Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler @BonnierZaffre


Author : Liz Lawler
Title : Don’t Wake Up
Pages : 320
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : May 25, 2017


Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.

The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.

The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.


Don’t Wake Up kicks off with the stuff of nightmares when Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill operation, nor is she being attended by a run-of-the-mill doctor. The person standing over her has far more sinister motives. He makes her a disturbing offer but when Alex wakes up, she’s unharmed and nobody believes her story.

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 plays on quite a lot of people’s fear of waking up during surgery. But then to realise there’s something even more horrifying going on, well I may just have had a heart attack right then and there.

This is one incredible tense and gripping storyline. With an intricate plot and a potentially unreliable character, it takes you on a wild ride to figuring out the truth. It’s easy to see why Alex isn’t believed and slowly but surely she finds herself without support as her boyfriend and colleagues become convinced she’s having a breakdown.

This is a dark and disturbing story with an unstoppable but very intelligent evil person running the show. Liz Lawyer managed to make me suspect just about everyone and even though I felt the actual reveal was maybe a tad far-fetched, I was completely engrossed and couldn’t put the book down until I’d reached the quite satisfying end. The plot is brilliantly constructed and incredibly clever and it will have you hooked from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyable read!

Don’t Wake Up was published in May.

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  20 comments for “Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler @BonnierZaffre

  1. July 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

    This sounds so so so dark and twisted, I need to read it! Great review!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      What Meggy said!! Adding this one to the list!

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        Woohoo! And also slightly scary. I always worry I’ve oversold it and people will be disappointed πŸ˜„

        Liked by 1 person

        • July 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm

          Haha I worry about that sometimes too but at the end of the day you’ve gotta be honest in your review and write what you feel. If I don’t enjoy a book I’ve seen rave reviews for, I don’t hold it against the reviewers because reviews are subjective and it’s be no fun if we all thought the exact same thing all the time. We have a very similar taste in books so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it 😊


    • July 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      That’s right! Pile unto that TBR like your life depends on it! πŸ˜„

      Liked by 1 person

  2. July 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Great review! This does sound scary and maybe needs to go on my tbr mountain! πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 2 people

  3. July 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This sounds like the stuff of nightmares! But like an incredibly gripping read. Maybe with the lights all on though. Sounds fab.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I’m surprised I got through this. I hate hospitals! πŸ˜„


  4. July 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Oh wow, that sounds intense, another one to add to my list 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    July 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this one!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Yvo
    July 14, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Intense and gripping? Dark and disturbing? Where can I sign up?! This definitely sounds like something I would love as well; great review!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. July 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Wow, this sounds like a right cracker! I think I need to read this…

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      So many misses in the psychological thriller genre lately but this isn’t one of them!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. July 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm



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