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If She Wakes

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,154 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Discover the electrifying new novel from New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta, the "master" (Stephen King) of thriller writing, the story of two women fighting for their lives against an enigmatic killer.

Tara Beckley is a senior at idyllic Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to deliver a visiting professor to a conference, a horrific car accident kills th
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Sharon Sample There are numerous murders in the book, but no graphic sex. It is marvelously written so I think young adult readers will enjoy it.
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Susanne  Strong
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4 Awesome, Tension Filled Stars!

A Visiting Professor, murdered. College Student, Tara Beckley, now in a Coma.

An Insurance Investigator is positive that the Police have it all wrong. A Hit Man covering up the tracks. Is anyone safe?

As Abby Kaplan, the Insurance Investigator discovers, the answer to that question is no. Lucky for her, she has agility, speed and intelligence on her side. The Hit Man Dax, however, never loses. Ever.

“If She Wakes” by Michael Koryta is one heck of a thrilling ride d
Holly  B
A college student, Tara Beckley, finds herself entangled in a sinister plot when her part-time job gives her the assignment of transporting a professor to a conference.

The tension builds as they travel along and you just know something is just not quite right.  Wild ride ahead...

Things go horribly wrong, some bad dudes are on the hunt for information and it turns into an action-packed, dodging bullets and run for your life ride. The beginning pieces of the puzzle start to emerge as the events
Chelsea Humphrey
This wasn't a bad book, but I'm starting to feel that I'm just not 100% compatible with Michael Koryta's new books. This is a shame, because I'm an avid cheerleader of all his older works, and perhaps this makes me biased, but it's tough to engage with your standard mob thriller when you know an author can offer so much more than your run-of-the-mill gangster plot. This also felt a smidge too long, and if it had been shaved down a little to provide a snappy, faster paced reading experience, I ma ...more
3.5 stars

I was a big fan of this author’s Lincoln Perry series but it’s been a while so I was happy to get my hands on his latest stand alone. For me this was very much a book of 2 halves. I see you squinting at me so I’ll try to explain but first, the 411.

“Nineteen minutes before her brain and body parted ways, Tara Beckley’s concern was the cold.”

Got your attention? That’s the opening line & you may wonder if it might be a good idea not to get too attached to poor Tara. No worries. After a
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too bad this high octane thriller fizzles at the end like an evaporating mist.! -1. Write a stronger end, Mr. Koryta! 8 of 10 stars

Many thanks to Little Brown for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

So much of the terrain is unknown, but none of it is unknowable.
There is a critical difference in that.

When I say this book went at breakneck speed, what I mean is it literally was so fast and twisty that, at one point, I literally snapped my head up and gasped so quickly that I headed my neck pop.

This definitely isn't your average thriller even though it did have all the tropes of one. If She Wakes takes the b
Patrice Hoffman
Michael Koryta has grown to be one of my favorite suspense writers over the last few years. His novels are intricately woven with thrilling characters, plowing through a plot that just won't let go. If She Wakes does not disappoint.

Tara Beckley is given the responsibility of welcoming a professor who's scheduled to give a speech at her college in Maine. One moment she's wondering why the professor is behaving so strangely, and the next, she's a prisoner in her own body. A fatal crash leaves her
Kat Dietrich

If She Wakes by Michael is a psychological thriller

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Little, Brown and Company, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Tara Beckley, a student at Hammel College, is currently escorting a rather tense Dr. Armandi Oltamu, back to the school so he can speak to the students on “batteries”. On the way,
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Tara is tasked with one thing - get a VIP to his destination by a certain time. So why did that VIP die and she in a coma? Clearly something is afoot. The crappy thing about being in a coma, besides the obvious.... being trapped inside (locked-in syndrome) while your memories start to come back but no way to communicate or let anyone around her know she's actually in there. HELLOOOOO!

Dax - young, scary and eerily calm... didn't quite fulfill the job he was assigned and now he has to clean up the
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one.

Surprisingly, my favorite character was Tara - and she was basically locked in her own body.

Definitely some surprises throughout and it was nicely twisty.

I was a little less enthralled with the reason behind everything, but the book kept my interest. I simply had to keep reading to find out how everything would end.

A good read.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, actually.

To the best of my recollection, I've read only one other book by Michael Koryta (Rise the Dark in 2016, to which I gave 5 stars). And "Short Story," which he co-wrote with Karin Slaughter for the 2017 Matchup compilation was my favorite of the bunch. So it was that I was delighted to get an advance review copy of this book from the publisher (via NetGalley). In fact, I stayed delighted all the way through the nonstop action; when I got within shouting distance of the end, not
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tara Beckley is escorting a professor to speak at her university when tragedy strikes. A runaway van collides with Tara’s CR-V instantly killing the professor and sending Tara careening into a nearby river. A short time later, Tara awakens to discover she is fully conscious and aware but unable to communicate with the outside world – a victim of “locked-in syndrome”.

Private Investigator Abby Kaplan has been hired by the university to look into the accident and remove any shred of liability on th
Jon Recluse
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
A tragic auto accident in a Maine college town has left a visiting professor dead, and his senior escort, Tara Beckley with locked in syndrome.....fully conscious, but unable to move.
And in extreme danger.
An accident that may not have been accidental, yet didn't go the way it should have.
Someone is out to clean up the mess....and the bodies begin to drop....

Koryta's latest is an engaging thriller that takes Murphy's Law for a breakneck ride, which the author masterfully keeps right at the edge o
Kalyn Woodbury
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Disappointingly, especially because I did enjoy the writing, I just couldn't get into this story. At all. Too many side stories, and too many characters that I didn't care about. I'll have to look into other novels by Koryta because If She Wakes surely can't be his best work.

If She Wakes begins with Tara Beckley, a senior in college, driving an important man to an event. A horrific accident occurs, which leaves the man dead and Tara in a coma with locked-in syndrome, seemingly brain dead to
This is a classic example of what happens when authors deviate from what they do best to fit into a box of what the reading audience is looking for at the moment. Unfortunately, Michael Koryta did this with his latest stand-alone novel "If She Wakes." As psychological thrillers seem to be the norm now-a-days doesn't mean every author can or needs to write one. Mr. Koryta's "Lincoln Perry" series is wonderful and he should just stick with what he does best. **Net Galley and the publisher provided ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Michael Koryta for years. When I first started my blog, I was enamored with the way he mixed supernatural elements into the plots of his thrillers. More recently, Koryta has cranked out new standalone mysteries, eschewing the temptation of settling into a regular series in favor of original plots and characters. I enjoyed How It Happened so much that I instantly vowed to read whatever he came up with next. Koryta's publisher generously provided me a copy of If She Wakes, which ...more
Bonnie Brody
Tara Beckley is a college student who committed to delivering Amandi Oltamu to his keynote presentation on campus. He asks her for the scenic tour on the way to campus and appears agitated and worried about something. At one point, they stop and Dr. Oltamu asks if he can take a picture of Tara. She sees that his phone is different from any other she's observed and, right after he snaps her photo and she locks the phone in her glove compartment at his request, he is killed by a car that rams into ...more
Susanne Gulde
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Little, Brown & Co. for the digital review copy through Edelweiss.
I could not put this book down! I love all the strong female characters and I couldn't wait to read what happened with all of them. There is also a seriously creepy villain. I will definitely be acquiring this book for our library and recommending it to patrons and friends.
Darcia Helle
If She Wakes is a multi-layered psychological thriller. Because there are so many different facets to this story, it takes a while for all the pieces to start fitting together. Initially, it might feel like there are too many different subplots, but once they connect the story is an intense roller coaster ride.

I found the parts featuring Tara and locked-in syndrome to be both compelling and disturbing. Despite her character never leaving the bed, she brought a lot of emotion and intensity to the
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first few chapters have scenes and characters that are seemingly unrelated. Senior college student Tara Beckley picks up a professor to deliver to a keynote presentation. The professor asks her to stop so he can take pictures and he asks her to lock his phone in the dash pocket of her car. They are broadsided by a van.

In the second chapter, Lisa Boone is at the airport waiting for some unknown person to fly in. Next, Dax Blackwell kills Carlos Ramirez. Turns out Carlos is the driver of the
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to Koryta's novels when I read an ARC of How it Happened. So when this title popped up, I knew I had to have it! The book focuses on Tara, a young student who is volunteering her time to guide a guest speaker to his destination when an horrific car accident leaves him dead and her in a coma with locked in syndrome; she can't move or speak but can see, hear, and is aware of everything going on around her. Enter Abby, a retired race car driver and a kick-ass, somewhat "broke ...more
Jun 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If She Wakes is a psychological thriller of the creepiest kind. Abbie, a college student, was in an accident with a visiting professor. This accident is possibly not accidental at all. The professor is dead. Abbie is in a coma. She's physically unable to do anything, but she's mentally aware of everything. This freaked me out. It's like the worst claustrophobic situation imaginable. Just stuck. Knowing you are trapped but can't possibly escape. Ahhh!!! I'm major claustrophobic, and this was hard ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-1/2 Stars.
Michael Koryta did it again - he gave us a page-turner with lots of suspense.
There is a loose connection to some characters we met in "Those Who Wish Me Dead". And my reason for deducting 1/2 a star is that the plot in "If She Wakes" repeats a plot twist that was employed in the earlier novel. A character we assume to be a "good guy" turns out to be a "bad guy" instead. That was very effectively done in "Those Who Wish Me Dead", but repeating that twist in "If She Wakes" appeared l
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audio
**I received a Listener's Copy from Libro.FM and an eArc from Edelweiss**

I love Michael Koryta since I was introduced to his novels by a Stephen King Summer Reads list. I loved his book Rise the Dark, and If She Wakes was even more edge-of-your-seat tension. I loved, loved, loved all of the strong female characters (Tara and her sister, Abby), and I loved the plot.
Chris DiLeo
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick Review:
This high-octane thriller gives you everything you want in a great story: an irresistible hook, realistic characters, believable surprises, and one heck of a finale.

Longer review:
There's a scene in Michael Koryta's latest thriller, IF SHE WAKES, in which a violent sociopath admonishes another character for asking obvious questions: "Who are you? What do you want? It gets tedious to be the guy with the gun" (145). In less skilled hands, a reader might sympathize, but we are in the
Donna Hines
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Remember the dream you're falling off a cliff, or the one in which you want to scream but can't for whatever reason...Ahhh the power of the mind!
YES!! This is what we have here as Tara a senior in college finds herself behind the eight ball when her car accident leaves her in a vegetative state, or was she brain dead, perhaps she's locked in, and wait she's also a coma crime stopper all rolled into one.
I know it's a lot to swallow but before you take that pill remember this - nothing is ever as
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If suspense, mystery, non stop action and a factor of 10 for unputdownabilty sounds good to you, then you're going to want to pick up Michael Koryta's latest book, If She Wakes.

University student Tara is chauffeuring a visiting lecturer to his next talk when they are involved in a terrible accident. The lecturer is killed and Tara is grievously injured and left in a brain dead state - or so it appears. Abby is a insurance adjuster battling her own demons. But she is certain that the crash was no
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew when I saw If She Wakes by Michael Koryta that I wanted to read it. I own (and enjoyed) How It Happened and Those Who Wish Me Dead, so I appreciated the chance to read the latest offering thanks to Little, Brown & Company and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

In this latest thriller from Mr Koryta, a student named Tara Beckley is driving a visiting guest speaker to a conference at the college she attends. A grisly car accident leaves her in a coma and the visiting speaker dea
Although I enjoyed this book, for me it just didn't measure up to his previous works. The chapters leading up to the conclusion were fast paced and gripping and I ended up staying up to 1:30am to finish it but overall it didn't capture my imagination .Tara is assigned to escort a visiting professor to a lecture who was acting strangely. He was going to present a keynote address about batteries and solar panels.However, they were rammed down and Tara was paralyzed and developed locked in syndrome ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an action packed, tense thriller this was. Mr Koryta’s writing always keeps me glued to the pages, trying to anticipate what will happen next. In this book I did become quite attached to a few of the characters and I found myself cheering them on. The psychopath crazies, I couldn’t wait to see how or if they would get the punishment they so deserved.
This is the third book in a row I’ve read that involves severe head injuries, (not my intention, it’s just how my line up of books landed). Wit
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Michael Koryta (pronounced Ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times-bestselling author of 14 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash, and Scott Smith among many others, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Boo ...more
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