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Try Not to Breathe

Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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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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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.

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excellent

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Could not stop listening.

An awesome narration of an awesome story. Bravo Holly Seddon. Can't wait to discover more of your work.

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Addictive page turning read

This book is disturbing, compassionate and heartbreaking. Every angle draws you into another level and like Amy you feel totally captured, unable to break free of the story. Totally riveting read.

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good mystery/drama

A good mystery and drama, tied up in love stories. Good listening for women and journalists.

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Excellent book!

Loved this book! Really couldn't stop listening and even when I did I couldn't stop thinking about it, especially towards the end.

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Great story and great narration.

I'm picky and I loved it!
Kept me interested even in short commutes to work.

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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!