Oct 11, 2017

Book Review: When I Wake Up

'Why won't Mummy wake up?'
When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife's secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she's lying silent in a hospital bed...

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I found WHEN I WAKE UP to be a delightful read.  It is filled with so many twists and turns that the reader will need to buckle up to enjoy the ride.  Set in Sweden, I loved seeing how their police worked and also enjoyed learning about their different traditions.  

Another thing that set this book apart was watching Anna, who is the mother of twins, discover her sexuality when she falls in love with a woman.  She tries to weigh whether this is just a fling or is her happiness worth breaking up her marriage and changing the twins' lives.

There were a lot of suspects that all could have easily attacked her for various reasons ranging from jealousy, obsession to love.  All of the characters are very well drawn out with all of their strengths and weaknesses.

I do feel that any of my readers who enjoy a good mystery will enjoy WHEN I WAKE UP.  Having it set in Sweden definitely adds that little bit of extra to this book.  There is both violence and sex so not appropriate for younger readers.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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