Author: Cylin Busby
Where I got it: From NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia. She's the girl next door-sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he's been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia-to love her, even-certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he's fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.
When West wakes up in the hospital, unable to move or speak, he’s completely terrified. He has no idea what’s been going on or what happened to him, until he meets Olivia one night in his room. She’s the girl next door – in the room next to him – and they become extremely close. At the same time, he starts having strange dreams about terrible things happening to people he doesn’t know.
When West receives surgery to repair the damage and comes out of his coma, the first thing he wants is to talk to Olivia and share his recovery – except that everything with Olivia is not as he thought it was, and the reality of his new life is going to take some getting used to.
I really enjoyed Blink Once – the mental dialog of someone struggling with a coma and paralysis was extremely interesting and seemed reasonably well founded in medical fact(ish). However, I found myself a lot more attached to the hospital characters than I expected, and there was a lot that I still wanted to know by the end of the book… This one’s definitely worth your time, but be prepared for some unanswered questions!