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Book Review: Don’t Wake Up

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Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler– When Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes, she is hooked up to an IV, is bound to an operating table, and her legs are raised in stirrups. Disoriented and alarmed, she assumes she’s been anesthetized and brought to surgery after being in an accident. But the man standing over her, with his face hidden behind a surgical mask and wielding instruments, is no doctor she recognizes at the hospital where she works as a successful and respected doctor. He’s a stranger—and he’s calmly and methodically telling her how he’s about to attack her. Before Alex can even scream for help, she succumbs to another dose of anesthesia, rendering her unable to defend herself….

When she comes to on a gurney, she finds herself surrounded by her colleagues and immediately reports the attack and rape. The police are skeptical of her bizarre story. And after a physical exam reveals no proof of any attack, even her boyfriend has doubts. Despite Alex’s adamant claims, no one believes her, leaving her to wonder if she has, in fact, lost her mind.

Until she meets the next victim.

Genre: Thriller

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I literally read this book in one night. I could not put it down and I stayed up way too late to finish it. The opening scene of this book really made me squirmy. I could imagine waking up in Alex’s predicament and not knowing how or why or who. I was hooked from that one scene. I was invested in Alex’s story and angry on her behalf when nobody believed her story, not even the people closest to her who should have been immediately in her corner. I flip-flopped so many times in this story- was it this person, did it even happen, is she crazy, maybe it’s this person. I honestly had no clue until the big reveal at the end. The author did a great job of keeping the story flowing at a good pace and keeping the tension high. 

I found this book to be completely unpredictable and engaging. I didn’t know which characters were sincere and which ones were playing a part. By the middle of the book I was suspicious of pretty much every character, trying to find the flaws in their action and stories. That made for an intense read but it also made it hard to connect with any one character or root for them. The one real negative in this book for me was the female police officer. She detracted heavily from the story for me because of her almost pathological need to discredit Alex. She didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story and her hostility was never explored enough for me to understand her actions. Still a good read and one that I recommend. 

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