Blog Tour and Book Review: Before I Wake by C.L. Taylor

A mother risks everything to uncover the truth behind her daughter's botched suicide attempt

To the outside world, Susan Jackson has it all-a loving family, successful husband, and beautiful home-but when Charlotte, her teenage daughter, steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma, she is forced to question all of it.

Desperate to find out what caused Charlotte's suicide attempt, she discovers a horrifying entry in her diary: "keeping this secret is killing me." As Sue spins in desperate circles, she finds herself immersed in a dark world she didn't know existed-and the closer she comes to the truth, the more dangerous things become.

Can she wake up from the nightmares that haunt her and save her daughter, or will Charlotte's secret destroy them both?
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli
Before I Wake was such a thrilling book!  I read it in one sitting and would not have had it any other way.  Taylor has created a psychological thriller with a twist in this contemporary story. 

The story is told in present tense, with Susan as a mother to a fifteen year old daughter, Charlotte, and flashbacks to Susan's early twenties, when she was in a consuming and tumultuous relationship with James.  The changing of tense made Before I Wake even more exciting to read, and kept the pace of the book moving quickly.  I loved that! 

Taylor weaves the past and present together in such a surprising and scary way.  For much of the book, I thought Susan was slowly going insane due to the circumstances surrounding Charlotte's accident.  But, then, things changed and I realized Susan and her entire family were in danger.  It made for a page-turning read, and while reading, I found myself actually holding my breath in anticipation at times. 

At its heart, Before I Wake is a story of a mother trying to save her daughter.  It's about the lengths a mother will go to for her child, and how deep the love is between mother and child.  Susan was so tenacious and I found that inspiring.  I don't want to say much more, for fear of giving the plot away, but I will say that the ending surprised me (in a good way). 

I highly recommend Before I Wake.  It's a powerful read, so well-written, and not to be missed.


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