Following How It Happened, his gripping standalone thriller about an FBI investigator who must uncover the many secrets of his hometown to solve a double murder, New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta will release another standalone in 2019 titled If She Wakes.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta, the “master” (Stephen King) of American thriller writing, returns with an electrifying new novel about two women fighting for their lives against an enigmatic killer.
Michael Koryta is one of America’s finest and best-loved writers of mysteries and thrillers, hailed by writers from Lee Child (“outstanding”) to Michael Connelly (“the best of the best”) to Dean Koontz (“a must-read”). If She Wakes is the story of Tara Beckley, a college senior assigned to chaperone a visiting engineer to a conference. On the road, she is the victim of a brutal accident that kills the engineer but leaves Tara in a vegetative state–or, at least, so her doctors think. Really, she is the prisoner of locked-in syndrome, fully alert, but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she discovers that someone powerful wants her dead–but why? And what can she do, lying in a hospital bed, to stop them?
Meanwhile, Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is assigned to Tara’s case. A former stunt driver, Abby has returned to Maine after a disaster in Hollywood left a beloved actor dead and her own reputation–and nerves–shattered. She has nothing left to give to the case, but she can tell there’s more to the accident than meets the eye. When she starts asking questions, things spin out of control fast, leaving her boss murdered, Abby on the run, and an enigmatic young hitman on her heels. Her name is Dax Blackwell, and for him, killing isn’t just the family business, but a master craft.
If She Wakes is a tension-filled thriller from one of the masters of the genre.
Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently, How It Happened. His previous novels–including Rise the Dark, Last Words, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and So Cold the River–were New York Times notable books, national bestsellers, and have been nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Koryta is a former private investigator and newspaper reporter. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and Camden, Maine.
Though things could change this far out from publication (including the final cover art), If She Wakes is currently scheduled to come out on May 14, 2019. It is available for pre-order here, or anywhere else books are sold.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.