Stay Awake: A Novel by Megan Goldin

Title:  Stay Awake: A Novel
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 345
Date of US Publication:  9 August, 2022
My Rating:  1 Star

My Thoughts 

Okay. I was ready to add this to my DNF list, but the many, many good reviews kept me reading this title - (I was coming up on 30% by the time I got into it, and it took me almost a month to read that far into the story). 

Here’s the good. 

  • Most reviewers love this one. 

Here’s the not so good.

  • I found that this book required much more of a suspension of disbelief than I was capable of mustering. 

Ultimately, this one didn’t work for me (I’m definitely in the minority with this).

eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions are my own.


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.


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