Try Not To Breathe

Try Not to Breathe: A Novel - Holly Seddon

She liked her drink, and the ones that followed. In fact, while tethering herself with her booze, she’s loss her husband and her career and now she’s trying to put herself back together. Carefully measuring her alcohol and timing her consumption, she thinks she’s in control, but as she awakens some mornings swaddled in bed with her empty bottles, she surveys the damage. She’s already hit rock bottom and she’s trying to climb out. No longer able to hold a day job, freelancing pays her bills. Spotting a familiar face, her memories are not failing her; she recalls the case that this woman was involved in. It was a significant case that has not been solved yet.   Excitement builds within her as she’s sees the potential surrounding her. As a reporter, this could be Alex’s big story, the story that could help her dig her way out from despair. It’s been fifteen years since anyone has analyzed this case file and although Alex does not have the proper credentials to do so, this does not stop her. Utilizing her reporting techniques, Alex knows she has the right contacts to get the job done.


I liked how the author pulled the characters together to create this story.   There is Jacob the man who sits with Amy who was the victim in the story. Lying in her vegetative state, Jacob has been visiting Amy for years. I liked Jacob, he is consistent, he is trust-worthy and I liked what he stood for. Fiona is Jacob’s wife and I wanted to smack this woman countless times while reading this story. I realize she was pregnant but geez, her accusative rambling and constant battering at Jacob put me over the edge.   The author put together a wonderful cast of characters to string me along as I read. I didn’t want to believe that any of these individuals could be guilty of Amy’s felony but someone had to commit the crime.   The idea of having a patient in a vegetative state was a great concept that the author added to this novel, it made me think of my own feelings about this subjects as I read how the characters addressed this situation themselves. So who did it? Fifteen years later was Alex able to solve the mystery that left Amy unable to care for herself? Why did it take so long for someone to address this situation?

Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest opinion.