Title: Try Not to Breathe
Author: Holly Seddon
Rating: 4 / 5 Hearts
Amazon: USA | UK
Fifteen year old Amy Stevenson is trapped forever in a vegetative state after being kidnapped, sexually molested and left for dead. Alex Dale is a freelance reporter, a functioning alcoholic who is barely keeping it together. Jacob, Amy’s boyfriend when she was abducted, now has his own wife and child to think about, but can’t seem to move on and leave her behind completely. These are complicated, deep characters with serious emotional issues. Damaged characters can sometimes seem overdone, or unrealistic, but I think that Holly Seddon has captured their characters perfectly. Each character has a flawed, but very believable voice.
Although slated as a psychological thriller, it felt to me more like an investigative character-driven drama. Of course, the book centers around the crime and on discovering who did it, but the procedural investigation didn’t really draw me in as much as the characters. Watching Alex develop and confront her own demons whilst being driven to find the truth for Amy captivated me, so well was it written. “Try Not to Breathe” is a compelling psychological and investigative drama that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.