Reviews for books like this need to be vague because it would be easy to spoil the book. A note here: As I read others’ reviews before writing my own, several of the top ones spoil certain aspects. So I advise not reading reviews if you want to be surprised. (It defeats me writing a review, but I promise, it’s spoiler free.)
Imagine waking up, seeing a note on your hands saying, “stay awake,” and you have no memory of how you got to where you are. Everything is different, even down to how you look, and you realize you’re missing two years. Additionally, you learn someone has been murdered, and you’re the prime suspect.
I read Goldin’s two previous books, so I knew I would enjoy this one. I can’t even imagine the constant state of confusion Liv was in. Her confusion and fear leaped off the page. Goldin writes in-depth characters and a tense storyline that keeps you flipping pages long after bedtime. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.
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About the Book
A murder she doesn’t remember committing. A killer she doesn’t remember meeting. Megan Goldin’s Stay Awake is an electrifying novel that proves memory can be deadly.
Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at the door of her brownstone, a stranger answers—a stranger who claims to live in her apartment. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing. In its place is a bloodstained knife. Her hands are covered in scribbled messages, like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.
Two years ago, Liv was thriving as a successful writer for a trendy magazine. Now, she’s lost and disoriented in a New York City that looks nothing like what she remembers. Catching a glimpse of the local news, she’s horrified to see reports of a crime scene where the victim’s blood has been used to scrawl a message across a window, similar to the message that’s inked on her hands. What did she do last night? And why does she remember nothing from the past two years? Liv finds herself on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing. But there’s someone who does know exactly what she did, and they’ll do anything to make her forget—permanently.
A complex thriller that unfolds at a breakneck speed, Stay Awake will keep you up all night.