A harrowing psychological thriller debut about a woman who awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and who must try to convince everyone of what really happened.
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. Disoriented and alarmed, she assumes she's been anesthetized and brought to surgery after being in an accident. But the man standing over her, with his face hidden behind a surgical mask and wielding instruments, is no doctor she recognizes at the hospital where she works as a successful and respected doctor. He’s a stranger—and he’s calmly and methodically telling 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 comes to on a gurney, she finds herself surrounded by her colleagues and 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.
Until she meets the next victim…
An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, Don't Wake Up is also a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture.
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.
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Don't Wake Up
Plenty of suspense, drama, and a believable plot! Great first book!