Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Try Not to BreatheTry Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know how to write this review. I received the book back in September through NetGalley and tried to read it multiple times. The book was tedious at times, and I would put it down and try again a few weeks later. Finally, I realized I was going to have to skip multiple pages (chapters) and found that after was familiar with the main characters I was able to skip those chapters without any problems with getting the content of the book.
We follow Alex Dale, a journalist with an alcohol addiction, who begins writing an article on Dr. Haynes. He has discovered that some patients in a vegetative state actually have brain activity and can communicate through direct questions while in an MRI machine. As she struggles with her addiction and the struggles after losing her marriage, she finds new meaning in life. She finds Amy, a girl she remembers as a teenager who was attacked 15 years earlier and was deemed to be in a vegetative state. Alex finds strength while using detective skills she didn’t realize she had as she writes an article for the paper. The families and friends didn’t want to be involved with interviews in the beginning because they had struggled so much during the actual attack.
I did enjoy how the author came up with the idea of patients in a vegetative state actually having ways to communicate. I like the tennis match visual for answering the questions. I like how this helped Amy be involved in the process of finding her attacker, and helping to bring them to justice. I did like the resolution of the characters in the end.

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