Review: Don’t Wake Up, by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake Up, by Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on May 25, 2017
Series: n/a
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Pages: e-book, 320
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Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.

The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.

The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

So compulsive you can’t stop reading.

So chilling you won’t stop talking about it.

A pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller.


The premise of Don’t Wake Up really intrigued me, but I unfortunately found the execution to be lacking a little.

Upon starting, the first chapter really had me hooked. I was so curious as to what really happened to Alex! But as the plot progressed, there were so many potential storylines and red herrings introduced, the middle of the book got to be a bit muddled. It was almost as if the story couldn’t make up its mind which direction it wanted to go in.

Most of Don’t Wake Up is told through Dr. Alex Taylor’s perspective. Although I felt it took a while to really get to know her, once I did I found her to be an interesting and complex character and I empathized with her, wanting to reach into the book to help her. In addition, there were some sections of the book told through other characters perspectives. In some cases, these points of view added depth to the story, but others only served to add to the length of book without furthering the plot. These transitions also weren’t always clear right away, which disrupted some of the reading flow.

Ultimately, I did like this story. It was a unique take on the currently all too common psychological thriller. While the overall story was satisfying, it was slower paced than I prefer and probably could have used additional editing to tighten everything up. As this is Lawler’s debut novel, I see promise for her future work and look forward to seeing what she does next.

*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3-b&w

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