Published by Bonnier Zaffre on May 18th 2017
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.
A pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller.
Billed as a “pitch-black and devastatingly original psychological thriller” Don’t Wake Up is published as an ebook this May, with the paperback due to follow later in 2017.
Another author in Bonnier Zaffre’s fantastic collection of new crime-thriller writers (G.J. Minett, David Young) Liz Lawler is here to talk about the ‘soundtrack’ to her début novel and how those songs reflect the characters and the story within.
When Memories Break
When dreams become nightmares and nightmares become realities, how does the mind know what is real and what is not. Alex Taylor wakes in an operating theatre with no memory of why she is there. Is she having a nightmare? Does her tormentor only exist in her mind? If this is a dream, she is desperate for someone to wake her.
Chopin – Nocturnes op. 9 No2
This is a new beginning for Alex Taylor. She has just gone through an unimaginable horrendous experience that no one believes happened. Her sane and ordered world has been taken away from her and she can find no way back, until she finds an unexpected ally, someone who at last will offer support and challenge her to search for answers. This new beginning gives strength to Alex as she realises she is not alone.
Tears in the Rain by Lucas King (original composition)
Alex finally realises what she has lost. Her life is in tatters. She has lost faith in everything she believed in. Everything she strived to become hangs like a fallen leaf in the wind. This is a turning point in her life where she accepts that she can never go back to the world she used to live in. She is not the same person she was and neither are the people she used to know.
Take Me Home by Jess Glynn
In this moment of pain and torment and need, Alex takes a chance and surrenders herself to believe again in something good. This moment is a new step forward and one that she welcomes as she places her trust in the hands of another wounded soul. Together they will take each other home.
Frozen – Let it go (Horror Piano version) by Lucas King
As Alex discovers the truth, her mind tries to block it out, as she faces the reality of why her world has been turned upside down. She cannot escape what her mind now knows, but she is not brave enough to acknowledge it.
Dark Night of the Soul – Philip Wesley
This is a night of discovery, of searching for answers. Of hunting and finding. Of liars and deceivers. Of truth and belief. Of love and loss. This is a night where everything comes together, but for Alex there is no escape – only a fait accompli.
Isolation by Lucas King
Alone, abandoned, Alex faces her worst fears. She is never going to walk away from them. They continue to follow. And there is nothing she can do to make them stop. She is isolated.
Requiem for a Dream (piano) by Clint Mansell
When there is no way back the only way is forward. Alex is running for the fight of her life. Traumatised beyond reason she is still searching for answers and the only way to get them is to keep walking faster and faster until she gets to the end of this journey.
Pirate Love Song – Black Heart by BrunuhVille
When the fight is over there is only the memory of it left. There is no need to carry it on. When a heart is broken and deceptions faced the battle now seem futile. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is walk away. The real enemy is not always the one you think it is.
The Last Battle by Lucas King
When a life is ending, there is an acceptance and a grief. A Beginning and an end. And there is peace and meaning and understanding. There is a coveted sleep that will take you there. That will end it all. The last battle is something to welcome.
Now doesn’t that sound like one hell of a creepy, but fantastic read? Check it out on Goodreads and buy it via the links below. Many thanks to Liz for her post and the wonderful folk at Bonnier Zaffre for inviting me to be part of the tour.
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