Book Review: Don’t Wake Up By Liz Lawler

December 27, 2017 Book Reviews, Fall, Horror 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Don’t Wake Up By Liz LawlerDon't Wake Up by Liz Lawler
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on May 25th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley

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.

So compulsive you can't stop reading.

So chilling you won't stop talking about it.

A pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller.



Ok, wow. I have to say, the first few pages of this took me by surprise. I guess I wasn’t totally prepared, even after reading the synopsis, for what was going to happen to Alex. This made me really unhappy, which is wonderful for the author, horrible for me!

I love psychological thrillers, but this one hit me in some wrong places. Talk about triggered! There are some awful themes in this that are difficult to read about.

That said, I sped read through most of this. That beginning portion just would not get out of my mind, but not in a way that made me not want to put the book down, but in a way that made me not want to pick the book back up! I am still doing a review because I honestly believe that the author did a brilliant job of writing this psychological thriller, and although I couldn’t stomach it, I’m SURE there are many readers that will want to read this.

The plot of the story is good, and even made me curious how Alex was going to clear her name. I was extremely unhappy with one of the cops, who refused to believe anything Alex said and even went so far as to go behind her supervisor’s back just to implicate Alex. I was already devastated from the beginning and now we have this moron who won’t even do her job!? I kept screaming at the book, ugh she was so irritating! Laura… eww, not my favorite character.

Like I said, I kind of sped read through this due to the graphicness of the plot. I can normally handle most things, I do love my psychological thrillers and horror, and geez I just read about a starving pregnant lady having to eat maggots, like I have a strong stomach, but I still could not handle this one. There are so many reasons why, and none of them have to do with the writing. Yes, this is a it’s me, not you, letter to the author. I just want those that enjoy psychological thrillers to know they’ll have a crazy ride on their hands and to prepare themselves. It gets gruesome. Hell, it starts gruesome!

In short: I definitely recommend this to those that enjoy psychological thrillers. Brace yourself for a bumpy ride!





Liz Lawler had a 20-year career as a nurse before becoming a general manager of a five star hotel. She found it an easy transition as she used the same greeting to both patient and hotel guest ‘Good morning. did you sleep well?’ she loves books and all things bookish!








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