Tuesday, January 29, 2019

REVIEW: Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

A harrowing psychological thriller debut about a woman who awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and who must try to convince everyone of what really happened.

When Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes, she is hooked up to an IV, is bound to an operating table, and her legs are raised in stirrups. Disoriented and alarmed, she assumes she's been anesthetized and brought to surgery after being in an accident. But the man standing over her, with his face hidden behind a surgical mask and wielding instruments, is no doctor she recognizes at the hospital where she works as a successful and respected doctor. He’s a stranger—and he’s calmly and methodically telling her how he's about to attack her. Before Alex can even scream for help, she succumbs to another dose of anesthesia, rendering her unable to defend herself….

When she comes to on a gurney, she finds herself surrounded by her colleagues and immediately reports the attack and rape. The police are skeptical of her bizarre story. And after a physical exam reveals no proof of any attack, even her boyfriend has doubts. Despite Alex's adamant claims, no one believes her, leaving her to wonder if she has, in fact, lost her mind.

Until she meets the next victim…

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, Don't Wake Up is also a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture.
Don't Wake Up
Liz Lawler
Pub Date: 2/5/19
Harper Paperbacks
Rating: 5/5
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Liz Lawler's debut kept me gripping the edge of my seat! Don't Wake Up is a psychological thriller that is not only perfectly suspenseful, but it's relevant and relatable. The fear of someone, especially a woman, not being believed after an attack is something I've never thought about to this degree, but something that many have no doubt experienced.

Alex Taylor's story is fascinating because of its realness and Liz Lawler's ability to convey a wide range of emotions throughout the story. Alex's fear and confusion, Laura Best's snarky skepticism and dogged determination to prove Alex wrong, and even the disbelief and concern of Alex's colleagues all work to pull the reader into the twisty thrill of the plot. It was very easy to see why others didn't believe Alex's tale, and even I, as the reader who wanted to keep pace with Alex and believe in her, found myself questioning how she could be telling the truth when all signs pointed to her delusion.

That's what I love about Don't Wake Up. The story points in many directions at just the right moment to throw you off the scent. Even though I wanted to bang my head against the wall because no one would believe Alex, I read through the story in one sitting. It's that good! This story will appeal to fans of Courtney Evan Tate, Clare Mackintosh, or Alex Lake.
*ARC won via Shelf Awareness*



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