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  • Published: 19 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784705718
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.00
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If I Die Before I Wake


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A stunning edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller with an unforgettable narrator

SELECTED AS WATERSTONES' THRILLER OF THE MONTH 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA STEEL DAGGER AWARD 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE AUTHORS' CLUB FIRST NOVEL AWARD

5* BY REAL READERS:
'UNIQUE'
'THRILLING...FULL OF TENSION'
'BEAUTIFUL, HEART-WRENCHING'

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, he can only listen.

But he soon begins to suspect that his accident wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

Alex must use a series of clues from his past to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him. He needs to protect those he loves – before they decide to let him go…

CHOSEN AS ONE OF GOOD HOUSEKEEPING'S BOOKS TO THRILL YOU

'This is a debut to be reckoned with' Guardian

  • Pub date: 19 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784705718
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Emily Koch

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing programme. Her debut novel, If I Die Before I Wake, was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, longlisted for Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, and selected as a Waterstones Thriller of the Month. She lives in Bristol.


Praise for If I Die Before I Wake

“This is a debut to be reckoned with.”

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

“The author conveys a real sense of the true horror of being locked inside a body that won’t move with a brain that still works. And she persuades us to stay with the story to its strangely exhilarating conclusion.”

Christina Appleyard, Daily Mail

“The author conveys a real sense of the true horror of being locked inside a body that won’t move with a brain that still works. And she persuades us to stay with the story to its strangely exhilarating conclusion.”

Christina Appleyard, Daily Mail

“If I Die Before I Wake is a captivating thriller by an exciting new voice. I read it in two days because I had to know who did it! Koch keeps you guessing until the very end.”

Mary Lynn Bracht, author of White Chrysanthemum

“I loved If I Die Before I Wake. I was completely gripped - a sign of a true story-teller. It's utterly compelling and has an ending that will rip the heart out of you.”

Jo Spain, author of The Confession

“A great premise and really beautifully written, with a very moving ending.”

Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

“A crucial decision in fiction writing is point of view, and Koch, having found a striking angle, makes compelling use of it.”

Mark Lawson, The Catholic Herald

“Gripping from the outset and beautifully told, If I Die Before I Wake sucks you in and stays with you long after the final page”

Jo Jakeman, author of Sticks and Stones

“One of the most intriguing premises I’ve ever seen in a crime novel… This is a tense, suspenseful novel which slowly builds up into an absolute page turner… this novel definitely establishes Koch’s name as an exciting writer in crime fiction”

Milly Munro, Palatinate


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Emily Koch, author of psychological thriller If I Die Before I Wake, introduces her debut novel and tells us what led her to write the book.

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