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If She Wakes by Michael Koryta
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really liked it
bookshelves: arc, astoria-bookshop-arcs

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 mess others think he created and that he just shrugs off. It's in his blood. He's devious, smart, quick and undeterred. I fear for anyone who comes across him or gets in his way.

This is my first Koryta and I've heard nothing but amazing things about his books. Honestly, I'm surprised I haven't picked up one of his novels before but there's no time like the present, right? I can tell you that I absolutely love his writing style. Very easy to read, you get engaged with each character and the dialogue was honestly my favorite part. I don't know how this would compare to his previous work but I guarantee I'll pick up more by Koryta moving forward. I did feel this particular story could've been shorted just a teeny bit - especially as the ending felt slightly rushed. I also didn't understand why that very last chapter was necessary. I feel like maybe I missed something somewhere?

Here's something that I adored about this book - very strong women characters.. and Dax. **wink** The banter between Dax and Abby, and Tara's sister, Shannon, with everyone was really fun to read. I love snarky, smart women. The locked-in syndrome gave me SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney vibes. I don't know what it is about this that I just find so fascinating. Maybe it's from watching SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW eons ago and thinking that would be one of the worst things to happen to someone. Who knows?!

Those who like thrillers that have that mob mentality / trapped in your body vibe, then this is absolutely the read for you.

Thank you Little Brown for this copy.
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Reading Progress

April 17, 2019 – Started Reading
April 17, 2019 – Shelved
April 17, 2019 – Shelved as: astoria-bookshop-arcs
April 17, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
April 20, 2019 – Finished Reading

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