Thursday, August 11, 2022

New Release! Stay Awake by Megan Goldin ~ My Thoughts #StayAwake @StMartinsPress

Congrats Megan
on the recent release of
Stay Awake!

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin 
Psychological Thrillers, 352 pages
Published August 9, 2022 by St. Martin's Press

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 now lives in her apartment and forces her out in the cold. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing, and in its place is a bloodstained knife. That’s when she sees that her hands are covered in black pen, scribbled messages like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.

Two years ago, Liv was living with her best friend, dating a new man, and 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, the same 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 as she tries to piece together the fragments of her life. 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.

My thoughts about Stay Awake ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First lines—"Starbursts blink from streetlights like they're sharing a secret as I wake to find myself slumped in the back of a cab, without any recollection of how I got here, or where I'm going."

This story had my attention from the very first sentence. Why does Liv have no memory of the situation that she is in? Of course after that, I had to keep reading. And then the fact that she must stay awake or she loses even more of her memory.  

Stay Awake is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read that you will not want to put down. Can Liv get to the bottom of her trauma before she falls asleep again or will she have to start all over, trying to figure out what is going on? 

I highly recommend Stay Awake! I can honestly say it's one of the best thrillers I've read this year. You'll get sucked in, just like I did, and you are going to love it.

I received Stay Awake from the publisher and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

Megan Goldin is the bestselling author of The Escape Room, praised by Lee Child as "one of my favorite books of the year", as well as The Girl In Kellers Way, a critically-acclaimed domestic noir thriller nominated for Australia's leading crime fiction awards.

Megan worked as a journalist for Reuters, the Australian ABC and Yahoo! News before writing her debut psychological thriller The Girl In Kellers Way.

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1 comment:

  1. I loved this one too! And it kept me guessing until the end which is always a good thing!


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