Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for When I Wake up by Jessica Jalavi. I want to thank Yasemin at Aria Fiction for inviting me to be involved!
A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.
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…
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Aria (7 Sept. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786696096
- ISBN-13: 978-1786696090
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I read the synopsis when Yasemin sent it to me and I thought it sounded like something that I would be interested in, however, I did enter with caution as it is referenced that fans of The Girl on the Train would like this and as stated before I am no fan of that book!
I have to say that I was not expecting what I read at all! The relationships between the characters and how everything unfolds is wonderful. I only set this book down to go to sleep because I was dying to find out who had hurt Anna! The whole time I was reading I was thinking ‘It’s this person!’ then something would happen and I would be thinking I had been wrong and move onto another person. I honestly did not expect what unfolded! This is another book that had me stumped on the ‘who did done do it’ front! A very well written debut novel!
N.B. I have to point out that if you don’t like reading sex scenes this book is not for you.
Born in Sweden, Jessica moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business. She worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago where she edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing. Since 2010, Jessica has taught journalism and media at a local university, and has spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm. Last year, she was one of
the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Jessica is married with three spirited children, and although she’s known for her positivity, her writing tends to be rather dark!
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