Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

holly This is a mystery by Holly Seddon that fluctuates back and forth in time and told by different narrators. Fifteen years prior, teenager Amy Stevenson is attacked, beaten and left for dead. She is only 15 years-old and there is no clue about her attacker. Amy lives in a “persistent vegetative state” and is still capable of thought, but cannot communicate with anyone. What a horrible situation, I can’t even imagine.

Fast forward 15 years and we hear the story of Alex Dale. Alex was a reporter but also an alcoholic. She lost her job, respect and her marriage because of alcohol. Finally Alex wants to move ahead and make changes in her life. She decides to write an article and interviews Dr. Haynes, a specialist for long term care patients, those in vegetative states. That’s when Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. They are nearly the same age with zero in common. The circumstances of Amy’s attack interest Alex and knowing the case was never solved, she decides to do some investigation on her own.

The story line mainly follows Alex as she searches for clues about Amy’s attack. Every so often the story shifts to a different narrator. It keeps you guessing with the twists. Good first novel for Holly Seddon.

Holly Seddon was born and raised in the south-west of England and now lives in Amsterdam with her husband and four children.

Linking to The Overflowing Library for the 2016 British Book Challenge.

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