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If she wakes
2019
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Two women fight for their lives against an enigmatic killer in this electrifying novel from a New York Times bestselling author and "master" of thriller writing (Stephen King).
Tara Beckley is a senior at idyllic Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to deliver a visiting professor to a conference, a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara in a vegetative state. At least, so her doctors think. In fact, she's a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead--but why? And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them?
Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is hired by the college to look in to Tara's case. A former stunt driver, Abby returned home after a disaster in Hollywood left an actor dead and her own reputation--and nerves--shattered. Despite the fog of trauma, she can tell that Tara's car crash was no accident. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a mysterious young hit man named Dax Blackwell hard on her heels.
Full of pulse-pounding tension, If She Wakes is a searing, breakneck thriller from the genre's "best of the best" (Michael Connelly).
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Escorting visiting professor Dr. Amandi Oltamu around Hammel College's campus was the strangest student-ambassador assignment Tara Beckley had ever undertaken. Oltamu was jittery, and, after they shared an awkward selfie, he pleaded with her to lock his phone in her glove compartment. Seconds later, a van slammed into Tara's car, killing Oltamu and leaving Tara comatose. Tara awakens in the hospital gripped with fear as she realizes she's trapped in her body, fully aware but unable to respond. Abby Kaplan, a former stunt driver turned insurance investigator, suspects the collision was an intentional attack when she realizes that the damage to Tara's car contradicts the van driver's story. Unable to interview Tara, Abby searches Tara and Oltamu's phones for clues to the killer's possible target. Unfortunately, a young hit man aiming to prove his worth is also after Oltamu's phone, and Abby will have to tap into her guilt-laden past to defend herself and Tara. Instantly gripping, with realistic action, a breath-snatching twist, and a few untied ends that hopefully signal a sequel.--Christine Tran Copyright 2019 Booklist
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