If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch @EmilyKoch @vintagebooks @harvillsecker #BookReview #IfIDieBeforeIWake

This is part of my NetGalley catch up.



How Do You Solve Your Own Murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

A stunning edge-of-your-seat debut novel with an unforgettable narrator.


If I Die Before I Wake


I sometimes think that you have to read a book before you realise just how powerful the title is. Alex wasn’t asleep but his family and the doctors all thought that he was in a coma. The truth was Alex was very aware of his surroundings but unable to move or communicate with anyone. He could only see shapes as white, grey and black but he could hear alright and felt every touch.

Alex, an accomplished climber, had fallen down a rock face at a time that he wasn’t wearing a helmet, or at least that is what everyone thought but as time went on Alex was discovering new memories and reasons for someone to want him dead. But who? and why? and how could he let anyone know?

When I started this book I thought how can a whole book revolve round a hospital room with someone who can’t move or communicate, ok there were some flashbacks but so much of it took place in this little room but it is so tense, so very emotional and heart breaking for him and the people who love him. I really did get to know what a day in the life of Alex was like, the good nurses, to the ones where it was just a job and the ones that were on the brink of sadistic.

Alex’s accident wasn’t the first tragedy that the family had to deal with, each of them having very strong opinions about quality of life and treatments and when to actually let go of a loved one. I felt bonded to each of them in different ways as the story felt very personal and intimate. The highs and lows were so intense for me and I do have to admit to becoming overwhelmed by my emotions at parts of this story.

This is a highly recommended debut of this author’s book. Outstanding!

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and writer living in the UK. Her debut novel – If I Die Before I Wake – is out now. It has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award.






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