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Are You Awake?

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After the past two unprecedented heat-wave summers here in the Pacific Northwest, I understand Mary’s predicament.

For Mary it's a chance to have something for herself outside of motherhood, whilst for Tim, it's the first time he's been interesting in anything (apart from stalking his ex-wife) for a long time. Unfortunately, this just didn't grab my attention in a meaningful way, so I ended up putting it down at 11%.A chilling story of two sleep deprived strangers coming together to find a missing person, not knowing whether they can trust their minds. Mary and Tim soon realise this this is a very complex case and the culprit could be more close to home than they thought. Both are up in the night and see something through a window - something that doesn't look quite right.

Are You Awake by Claire McGowan takes the reader on a mystery that is both surreal and recognizable at the same time. The two of them report what they have seen to the police but nothing much comes of it, so they decide to continue their own investigation. Mary a mother of two young children and Tim her neighbour think that they see someone being attacked in a flat across the road.However, she makes terrible decision after terrible decision that someone that smart would unlikely make. Unable to sleep at night, Tim, wonders from room to room of his apartment wondering if he will ever be able to live again. She’s also irresponsible in putting her children in danger at times, although she does cop to it eventually. And, the decisions she would make while her children were in tow would not win her any “mother of the year” awards. As someone who's struggled with sleep, I felt the first few chapters of this book did a great job of summing up how it sometimes feels.

is a slow burn thriller that does take a while to pick up pace but there is enough intrigue there to keep you turning the pages.This was very formulaic like many thrillers from well-known authors this year, which was disappointing. Mary is a mum of two young children who is totally exhausted with this role but unable to sleep so she escapes to the park.

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