Author: Alice Feeney
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 262 pages; 10 hours (audiobook)
Level of difficulty: 3/5 Dictionaries
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her. However, no one has any idea. As we alternative between Amber’s present, the day of the accident, and her past we learn what happens to her alongside her and find out a lot more.
Goodness, gracious! What a book! I didn’t read the synopsis, so I didn’t prepare myself for what I would be getting into – it is not for the faint of heart.
The book’s first half does the story a disservice because it is a slow pace. The second half of the book had so so many twists. The execution of these plot twists made me give the book four starts. I didn’t, however, like that the book is read from the perspective of an unreliable narrator when the topic of sexual assault is discussed. This brings me to trigger warnings: sexual assault, death, alcoholism, and stalking. I also didn’t gravitate much to the idea that the character was in a coma but was conscious – she could hear what people were saying around her, process information and “wake up” though her eyes were closed. It doesn’t seem feasible which threatens the story world as Amber’s state is the foundation of the book.
It would be interesting to read an analysis of this book from a psychological perspective / using psychological theories – there could be so much to discuss. I also think this is a book that one would better understand by reading a second time.
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