Publication date:11th October (UK)
Reviewed by Rebecca
They say first impressions count and if that's true, then I should have known that I would fall in love with this novel from the start. Blink Once tells the story of West, a young man paralysed in a biking accident. He cannot move and has no means of communication with his parents, nurses or friends and begins to feel that life will never get better. Enter Olivia, a stunning girl from the room next door who teaches him to communicate: blink once (hence the title) for yes and blink twice for no. She sneaks in at any time of day or night to see him and West finally begins to feel as if life is on the up. The book takes a little time in getting to this part of the story but boy, is it worth the wait!
It soon becomes clear that doctors want to try an experimental new treatment on him, to see if they can cure him of his paralysis. Olivia is set against it and tries to persuade West otherwise and this is where the story truly picks up. Unable to communicate with his doctors, how can he get his feelings across - to anyone?
Set predominantly in a hospital, this story is full of twists and turns. There is elements of mystery (just what is Olivia hiding?), romance (between West and Olivia - its great following their story) and the medical research that the author has obviously put into this novel is astounding. The story really picks up a quarter of the way in and I found myself turning the pages quicker and quicker, determined to find out just what is happening!
The ending was completely unexpected BUT not unwanted - in fact, I think this made the book even better! I hadn't become that involved and interested with characters in a book for quite a while and I found myself willing West and Olivia to be together, both better and out of hospital. What is the ending? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
This book is definitely one of my favourite releases for 2012 and deserves a full five stars from me.