Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor.
The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable.
But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.
And then she meets the next victim.
So compulsive you can't stop reading.
So chilling you won't stop talking about it.
Well crafted psychological thriller if a bit protracted in parts. Good opening that gets you hooked from the start- a woman wakes up unable to move in a hospital theatre apparently prepped for unknown surgery by a doctor who's face she can't see, about to cut her open. She wakes to find she is not in the theatre and appears to be fine and no one believes her story. The woman in question is Alex a overworked nurse who has had some personal issues prior to this episode which appear to colour people's perception of what she claims has happened to her to the extent that the reader is left wondering about her mental state and whether this could all be happening in her head.
I didn't really guess who was behind this until almost the end which was what kept me reading. It could have been one of several people and it was a twist I wasn't expecting. It had good pace but when we did eventually find out who was the 'doctor' it didn't really stack up which was a bit of a disappointment, it felt like the author had to rush the ending and hadn't really given it a lot of thought which did let it down. Having said this it was still a good read and I have given it 4 stars.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.