Stay Awake
by Goldin, Megan

Liv Reese, waking up holding a bloodstained knife and her hands covered in scribbled messages, remembers nothing from the past two years and goes on the run for a crime she doesn't remember committing, followed by someone who will do anything to stop her from remembering-permanently.

MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. She is the author of THE ESCAPE ROOM and THE NIGHT SWIM.

*Starred Review* Liv Reese wakes up in a cab. She's disoriented. How did she get there? The cabbie drops her off at her apartment, which is inexplicably occupied by strangers. As though this weren't perplexing enough, Liv has things written on her hands (including the words "stay awake"), and she doesn't know why. Nor why she has a bloody knife wrapped up in a T-shirt. Elsewhere, a homicide detective arrives at the scene of a murder to find a man who was apparently drugged before he was stabbed to death. On his apartment window, the words "stay awake" are written in blood. The latest novel from the author of The Night Swim (2020) is a very interesting variation on the lost-memory theme. Goldin keeps piling on the questions (Why is someone else living in Liv's apartment? How has her workplace changed so much? Why have her bank accounts been closed?) until we're just as confused as Liv. Oh, and that murder victim: Was it Liv who killed him? Or are the words on the window a warning to her? Eventually Goldin answers these questions and many more, but only when she's ready, and good luck trying to figure out the answers before that. Misdirection has always been a key tool in her toolbox, and she uses it to perfection in this beautifully conceived and executed thriller. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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