Try Not to Breathe
Alex is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until she discovers Amy. Just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found after a merciless assault, Amy has been in a coma for 15 years, forgotten by the world. Unbeknownst to her doctors, she remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralysed, reliving the past. Soon Alex's routine includes visiting hours at the hospital, then interviews with the original suspects in the attack. But what starts as a reporter's story becomes a personal obsession. Unable to tear herself away from uncovering the unspeakable truth, Alex realises she's not just chasing a story - she's seeking salvation.
The most original psychological thriller of 2016: a woman saving herself from alcoholism; a locked-in victim; a terrifying denouement; International appeal: rights sold in Germany and the US; Digital marketing focus: with clear packaging for this market, blogger activity, e-book discounts & promotions, online profile, digital marketing, and early reader reviews via online reading panels. The author has a good blog & social media presence and we will use this to maximum effect; Media-savvy author: a freelance journalist herself, Holly has a fascinating backstory and will use her own contacts to promote the book.
"A razor-sharp, fast-paced plot and wonderfully complex characters. Not since The Girl on the Train have I been so captivated by a work of suspense." - Tess Gerritsen
Educated at Grammar school in Devon, but never quite making it to university, Holly Seddon instead became a freelance writer almost straight out of college. In 2003, she launched her own music website, Muse's Guide, from the kitchen of her house, partly in protest at not being given a job at NME. Holly has been privileged to work in some amazing online newsrooms and has written features on everything from colonic irrigation to robot butlers. As a freelance writer, she has been published on national newspaper websites, magazines and leading consumer websites. From 2010 to 2012, Holly wrote 'Mumblings', an irreverent column on motherhood, for award- winning Vine magazine. A mother of four, Holly's time is divided between writing fiction, writing articles, walking Arnie the miniature Schnauzer and chasing homework-evaders around the living room. And then some more writing when night falls.