rather than cope with him.
Finally, we see inside Amy’s head. She worries her mum will be angry that she’s overslept. She wonders why her friends haven’t called her to go out. When Jake tries to tell her he’s getting married, she can’t understand why he’d break up with her. Is Mum angry? Why has she stopped speaking to her? Who is Alex? What is she talking about? What attack?
I couldn’t put down Try Not to Breathe. I had work to do and Christmas gifts to make. Yet I kept reading. Yes, when I grow up, I want to write like Holly Seddon. And she’s quite young—just starting out. Wow!
Heat Rating: PG
Length: 368 Pages
Hardcover Print: $20.26
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Try-Not-Breathe-Holly-Seddon-ebook/dp/B00ZNE44F0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450896416&sr=1-1&keywords=try+not+to+breathe