Don’t Wake Up

Don’t Wake UpDon't Wake Up by Liz Lawler
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on May 25th 2017
Pages: 320
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three-stars

Really torn between a 2.5 and a 3 star so rounding up to a 3 star rating.

The description of this book sounded so promising. Alex Taylor, a doctor, wakes up on an operating table. She has no idea how she got there or the identity of the surgeon. Is he even a surgeon? She is tied up and frightened. He makes her an offer. She makes a choice and then wakes up unharmed. To make matter worse, no one believes her. Seriously who would go through the trouble of knocking someone out, strapping them to an operating table and leaving them unharmed. Frustrating, right? How horrible to not be believed and to doubt oneself. Is she alone? Are there other victims?

I was captivated by the description. This sounded like a really good criminal minds episode but it fizzled for me. There are other victims but still no one believed her. I found it very weak that no one saw a connection to the other victims or believed her story. She was a very reliable character. She was believable to me from page one. Perhaps if there would have been some doubt thrown in there i.e. is to make her look or seem unreliable then perhaps this book would have been more appealing to me. She goes form being disbelieved to being a suspect after unusual deaths begin to occur around the hospital. Also I found this book to be a little slow. Things seemed drawn out. Not everyone is as they seem in this book and that is a Good thing (channeling Martha Stewart).

I really wanted this book to be better. I wanted to enjoy it more. I think the description is terrific. This is a debut novel and I believe that with time this Author will really develop her craft and really deliver a psychological thriller which I will enjoy. This one did not live up to my expectations but there is a lot of promise here. I know that I am in the minority on the rating of this book. I see that most people really enjoyed this book. I did like the beginning of this book but then it failed to keep me overly engaged. It slowed and lost some of it’s momentum for me.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars