Book Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Like I said before, I’m really enjoying reading a lot lately. I had a number of books on my TBR list for a while, but hadn’t gotten down to actually reading them. Now I found the time and energy to read. Some of the books I’ve been reading, have been out for many years, so I won’t bore you with a review. Though Don’t Wake Up was published two years ago already, I still think it’s worth reviewing.


Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.
The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.
The offer he makes her 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.
A pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller.

My Review

This was actually the first-ever thriller I read, because the genre normally scares the crap out of me. This one, however, was so compelling I just had to check it out. And I must say, I wasn’t disappointed. Yes, the plot was very scary at times, but it also kept me wanting to read on.

The synopsis above only covers the first 25% of the book or so, so I wasn’t sure it’d be interesting enough to read on beyond that. But it was.

One of the reasons that I didn’t before like reading thrillers, is that I don’t like bad endings, in which the main character dies for no apparent reason at the last page. In this sense, Don’t Wake Up definitely didn’t disappoint. Of course, bad stuff happens to people in the book – several people die in it -, but the book didn’t make me feel sick to my stomach at the end.

The characters were really well-developed. The book is mostly written from Alex’s point of view, but several other characters get a viewpoint too. This was necessary to keep the thriller effect. I liked it.

Overall, I really loved this book and it has me longing for more thrillers. I just searched for Liz Lawler on GoodReads and found she had another book published earlier this year. I’m definitely going to want to read that one too.

Book Details

Title: Don’t Wake Up
Author: Liz Lawler
Publisher: Twenty7
Publication Date: May 18, 2017

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

  1. Glad you didn’t feel sick to your stomach, Astrid.

    Don’t wake up sounds like a riveting read.

    Who else has a viewpoint and in what way are they related to Alex the protagonist? The witness? What role do they play?

    Viewpoint writing is important.

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  2. This sounds just my sort of book! I love thrillers. I read one that sounds kind of similar a few months ago – If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch.
    Popping over from Read With Me – unusually I haven’t shared a thriller there this week!

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  3. I love thrillers and grey characters. Omg, the story looks really captivating. Putting it on my reading list. Thank you so much. I am always on the search for new thrillers.

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  4. I need to start changing up my reading list. The book certainly sounds interesting, and something I need to try to read. Stepping out of my comfort zone seems to be my thing this year. Thank you for the review.

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