If She Wakes – Michael Koryta | A Book Review

If She Wakes - Michael Koryta

Title: If She Wakes

Author: Michael Koryta

Genre: Thriller

About the book: Tara, a student, is in a vegetative state after being hit by a car while Abby, an insurance investigator, finds a young hitman after her when she starts looking into what happened.

I received an advanced review copy from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I was intrigued by the cover, title, and premise. I haven’t read any books by Koryta in the past, but I enjoyed the beginning of this story.

Characters: The characters are well-written. Even though their circumstances are more extreme than anything I’ve been through, both Tara and Abby resonated with me.


“You take your wins where you can find them, though.”

Writing: I liked the writing and pacing. The suspense kept me turning the pages because I wanted to know what would happen next. It’s written in the third person, so it alternates between the perspectives of multiple characters. Some scenes are more violent and graphic in nature that might not appeal to everybody. There’s no romance, which I appreciated.

Final thoughts: I read the last hundred pages or so in one sitting, and I haven’t done that in a long time. The ending didn’t disappoint at all. It was action-packed, yet hard to predict at the same time.

I highly recommend If She Wakes for fans of thrillers featuring strong female characters overcoming different obstacles.

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