Review: Try Not to Breathe

If you are a fan of thrillers, this is a must-read.

Try Not to Breathe



Some secrets never die. They’re just locked away.

Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found unconscious after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. Amy Stevenson, who, unbeknownst to her doctors, remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralyzed, reliving the past.

Soon Alex’s routine includes visiting hours at the hospital, then interviews with the original suspects in the attack. But what starts as a reporter’s story becomes a personal obsession. How do you solve a crime when the only witness lived but cannot tell the tale? Unable to tear herself away from her attempt to uncover the unspeakable truth, Alex realizes she’s not just chasing a story—she’s seeking salvation.

Length: 368 Pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: February 23, 2016

About the Author

Holly Seddon

Holly Seddon was born and raised in the southwest of England and now lives in the Kent countryside with her husband and four children. Throughout her fifteen-year career, Seddon has been privileged to work in some of the UK’s most exciting newsrooms. As a freelance writer, she has been published on national newspaper websites, leading consumer websites, and in magazines. Seddon has been writing short stories since childhood. Try Not to Breathe is her first novel.


When you get into situations in thrillers where you are not only switching between multiple points of view, but you are also going back and forward in time, it gets tricky. It takes a lot of talent on the side of the author to get it just right so the reader doesn’t end up confused beyond reason. Holly Seddon nailed it. Although it might have been more helpful if she hadn’t used specific dates and maybe just stuck with months/years instead, she still did an amazing job.

If you have read other reviews by me, you know I don’t love being in too many people’s heads in a book. But one of the most captivating elements of this book was being in the head of Amy, an attack victim who ended up as a “vegetable”  and had been in this state for 15 years by the time we catch up with the present day. However, being able to feel and experience this “vegetable” state with her was so fascinating, and you learn that there is a lot more going on than she is able to convey.

The pacing was spot on, the characters were flawed but relatable, and I couldn’t put the book down. I must admit that I figured out the ending before I actually got to it, but I can’t fault her for that.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 Stars

Content ( 0 being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 4

Swear words are littered throughout the book, the most prominent one being the F-word

Violence: 2

Descriptions of past sexual assaults, but these are not graphic

Sexual: 3

References to sex and sexual encounters littered throughout the book. Nothing graphic.


Try Not to Breathe is available digitally, in paperback and hardback. Click on the image below to purchase this title.

Happy Reading!!!