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Before I Wake by C.L. Taylor

Monday, June 16, 2014

To the outside world Susan Jackson has it all – a loving family, a successful politician husband and a beautiful home – but when Charlotte, her fifteen year old daughter, deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma Sue questions whether any of it was real.

Desperate to find out what caused Charlotte’s suicide attempt, she is horrified by an entry in her diary – ‘Keeping this secret is killing me’. As Sue spins in desperate circles, she risks everything to discover the truth and finds herself immersed in a shady world she didn’t know existed. The deeper she delves the darker the world becomes and the more danger she puts herself in.

Can Sue wake up from the nightmares that haunt her and save her daughter, or will ‘the secret’ destroy them both?

Goodreads Summary

How could anyone hold it together when their daughter attempts suicide and is in a coma? The struggles that a mother must face when forced into a situation like this are luckily unfathomable to most however real for some. Susan Jackson's quest to find answers to her daughters choice takes her to some very dark places, some unfortuantely familiar and some new. It is a quest that is filled with excitement and fear at its highest and you will love every moment.

I like this genre of crime novel where a large event happens and then we are left with the shards of glass hoping we can piece them together as we go. Finding and interpreting all of the clues is the hard part for Susan Jackson in this story though. I loved the melding of the two perspectives from two very different time periods. This was done very seemlessly and the author really deserves a lot of credit for achieveing this level of flow. Find out if the "suicide" attempt was in fact an attempt or a tragic accident and dive into this great psychological thriller.

3.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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  1. bn100 said...:

    Sounds suspenseful

  1. Unknown said...:

    Nice story, I think.

  1. bn100 said...:

    Sounds emotional

  1. Now this sounds like a story I could really get into. Heartbreaking, emotional, psychologically thrilling and chilling, mysterious! I loved how you put it, "being left with shards of glass and hoping we can piece them together". That sentence alone makes me even more interested in this one!

  1. Bube said...:

    Love to read psychological thriller and this book sounds very good! :)