Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake Up

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.The man who stands over her isn't a doctor.The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.And then she meets the next victim.So compulsive you can't stop reading.So chilling you won't stop talking about it....

Details Don't Wake Up

TitleDon't Wake Up
Release DateMay 25th, 2017
PublisherBonnier Zaffre
Number of pages320 pages
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Reviews Don't Wake Up

  • Kaceey
    A well-crafted thriller!Dr. Alex Taylor awakens to find herself alone in an operating room. Strapped down to the operating table with only a sheet covering her otherwise naked body, she has no idea how she got here. Why is she here? Suddenly she sees someone in the room with her. When she calls out, the person behind the mask just stares at her. Why won’t anyone help her? All she has to do is answer one simple question."What does NO mean?"When ...
  • Linda Strong
    When Dr. Alex Taylor wakes up, she finds herself tied to an operating table. She has no memory of how she got there, nor does she know why. There is a man standing over her ..asking one question. When Alex awakes for a second time she is in the hospital, with her colleagues surrounding her. She was found knocked out in the parking lot next to a broken tree limb. She is unhurt other than a bump on the back of her head. But no one will believe her ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    This was a fast read for me, in many ways your typical psychological thriller but it was superbly menacing and I give it extra points for being quite unpredictable - not necessarily on the "whodunnit" level, although Liz Lawler does a great job of obfuscating things - but more because it didn't feel at all like things would necessarily work out for our main protagonist. Did all come good in the end? Well you'll have to read to find out.It has tha...
  • Lee
    I enjoyed this book right from the beginning. It has a fast pace and kept making you question what was going on which always intrigues me when this happens, quite unpredictable with a mysterious edge. Bodies are piling up and it all becomes quite addictive. A well developed thriller which builds to a very exciting end. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.
  • Holly B
    4.5 STARS This book gripped me from the first page! Alex is the main character. She wakes up blinded by bright lights and discovers that she is in her own hospital and her body is covered in drapes. Her arms tied down with velcro. She freezes when she discovers that she is naked and her ankles are held up in stirrups. Very mysterious circumstances. Someone in a surgical gown is handling surgical instruments. Alex asks him "What is wrong with me."...
  • Sara M. Abudahab
    Dr. Alex Taylor wakes up one day strapped on an operating table, she realizes that she is naked and that she was anesthetized, she can only see her surgeon's eyes since he has a surgical mask on, after she asks him if she had been in an accident and he declines he asks her "what would a "No" mean?" and lets her struggle to answer then Alex dozes off.After that she was found unconscious on the street, the doctors examined her and she has no signs ...
  • Selene
    3.5 starsGenre: Mystery & ThrillerSetting: Bath, EnglandPOVs: (view spoiler)[Shifting, 3rd person (hide spoiler)]Triggers: Yes. (view spoiler)[Animal cruelty. (hide spoiler)]Alex Taylor is a highly skilled physician with a great career and a fiancé who matches her equally in education and status. Her life seems fairly comfortable until the moment when she's kidnapped and strapped to a table in a somewhat familiar environment. She endures the tor...
  • Bibliophile Book Club
    Saw this one on Netgalley and I thought it would be an interesting break from the norm in terms of it being a medical thriller on top of everything else. That being said, I still didn’t know what to expect with this book.Don’t Wake Up is a very fast-paced book with plenty of action. Set in a hospital environment, it follows Dr. Alex Taylor in the aftermath of a horrifying incident that has happened to her. When those around her think she’s ...
  • Morgan
    What a premise for a thriller! Waking up to discover you're incapacitated, naked and prepped for an unknown surgery, with a doctor/killer about to cut you open--then waking again fully intact with no one believing what had happened. It's still quite the premise, but one that isn't fully explored and exploited in this particular novel.I believe one of the hooks is that with no evidence to support the kidnapping/surgery, the reader along with suppo...
  • Annika
    What a gruesome mindfuck of a debut novel by author Liz Lawler.I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started this, but certainly not a psychological thriller as gripping and torturous as this turned out to be.It was so painful to witness the protagonist, a strong, ambitious doctor's seemingly perfect life spin out of control so easily in the span of a few days after being abducted by an unknown perpetrator. Frustrating to witness her lose her ...
  • Lisa Houston
    Loved it. Different to other books ive read recently. And it was a great change. Loved the storyline and it kept me intrigued throughout. Funny how you start to imagine whos doing this and i got it so wrong in the end. Very different to books ive read recently and that was refreshing. Felt so sorry for the main character Alex,. Having everyone around her disbelieve her. Very powerful story.
  • 3 no 7
    “Don’t Wake Up” by Liz Lawler is a medical-based thriller. The preview summary of the book grabbed me at once. A doctor wakes up and finds she is a patient in her own hospital ….. or is she? “Gut-wrenching fear ripped, and her breathing turned ragged as the fought the panic. How seriously was she injured? Was she dying? Was that why no one was around her?” What follows is a frantic search for her assailant despite no one, not friends,...
  • Rebecca Shelton
    OMG, this book was bloody fantastic, one of my favourite reads this year, can't believe this was a debut author it was that good and believe me I read a lot of fiction.Don't wake up by Liz Lawler was one of those stories that is impossible to put down. I was awake half the night reading, as this was such a compulsive story and I just had to know what was going to happen next.To summarise we have Dr Alex Taylor, A doctor working A&E. One night upo...
  • Hayley
    Dr Alex Taylor wakes up strapped to an operating table with no idea how she got there. She hears a mans voice asking her what the word no means. She only knows that his questions have sinister consequences and then is unconscious.She wakes again in hospital surrounded by her concerned colleagues. She describes her ordeal and isn't believed. Not even by her boyfriend. Then several weeks later a pregnant nurse goes missing for days and when she tur...
  • Dee Ryan
    This story centers around Dr.Alex Taylor. She wakes in an operating theatre. She has no memory of how she got there. She soon realises that it is not what it seems and her life is in danger. When she awakens again she is in her own hospital with her friends looking after her. Sure of what happened to her she watches as one by one her friends and colleagues start to disbelieve her story....surely it's not all in her head. Add into the mix a missin...
  • Samantha Dilliway
    Many thanks to NetGalley for allowing me a preview of this book in return for an honest review.Alex Taylor has accomplished a lot in her 28 years, she is in a happy relationship, a well respected Doctor and a qualified helicopter pilot to boot. Life is great until one night Alex is knocked unconscious in the hospital car park, she awakens to the horror that she has been abducted, on awakening the second time in her very own A & E department her f...
  • Jean Martin
    Rating: 4.5/5 starsWhere to start with this one? Well, the description really had me interested in this book and it didn't let me down. I loved the storyline but I wasn't a fan of how some of it was written. Other than that it was a very suspenseful thriller. It follows Alex Taylor after she's been found in the parking lot of the hospital she works in. She tries to convince everyone that she had been abducted and that the murders that are takin...
  • Susan
    Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.The man who stands over her isn't a doctor.The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story.Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, Alex begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.OMG absolutely fantastic read with brilliant charac...
  • Aly
    "What does "NO" mean"? Waking up on a an operating table strapped down for a procedure you didn't consent to. This book was very thrilling for me! I enjoyed it very much. What really happens in the room on the operating table? Did anything happen was it all just a hallucination? Is anything real? I think this is a best thriller I have read in a while and it kept me on the edge of my seat. * I received this book from Netgalley and this is my hones...
  • Rick
    Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to preview this book. I enjoyed it, but something seemed missing. Perhaps a little too melodramatic. I loved that it takes place in Bath, which I have visited more than once, but again, it was a good story, but not great. Still worthwhile.
  • jendlo
    Another 2017 novel with a questionably mentally ill protagonist who drinks, but written in the third person, in simple prose. It's almost like a throwback to psychological thrillers gone-by. (Although quite different, it brings to mind Devil's Waltz, with the most famous Dr. Alex in this genre.)Casual grip-lit readers (who don't mind characters having the same names and traits as those in previous books in this category ((view spoiler)[Oliver Rya...
  • Julia
    B.L.O.O.D.Y. H.E.L.L. This book is a-ma-zing! It grabbed me from the first page and I could barely put it down. Even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. The story is thrilling, compelling and pretty terrifying. It is really well written; the characters' thoughts, feelings and situations are clearly described and each one is fully rounded and believable. I can't wait to see what Liz Lawler does next! Thank you so much to NetGalley a...
  • Jai
    This story was crazy and oh-so compelling! The plot was so well structured that I was hooked from the beginning and did most of my reading during my commute to and from work. I can only imagine how weird and annoying my fellow commuters thought I was every time I emit an audible gasp on the underground, as the narrative took one creepy turn after another. A couple times, I found myself staring in horror at my Kindle, appalled by the seriously cre...
  • Aleasha
    Don't Wake Me Up by Liz Lawler is a gripping thriller that hooked me in right from the beginning. Dr Alex Taylor wakes up tied down to a hospital bed and is assaulted. Then she wakes up back in the hospital where she works and seemingly nothing happened to her. None of her friends, colleagues and partner believe anything happened to her. Alex begins spiraling when more creepy things start happening and she thinks that it is all connected to what ...
  • TheCraftyLass
    What’s the story?Dr Alex Taylor has it all. A promising career, good looks, the respect of her colleagues, stylish apartment, close friends, brains, new car, gorgeous veterinarian boyfriend Patrick, she can even fly a helicopter.But all that starts to crumble the night it happens.After coming off shift, she changes for a date with Patrick (she even thinks this might be the night he proposes) and heads out to the hospital carpark to meet him. Th...
  • Kath
    4.5 StarsThis is your typical psychological thriller where the main character is slowly suffering someone's ill will, yet no one believes her. It also happens to be quite a good example of the same.Alex leaves work one night to meet her boyfriend, she wakes up and finds herself tied to an operating table, the person looming over her asks her a question, the answer to which will determine what happens next. Alex next comes round in front of her ho...
  • Katherine
    I love the cover for this book. It's very like a lot of covers for thrillers at the moment, but it catches my eye and intrigues me. I also think the title is very compelling so I was really keen to read this one and find out more!It's a great premise for a book - the opening is very clever and it takes a while for the reader and the protagonist to work out what is going on. There's something familiar about the scene yet something very wrong. Very...
  • Lynsey Summers
    This novel has one of the most eerie opening chapters I think I have read.  It takes, what I would assume to be most peoples fear, and lays it bare on a page.  Alex Taylor, hospital doctor, wakes up and finds herself on an operating table - as if that is scary enough on it's own, she finds this isn't an accident, she is there for a reason, someone is very upset with her and wants to make her pay.Of course, Alex - for reasons unknown to her - is...