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If She Wakes is the definition of great suspense writing!
Alfred Hitchcock explains that the difference between “suspense” and “surprise” hinges on how much the audience knows, that the characters do not. Michael Koryta is a master at this. Every chapter evolves to create a mounting tension that keeps you reading until the very last page.
The characters in If She Wakes are so original and compelling, none more so than the mysterious young killer Dax Blackwell. Koryta does such an amazing job of creating his characters, each with their own faults and admirable features, that I had a hard time not liking the young hit man, and at times forgot about his ruthlessness. The characters have an equally difficult time reconciling this assassin with his youthful appearance and the contradiction that is this central character makes for a thrilling read.
— Lauren Messamore
Two women fight for their lives against an enigmatic killer in this electrifying novel from a New York Times bestselling author and "master" of thriller writing (Stephen King).
Tara Beckley is a senior at idyllic Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to deliver a visiting professor to a conference, a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara in a vegetative state. At least, so her doctors think. In fact, she's a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead -- but why? And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them?
Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is hired by the college to look in to Tara's case. A former stunt driver, Abby returned home after a disaster in Hollywood left an actor dead and her own reputation -- and nerves -- shattered. Despite the fog of trauma, she can tell that Tara's car crash was no accident. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a mysterious young hit man named Dax Blackwell hard on her heels.
Full of pulse-pounding tension, If She Wakes is a searing, breakneck thriller from the genre's "best of the best" (Michael Connelly).
One of South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Best Mystery Books of 2019!
"An edgy suspense story...that brilliantly plays on the primal fear of being buried alive."
—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Multi-award winning author Michael Koryta again shows his affinity for smoothly melding sophisticated action with solid character development - even when one of the individuals is in a coma... Koryta is such a polished writer that his plots zip by as he delves into the amorality of Dax and the humanity of Abby and Tara, whose personality emerges, despite being paralyzed. Believable twists propel the tense "If She Wakes" as it moves to a surprising finale."
"Another superb effort...a nail-biter throughout."
"In If She Wakes
Michael Koryta gives readers not one or two but four formidable female leads...Koryta writes them with confidence, and each is someone to be reckoned with."—Shelf Awareness
"Koryta keeps the action fast and furious, tempered with his characters' determination to persevere against all odds."
"A good thriller to kick up your feet and read."
"Adept at creating Hitchcockian moments, Koryta keeps the suspense high throughout."
"It's a measure of how good this book is that the chilling, masterfully sustained suspense is only one of its standout achievements. Koryta never brushes off anyone's death; he makes you feel for the victims. The relationship between Tara and her sibling is beautifully nuanced, full of revealing details going back to their childhood. Koryta has never been better than with this knuckle-biting thriller."
"it's the human element, the stories of two young women trying to reclaim their lives, that makes If She Wakes so compelling."
—Tampa Bay Times
"Koryta tries his hand at psychological suspense with excellent results."
"Instantly gripping, with realistic action, a breath-snatching twist, and a few untied ends that hopefully signal a sequel."