If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch @EmilyKoch @VintageBooks @HarvillSecker

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So today I’m reviewing Emily Koch’s debut If I Die Before I Wake which was published last month. It’s already been a Top 20 Bestseller and Good Housekeeping has picked it as a book to thrill you!

The Blurb

How do you solve your own murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

What did I think?

How is this Emily Koch’s debut?  How!?!?! If I Die Before I Wake is something so different and thought provoking alongside an intriguing mystery to solve.

I really felt for Alex.  I can’t imagine how frustrating it is to have to listen conversations about you and in some cases at you with no right to respond or react.  And these conversations alongside Alex’s thoughts gradually drop pieces of a jigsaw to reveal who tried to kill Alex.

I don’t know if this is what it is like to be in a coma; thankfully I’ve never been in a position where I’ve been in a coma.  But the author definitely gave me a perspective of what it could be like and it’s quite a frightening one when you think that there are your nearest and dearest having to such hard decisions around medical support. I was willing Alex to give the doctors an indication he was still in there.

This is a chilling read.  The only perspective you have is Alex’s and for the majority of the story, he doesn’t interact with the other characters.  I was desperate to find out who had caused Alex to be there in the hospital bed.

Many thanks to Random House UK, Harvill Sacker, Vintage Publishing and Netgalley for my copy of If I Die Before I Wake. Emily Koch is on my list of authors to watch if this debut novel is anything to go by.

6 thoughts on “If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch @EmilyKoch @VintageBooks @HarvillSecker

  1. I love your reviews so much, ever told you that? 😀 I love it when a story is different! I feel it’s so difficult to find originality these days! You absolutely convinced me. I do not wish to get into a coma to confirm the author’s perspective but it sounds very good and I need to know more!

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