Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon


Alex Dale is a broken woman who convinces herself she is managing her unmanageable alcoholism… after all, she wakes up for a morning run each day and does some writing. That’s functioning right? At least until noon when the tremors come on and she sinks herself deep into the bottle until the next day…. that is, until Alex is given an assignment to a medical unit that is home to patients who are in comas or non-responsive states. Here, Alex stumbles across a young woman her own age who was found beaten into a coma as a teenager. Alex remembers this young woman well and decides to try and figure out who was responsible for her attack, something the police were never able to determine. Can she fight her demons long enough to do so? This was a great mystery novel with a wonderfully flawed and dynamic protagonist. Alex’s alcoholism reads as realistic–she’s very much in the grips of it and structures her entire life around making sure she does not fall apart as a result. The mystery unfolds at a nice pace with not too many unnecessary or superfluous secondary characters. I did guess the ending about half-way through which kept me on my toes as I sought clues alongside Alex to support or disprove my own hypothesis. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.