MYSTERY

If She Wakes

Little, Brown. May 2019. 400p. ISBN 9780316294003. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316293952. SUSPENSE
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The latest from best seller Koryta (after How It Happened) brings readers along as college student Tara Beckley drives a visiting professor, who is in possession of a valuable phone, to her campus in Maine. Tara's car is struck violently, and she is sent into a coma while her passenger is killed. Tara's condition is diagnosed as locked-in syndrome, which means she's fully alert but unable to move or communicate. Meanwhile, insurance investigator and former stunt car driver Abby Kaplan is sent to check out the collision site. She sees immediately that the driver who caused the incident lied about the events. Soon, the driver turns up dead, and it seems that a killer named Dax Blackwell (whose father and uncle were introduced in Those Who Wish Me Dead) is hunting for the phone, which was lost during the initial accident. Dax is trying to be as deadly as his father and even more cunning. Abby will need to face her fears to figure out where the phone is and how to get the information from Tara, who is trapped in her own body.
VERDICT Fans of Koryta's previous works, especially Those Who Wish Me Dead, will greatly enjoy this exciting story. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

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