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One of our Books of the Year 2016.
July 2016 Debut of the Month
Penetrating and intense, ‘Try Not to Breathe’ is a chokingly dark debut thriller. Amy and Alex are the same age, Alex is divorced and drinking herself to an early grave, while Amy is trapped inside her own teenage mind in a hospital bed, 15 years after a brutal attack. Alex begins to investigate the assault, at the same time as she struggles to deal with her own demons. Fast moving chapters are headed with characters names and dates, and slide around in time from 1995 to 2011. Holly Seddon writes with a sharp intensity, casting at times a desperately sad shadow, yet there is still an element of hope that struggles for survival. There is more than one jigsaw with missing pieces here, which creates a balance to the storyline. Enough information is given to allow suspicions to grow, and flourish. As each piece slots into the jigsaw, and a clearer picture starts to emerge, the writing begins to feel lighter, just as the story moves on with a harsh and bleak intensity, ensuring this is a thought provoking and riveting read.
You won't be able to put it down. Just remember to breathe. Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she's cut herself off from everything but her one true love - drink. Until she's forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy. Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands. Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma...
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'A razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters. Not since The Girl on the Train have I been so captivated by a work of suspense.' -- Tess Gerritsen
'Such a grippy book.' -- Marian Keyes
'Try not to breathe, try not to make plans, try not to commit to anything till you've finished Holly Seddon's debut novel, because we must warn you now - you'll be fully hooked from page one...a brilliant, gripping, must-read.' Glamour
'Forget girls on trains and girls who are gone, you will not be able to put Try Not to Breathe down. It's that good.' Goodreads
'A top-notch psycho-drama Independent A gripping psychological thriller' New
'Seddon's storytelling skills are strong and the book engrossing... the world she's constructed is fascinating' Kirkus
Publication date: 14/07/2016
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||14th July 2016|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
Holly Seddon is a full-time writer, living in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books. Her first novel Try Not to Breathe was published worldwide in 2016 and became both a national and international bestseller. Don't Close Your Eyes is her second novel. Click here to read an interview with Holly about her book Try Not to Breathe. Author photo © James SeddonMore About Holly Seddon