Don't Wake Up
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 anesthetize...more
Dr. Alex Taylor awakens to find herself alone in an operating room. Strapped down to the operating table with only a sheet covering her otherwise naked body, she has no idea how she got here. Why is she here? Suddenly she sees someone in the room with her. When she calls out, the person behind the mask just stares at her. Why won’t anyone help her? All she has to do is answer one simple question.
"What does NO mean?"
When she finally comes-to in the ER, everyone around her ...more
Alex is ...more
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 ...more
Reviewed on May 5,2017 / Publication date May 25,2017
This book gripped me from the first page! Alex is the main character. She wakes up blinded by bright lights and discovers that she is in her own hospital and her body is covered in drapes. Her arms tied down with velcro. She freezes when she discovers that she is naked and her ankles are held up in stirrups.
Very mysterious circumstances. Someone in a surgical gown is handling surgical instruments. Alex asks him "What is wrong with m ...more
Dr. Alex Taylor wakes up under the bright lights of an operating table, groggy and confused. She is strapped down and hooked up to an IV with no sense of what happened. Assuming she had a bad accident, she asks the doctor beside her for details. The next thing she knows, she is waking up on a gurney in the hospital she works at, surrounded by her co-workers. They tell her she was found unconscious in the parking lot. What happened between those two ...more
When Alex awakes for a second time she is in the hospital, with her colleagues surrounding her. She was found knocked out in the parking lot next to a broken tree limb. She is unhurt other than a bump on the back of her head. But no one will believe her amazing story.
Her family and friends insist it nev ...more
It has that addictive quality that I look for in this genre, ...more
Don't Wake Up is a character-driven psychological thriller that highlights how fragile the mind truly is and how easily someone’s behaviour can be questioned, misinterpreted, manipulated, and used against them.
It is, ultimately, a story about jealousy, revenge, hatred, violence, and murder.
The characters are multilayered, vulnerable, and at times believably unreliable. The writing is well done. And the plot unfolds rapidly and has a nice balance of su ...more
If the first chapters don’t make you move to the edge of your seat, then there’s something wrong with you. It is downright scary as it ...more
Dr Alex Taylor finds herself in a horrific, true life nightmare, when she wakes up to find herself naked and strapped up on a operating table and has no idea how she got there. A masked surgeon with ominous intentions is threatening to do terrifying things to her unless she answers this one simple question correctly..." What does 'no' mean?"
When she wakes up again in the ward of the hospital in which she works, after being found unconscious in the hos ...more
Don’t Wake Up is a very fast-paced book with plenty of action. Set in a hospital environment, it follows Dr. Alex Taylor in the aftermath of a horrifying incident that has happened to her. When those around her think she’s lying, and things start happening, she finds herself in ...more
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Setting: Bath, England
POVs: (view spoiler)[Shifting, 3rd person (hide spoiler)]
Triggers: Yes. (view spoiler)[Animal cruelty. (hide spoiler)]
Alex Taylor is a highly skilled physician with a great career and a fiancé who matches her equally in education and status. Her life seems fairly comfortable until the moment when she's kidnapped and strapped to a table in a somewhat familiar environment. She endures the torment of being bound and taunted, but is then re ...more
I believe one of the hooks is that with no evidence to support the kidnapping/surgery, the reader along with supporting characters is also supposed to be wondering ...more
After that she was found unconscious on the street, the doctors examined her and she has no signs of a recent surgery not even any needles ...more
Highly successful Dr gets attacked one night but no one believes her. She completely unravels, starts making poor decisions and of course drinking. Her relationship falls apart and her close friends start to think she’s going crazy. When others close around her start to die, she immediately becomes suspect #1 by a detective with a chip on her shoulder.
Why is it that some authors expect us to believe that this is how women behave when things get tough?
Such a tired, ov ...more
The blurb sounds interesting and enticing, curious even, but I warn you, dear reader, that it does not accurately represent the events within the novel.
Even the title doesn't really fit with the story.
There are so many things wrong with this book, rendering it one of the worst books I can remember reading. But it's getting lots of rave reviews, so what do I know?
The writing itself is horribly clunky and awkward, telling the reader what is going on rather than showing them, and often ...more
Some of the scenes are extremely graphic and deeply uncomfortable to read and imagine and I did have to pause to take a moment sever ...more
The description of this book sounded so promising. Alex Taylor, a doctor, wakes up on an operating table. She has no idea how she got there or the identity of the surgeon. Is he even a surgeon? She is tied up and frightened. He makes her an offer. She makes a choice and then wakes up unharmed. To make matter worse, no one believes her. Seriously who would go through the trouble of knocking someone out, strapping them to an ...more
Several people had recommended this book to me saying it was a perfect example of my kin ...more
Upon starting, the first chapter really had me hooked. I was so curious as to what really happened to Alex! But as the plot progressed, there were so many potential storylines and red herrings introduced, the middle of the book got to be a bit muddled. It was almost as if the story couldn’t make up its mind which direction it wanted to go in.
Most of Don’t Wake Up is told through Dr. A ...more
What a gruesome mindfuck of a debut novel by author Liz Lawler.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started this, but certainly not a psychological thriller as gripping and torturous as this turned out to be.
It was so painful to witness the protagonist, a strong, ambitious doctor's seemingly perfect life spin out of control so easily in the span of a few days after being abducted by an unknown perpetrator. Frustrating to witness her lose her fight and question her own sanity when no one supp ...more