Stay Awake

Macmillan Audio. Aug. 2022. 10:59 hrs. ISBN 9781250854773. $26.99. SUSPENSE
Liv Reese has a rare type of amnesia caused by extreme trauma. She wakes up unable to remember anything after her last happy moment two years earlier. This happens repeatedly, making her life confusing and chaotic. She uses caffeine and over-the-counter products to keep herself awake and writes messages on her hands and arms in case she does fall asleep. One night she wakes up in a cab without her purse, her wallet, or her keys. She is holding a bloody knife wrapped in a T-shirt, but she doesn’t remember how she got there. The news reports a fatal stabbing and surveillance video shows Liv leaving the scene of the crime. Did she kill someone, or is someone else taking advantage of her condition? Talented narrators Imogen Church and January LaVoy are in their element as they voice Goldin’s (The Night Swim) latest, conveying Liv’s confusion and the urgency felt by those trying to help her. Perfectly timed pacing keeps the action moving and builds the terror Liv experiences, alternating between the present and the events leading up to the amnesia-causing trauma.
VERDICT Recommended for Goldin fans and those who enjoy listening to tales of suspense.
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