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Don't wake up : a novel, Liz Lawler

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Don't wake up : a novel
Title
Don't wake up
Title remainder
a novel
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Liz Lawler
Title variation
Do not wake up
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Language
eng
Summary
When Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes, she is hooked up to an IV, is bound to an operating table, and her legs are raised in stirrups. A man in the room claiming to be a doctor calmly and methodically tells her how he's about to attack her. Before Alex can even scream for help, she succumbs to another dose of anesthesia, rendering her unable to defend herself. When she wakes up, she immediately reports the attack and rape. The police are skeptical of her bizarre story. And after a physical exam reveals no proof of any attack, even her boyfriend has doubts. Despite Alex's adamant claims, no one believes her, leaving her to wonder if she has, in fact, lost her mind
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  • As this mind-game debut thriller opens, Dr. Alex Taylor finds herself strapped to an operating-room table, with a mysterious man preparing to perform a terrifying procedure on her. Even worse, nobody believes her afterward, and, when she continues to insist she was assaulted, her sanity comes into question. As Alex is tossed back and forth between getting on with her high-pressure life and watching her career erode as she insists on the seemingly impossible, readers will be gripped by the will-they, won’t-they frustration of waiting for the police (who have issues of their own) to accept the truth. For a good portion of the book, Alex and those around her refer to “what happened last year,” shorthand for another event that may be related to the current enigma. That mystery is sometimes awkwardly handled—wouldn’t someone mention what the event was?—but, overall, this is a compelling read with believable, memorable characters and an exciting setting that will appeal to fans of Grey’s Anatomy and psychological thrillers like Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind. -- Henrietta Verma (Reviewed 12/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 8, p85)
  • At the start of British author Lawler’s intense first novel, doctor Alex Taylor wakes up on an operating table, disoriented and constrained, and a man dressed as a doctor describes how he’s going to torture her. The last thing Alex remembers is leaving her shift at the hospital in suburban England, where she’s employed, and walking through the car park to meet her boyfriend, Patrick. When she comes to again, Alex is in her own department at the hospital, and, though she keeps explaining what’s happened to her, the story is too outlandish for anyone to believe. Her status as one of the hospital’s top doctors and her relationship with Patrick both begin to crumble, and she has to wonder whether she’s having a breakdown after all. But a breakdown doesn’t explain why people around her keep getting hurt. Lawler creates a diverse cast of characters and toggles between them seamlessly to create an exciting narrative, from the police chief inexplicably drawn to help Alex to the officer determined to lock her up. Readers will look forward to her next psychological thriller. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/03/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 49, p)
  • DEBUT Dr. Alex Taylor awakens in her own hospital's operating theater. To her horror, she realizes she's the victim of an assault in progress. Her masked captor asks, "What does 'no' mean?" The next time Alex comes to, she's in the emergency room. As she explains what happened, her boyfriend Patrick and the hospital staff react with barely contained skepticism. As the police investigation takes off, Alex goes from victim to prime suspect. When more deaths occur, her behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Lawler sets the tone immediately, with a terrifyingly uncomfortable scene that's so intense, even the most jaded crime fiction readers might cringe. Although Patrick stands by Alex, he doesn't believe her story, nor do the police. Even her closest friends question her sanity. Meanwhile, Alex is taunted by her attacker, forcing her to turn to an unlikely ally for support. VERDICT Lawler's disturbing, unconventional, and often distressing debut successfully examines the struggle for credibility even the most successful and respected women face when reporting a crime. Fans of dark psychological thrillers will find this one hard to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/18.] --Julie Whiteley (Reviewed Winter2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 21, p57)
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10755010
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
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Lawler, Liz
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6112.A984
LC item number
D66 2019
Literary form
fiction
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  • Physicians
  • Rape victims
  • Sexual abuse victims
  • Physicians
  • Rape victims
  • Sexual abuse victims
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Don't wake up : a novel, Liz Lawler
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"Originally published as Don't Wake Up in Great Britain in 2017 by Twenty7 Books"--Title page verso
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1083670386
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
362 pages
Isbn
9780062886224
Lccn
2018275121
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1083670386
Label
Don't wake up : a novel, Liz Lawler
Publication
Note
"Originally published as Don't Wake Up in Great Britain in 2017 by Twenty7 Books"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1083670386
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
362 pages
Isbn
9780062886224
Lccn
2018275121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1083670386

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