Wednesday 11 November 2020

Book Review: If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch book cover

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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.

If I Die Before I Wake is a truly original idea and a highly unique thriller. The book drags you in right from the very start, setting a fast pace that is maintained throughout. 

The story is told from the point of view of Alex, a comatose patient trapped in his own body. As he lays motionless in his hospital bed, Alex reflects on his life, his career, and his relationships. However, Alex's internal monologue is disrupted by the news that the police are reopening the investigation into his accident. As the tension escalates, Alex's brain kicks into overdrive, willing his body to respond and let him help his loved ones in danger. 

It's an exciting and thrilling story, yet one that is told in an imaginative way. As more and more clues, evidence, and events slowly come to life, Alex pieces together the real story behind what happened on the day of his accident. It is surprising and unexpected, full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the very end! 

Although mystery and suspense are key themes in the book, additional - and perhaps surprising - elements are also present. Alex is frustrated with his situation, yet he gradually comes to terms with his condition and prepares himself to welcome death. His family, friends, and girlfriend Bea are reluctant to make that final decision to end Alex's life, resulting in a heartbreaking example of love, loss, and the pain of letting go for the last time.

These sad, bittersweet undertones bring a much more emotional side to the story. Alongside the desperation to solve the mystery, this creates a beautiful contrast which acts as a testament to the author's talent. It is a story of contradictions - sad yet sweet, love and loss, and a fast-paced plot yet time drags by for Alex.

Remarkable and original, If I Die Before I Wake is a must-read mystery thriller.

Rating: 4 stars

If I Die Before I Wake is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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