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Try Not to Breathe Audiobook

Try Not to Breathe

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense.

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 after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. Who, unbeknownst to her doctors, remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralysed, 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 uncovering the unspeakable truth, Alex realises 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.

©2016 Holly Seddon (P)2016 Bolinda

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    Amelia68 Australia 07/05/2016
    Amelia68 Australia 07/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Complex mystery, chilling theme"

    Really enjoyed this engaging mystery with its complex and flawed main protagonist, which kept me guessing until the end - and when I thought I had worked it all out, I was wrong! I found the theme of a young victim in a coma who cannot disclose her perpetrator chilling, and really enjoyed the way Alex solves the mystery step by step, pulling the reader along in her wake. A wonderful debut novel, I look forward to reading a lot more from this author in future.
    Loved the audible narration, which featured 3 different narrators for the 3 main characters in the book - a solid performance which kept me entertained throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent"

    Great audiobook . well written. really drew me in. the narrators were fantastic. highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lacee 02/01/2017
    Lacee 02/01/2017
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    "This is a really good book"

    You won't be sorry you bought this one.
    Great story line.
    Fabulous narration.
    Well worth purchasing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 30/11/2016
    Brenda 30/11/2016
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    "Good story & very good narration"

    I really enjoyed three different people reading the different characters. The different perspectives and present and past events within the story held my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    liza 08/08/2016
    liza 08/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "gripping right from the start"

    The narrators did an amazing job worth this book. Wthin moments I was totally immersed in the story. Loved it and didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaz 09/05/2017
    Shaz 09/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "hooked ftom the first page.
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    i usually use audio books to help me sleep, but this one kept me awake! very well written and great narrators. looking to read more of this author's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DebManning 13/04/2017
    DebManning 13/04/2017
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    "gripping"

    fascinating story and characters.
    This convaluted story had me guessing right till the end. Loved the ending not your usual sappy rubbish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 03/04/2017
    Paula 03/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "a great page turner"

    I couldn't' put the phone down; a great page turner with some good twists amd turns.

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    M. Gmeiner Wien 02/04/2017
    M. Gmeiner Wien 02/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "great read"

    very exciting, great read
    tension built up throughout the story
    characters very well portrayed
    would definitely recommend
    enjoyed it lots

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    Stacey 28/03/2017
    Stacey 28/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Narrators were so believable and the plot kept you hooked all the way through the book.

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  • Martha
    29/09/16
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    "Captivating but expected."

    Wonderful storytelling! This novel really captures my attention and I listened to it rather quickly because I was anticipating a shocking revelation in the end. However, the actual conclusion and solving of the case was somewhat boring and easily anticipated. It was still a very well written, suspenseful book, though!

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  • Karmen
    23/11/16
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    "Don't believe the hype!"

    I honestly have no idea how this book has so many great reviews. The story was uninteresting, had a predictable ending was and without any real climax to keep the readers hooked. Don't waste 9+ hours listening to this

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
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    2/12/16
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    "If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to."

    I almost gave up after a couple of hours simply because of the male narrator's irritatingly inflection in his voice. When he was 'into ' his character this was less obvious , he's actually a good reader with lots of colour and expression , but I won't buy another audible book with him reading. When I first heard the female journalist's voice I thought 'oh no! Same inflection " I figured whoever picked the two readers must like this kind of voice. The voice of the 'girl' was excellent . To me if the voices aren't to my liking I find it hard to enjoy. The story was okay, easy listening , worth reading even with it's fairly abrupt ending . Nothing special but glad I got to end. It's not in the same ball park of Gillian Flynn or Paula Hawkins but perfect to entertain when doing something mundane - long drive , ironing etc...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jv
    3/11/16
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    "Fantastic book, highly recommended"

    What a great book. Unusual and interesting storylines all tied together. Good narration. I had changing allegiance for the characters as the story developed. I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't wait to listen to the next bit. Thought provoking and, a crime, a mystery, a drama and a love story of sorts. Only thing which didn't ring true was the way in which people had access to the hospital ward, notes and the patients but a great listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs S.
    25/06/16
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    "Predictable"

    Story was predictable, so much so that you know the ending by half way through the book, with nothing exciting happening along the way. The audio was distracting as the voices seemed sing-song and irritating. Disappointing.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Ninecatz
    2/09/16
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    "Don't hold your breath..."
    Any additional comments?

    The culprit was easy to guess and I found it a bit boring, had I been reading instead of listening I would have skipped pages. One of those books I listened to because I'd purchased it - mediocre.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Monroe
    7/05/16
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    "exactly what I was looking for!!"

    perfect cure for my The Girl on the Train withdrawal syptoms. This book has a similar layout in terms of the narrators and a gripping story line.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Tough but fair
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    25/06/16
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    "Disappointed"

    First I have to admit to very much disliking the voices used ! The intonation sounded off to me and became increasingly irritating.

    As for the story, it did keep my interest but characters felt very received. The main character, who narrates most of it, was very similar to the one in The Girl on the Train. Another young woman whose life has been ruined by alcohol, starts to investigate a mystery and at the same time comes to terms with her alcoholism and the man she has lost as a result of it. This is almost identical.

    So too is the structure of having several narrators, at least one of which is unreliable.

    Lastly, the mystery, in other words who did it as it were,, I felt was not satisfying. I don't wish to spoil the ending so cannot really comment any more.

    Overall, I was rather disappointed in a book that was not very well written and the plot of which seems to have been lifted from elsewhere. Unless I have got it the wrong way round and the girl on the train came first

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    10/01/17
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    "loved it"

    really good story . great characters. stories intertwined really well .would look to read another by the same author

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JB
    9/01/17
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    "very reasonable"

    Very much enjoyed listening to this. Great narration from all involved. While the story was a little thin and predictable, I still throughly enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen L
    8/01/17
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    "Really good book to listen to - hard to switch off"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex was my favourite character. She clearly was struggling in life and watching her try to emerge from these struggles was a very strong part of the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit like A Girl on the Train given the storyline of one of the main characters (Alex).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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