Don't Wake Up: A Novel by Liz LawlerDon't Wake Up: A Novel by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake Up: A Novel

byLiz Lawler

Paperback | February 5, 2019

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A harrowing psychological thriller debut about a woman who awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and who must try to convince everyone of what really happened.

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…

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, Don't Wake Up is also a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture.



Title:Don't Wake Up: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062876139

ISBN - 13:9780062876133

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Edgy, mysterious, & disturbing! DON’T WAKE UP by LIZ LAWLER is an engaging, dark, suspenseful, and intense psychological thriller that I was immediately drawn into. The subject matter is disturbingly nightmarish and terrifying to make this quite the intriguing, enjoyable and entertaining read. This book immediately grabbed my attention but necessarily didn’t keep it all the way through though. I did get a tiny bit impatient with some aspects of the storyline as it seemed to stall a little bit but it totally grabbed me again and in the end I was thoroughly impressed with the way certain things played out. LIZ LAWLER delivers a character-driven, interesting, and well-written read here that had me feeling anxious as well as had me questioning and suspicious of almost everything that I was reading. The only thing that bothered me a little bit while reading this one was something to do with the investigation and the actions of the authorities. I have a reading pet-peeve when a character’s behaviour is questioned and not believed by the police. It definitely bugs me as a reader. * This was a Traveling Sisters read * Norma’s Stats: Cover: Suspenseful, intriguing, mysterious, dark, eye-catching and a fitting representation to storyline. Title: Appealing, suspenseful, disturbing, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly and terrifyingly into storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, and captivating. Plot: Harrowing, dark, tension-filled, suspenseful, gripping, fast-paced, clever, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. Ending: An unexpected and unpredictable ending that totally took me by surprise. Overall: I was quite delighted that the author totally took me by surprise here and I totally missed a major clue to the “who” of the “whodunit”! Loved it!!!! Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2019-02-17

Editorial Reviews

“Lawler’s disturbing, unconventional, and often distressing debut successfully examines the struggle for credibility even the most successful and respected women face when reporting a crime. Fans of dark psychological thrillers will find this one hard to put down.”