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Review: TRY NOT TO BREATHE, Holly Seddon

Try Not To Breathe, by Holly Seddon. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

“Palpable tension & touchingly heart-breaking moments”


Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she's cut herself off from everything but her one true love - drink. Until she's forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy.

Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.

Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma...


I started Try Not To Breathe, by Holly Seddon, as an audiobook, and got into it so much that I couldn’t wait for it to finish and had to buy the book on Kindle, so keen was I to whizz to the end. That says a lot about the storyline, doesn’t it!

Troubled characters all with very different problems and personalities mix together as past and present collide in this novel. Holly Seddon creates realistic, palpable tension, and touchingly heart-breaking moments of honesty. The seamlessly woven plot never felt boring or plodding.

Also, I have to admit I loved the references to when the coma girl, Amy, was young…because this was around my era, too, and it brought back so many memories!

A fabulous read, I would definitely recommend.

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