Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Stay Awake - Megan Goldin

I've really enjoyed Megan Goldin's previous suspense titles and was quite happy to pick up her latest - Stay Awake.

Goldin has come up with some great premises and this latest is no exception! Liv wakes up in a taxi with no idea of how she got there. And why there is writing on her hands and arms. And the boldest letters spell out 'Stay Awake." I was hooked!

The reader is alongside Liv as she tries to make sense of what's happening to her. And there's much more than just writing on her arms and hands. She desperately tries to not fall asleep, but it's inevitable. And every time she wakes up, she's back to the beginning. Just imagine yourself in Liv's shoes! 

But as a reader, we can remember and start to piece together what has happened to Liv. Or can we? Goldin has woven together a devious plot that will keep the reader turning pages, changing their guess and staying awake late into the night as more and more is revealed. I appreciate not being able to guess the final 'whodunit' early on in a book. 

Yes, there's one or two things that require a grain of salt. But just go with it. Stay Awake is great escapist reading, perfect for summertime back porch reading. See for yourself - read an excerpt of Stay Awake. 


Kay said...

This one has been on my list for a bit. I do look forward to reading it! ;-)

Ethan said...

I really enjoyed this one too, though I did find Liv's daily routine of trying to remember the previous events a bit repetitive. The detectives though really helped sell this one to me. I'd love to see more of them!

Luanne said...

Kay, we really do have the same taste! Enjoy!

Ethan, I go agree with you on the 'recaps. And yes, more of the detectives please!