Audiobook Review | Stay Awake

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin is now live!

Publisher: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

A murder she doesn’t remember committing. A killer she doesn’t remember meeting. Megan Goldin’s Stay Awake is an electrifying novel that proves memory can be deadly.

Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at the door of her brownstone, a stranger answers—a stranger who claims to live in her apartment. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing. In its place is a bloodstained knife. Her hands are covered in scribbled messages, like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.

Two years ago, Liv was thriving as a successful writer for a trendy magazine. Now, she’s lost and disoriented in a New York City that looks nothing like what she remembers. Catching a glimpse of the local news, she’s horrified to see reports of a crime scene where the victim’s blood has been used to scrawl a message across a window, similar to the message that’s inked on her hands. What did she do last night? And why does she remember nothing from the past two years? Liv finds herself on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing. But there’s someone who does know exactly what she did, and they’ll do anything to make her forget—permanently.

A complex thriller that unfolds at a breakneck speed, Stay Awake will keep you up all night.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is my first time ever reading Megan Goldin and it definitely won’t be my last! 

I really can’t believe how much I actually enjoyed this book. At first I didn’t really have high hopes for it. It had felt like many other psychological thrillers that I’ve read before. However, about 25% in I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who was responsible for the murder. I thought I had it all figured out by then, but I was completely wrong. This book literally kept me on my toes for the rest of the book. It was heart pounding, twisty and unbelievably great! Liv, our main character, was so interesting. We find out pretty quickly that she has issues with her memory. And I felt incredibly bad for her fairly quickly. They knew that there was is no way that she could be the murder. And once that was revealed? I was completely shocked. I had guesses on every other person besides who is the actual murder. My only gripe with this book was that I hated the way it ended. Because it just ended. It answered most of my questions but I wanted to know what happened after everything was revealed. I wanted to see more of Liv after everything was done with, maybe that’s just the romance reader in me. I had to go back and re-listen to it two times to make sure that this is exactly how it was ending. It just felt too abrupt. Other than those two things I really enjoyed this book. It’s nice to not read a romance every once in a while and this was a really great palate cleanser for me!


About the Author:

MEGAN GOLDIN, author of THE ESCAPE ROOM and THE NIGHT SWIM, 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.

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