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  • An accomplished debut

    A who-dunnit story with a difference; told completely from the perspective of Alex who is trapped within his own body and with only the ability to speak to himself inside his own head trying to piece together the clues from the snippets of conversations he can hear and from his own fragmented memory as to how he got where he is. This was an intriguing read and I really enjoyed that it was told from Alex's point of view - the sense of complete frustration and, at times, desolation at being completely helpless - was excellent and, at times, heart-breaking. I imagine it was extremely difficult to write and it must have taken great restraint not to introduce other concepts or parts of the story that may have helped to move it on but would have reduced the impact of Alex's situation. This is a very original psychological mystery told in a unique way and I did feel constant anticipation that something was going to happen but, unfortunately, it never really seemed to ... well not until the end that is. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it; it's a good book with great characters and I can't fault the writing style, the flow or the concept, but it just left me with a sense of "is that it?" when I finished when I feel it could have been a fantastic book. Overall though, this is an accomplished debut novel for the author so if this book is anything to go by, I await the next with eager anticipation. Many thanks to the publisher, Random House UK Vintage Publishing, via NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Brilliant debut novel - intriguing and captivating

    This is a stunning first novel - the premise sounds weird and you wonder how such a tale could be engaging - but engaging it is - and some. I found it very hard to put down and had to try to ration myself as I didn't want to finish it in one sitting. It had me guessing right until the end. A memorable story.

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  • If I die before I wake

    Interesting perspective! And the end was what it should be.

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  • long winded

    Very good concept but it felt drawn out and I lost interest halfway through.

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  • A great thriller

    After a climbing accident Alex wakes up from a coma in hospital. The trouble is, he's the only one who knows he's awake. All the tests show he's brain dead, yet he can hear, smell and feel things. He starts trying to remember the events taken from snippets of conversations from those that visited him, trying to work out if it was an accident or did someone try to kill him? Not only is this a really good story but it makes you wonder if this has ever actually happened to anyone, something we will never know. A brilliant read from start to finish and one I highly recommend. The only gripe I have with it was all through the book they used a lower case i instead of a capital I I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. This is my honest and unbiased review

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