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Monday, January 11, 2016

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

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Review by Suze
Amy is in a comatose state, but the doctors think there’s still some brain activity. The brain damage is the result of an abduction that happened fifteen years earlier. Alex is at her ward to write an article about the patients. She’s a journalist, who used to have a promising career and a happy marriage, but her love for alcohol ruined it all. She still writes though and after visiting her she wants to investigate Amy’s case. The killer has never been caught. Alex and Amy are the same age and they grew up in the same area. Alex wants to find out what happened, to do something for Amy. But it also means doing something for herself.

Jacob and Amy used to go out. When something happened to Amy his whole life changed. Even though he’s married now he still visits Amy. He has no idea what happened to her and it’s hard to find closure. When he meets Alex he doesn’t want to talk to her, but there is a chance they can help each other..

What I liked about Try Not to Breathe is that it has different points of view. There are several voices and they’re all interesting. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one sitting. I had to know what happened. I was intrigued by Amy’s case, but also by the lives of the main characters. None of the characters are flawless, but they know what their weaknesses are and I think that makes them so easy to like. I think the combination of characters that you feel concerned about and a gripping story is what makes this book so great.

Holly Seddon is a good writer. She knows when to leave her clues, which detail to reveal at which moment, etc. It’s clear she’s put a lot of thought into this story. Everything is exactly as it should be and I was hooked from the beginning. I love it when I’m being pulled in like that. The strong psychological story in combination with suspense worked really well for me. If you’re looking for a thrilling read, then get this book, it’s absolutely fantastic.


  1. Another one for my TBR list! Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. This one has such an intense summary that I just had to pin it. The cover caught my attention.