Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema Buy book: $14.25
Weaving together disparate voices, Wiersema's brilliant debut novel sheds light on the inner lives of characters struggling against tragedy, finding each other, and themselves, in the darkness of unimaginable sorrow.
I have a 3 year old boy, so this book is definitely going to make me cry. He's having some play time in his room right now, and I think I'm going to go hug him. I almost don't want to know what's going to happen on day 2 of our read...
First installment made me want to cry and it sent fear down my spine -- what if something like that happened to me . . . By the 3rd installment, still feeling the tragedy, but not sure if it is a book I could finish, seems to dark/sorrowful for me. Also, I don't think I like how it bounces from person to person.
I thought today esp it seemed a little choppy, going so quickly from person to person, but I am still very intrigued. Of course I want to know how "Mary" figures in, but I can already guess. I have to get this book! My library doesn't have it :(
The first page got my attention--Jubilee hospital--Hillside mall -the author is talking about my home town.!!!
I suppose all the libraries suggest books that are read on-line --but it is a surprise ---just as the Emily Carr story was a surprise.
The second day's reading confirmed the fact that the author and the story were from Victoria B.C.
I certainly will try to get a copy from the library --I am reading two of your selections -from the library-at the present time--Thank you Suzanne
From the begining this book had me captivated. I checked out the book from the library; I haven't been able to put it down! I cried with Karen about her little girl. She is very brave. I can't believe her husband! As I am reading his part of the story I am thinking to myself; 'What a Jerk! How dare him!' This book has touched me deeply. I know this book is sad, but I recommend this book to everyone. It is really a good book.
I read the book. I was interested in the POV choice. At first I thought there would be a few first person POV and I'm interested in that because I'm trying to use 4 first person POV in my work in progress. I did find there were too many voices here though.
Also, as the story progressed, it did not go where I expected it to. It had a little DaVinci mystery thing going and I think if it had continued with the human element it would have been stronger.
Still, it was a compelling read and kept my interest throughout.
Also, I found the parents a little too civil under the circumstances to be believable.