If She Wakes by Eric Therme
The novel is written in first person, showing us Tess Parker’s viewpoint. Early on in the book, Tess is in a car accident with her sister-in-law Torrie Adams. Tess is pretty much okay, but Torrie ends up with a serious head injury. This leaves Tess and her husband Josh to look after Torrie’s four-month-old baby son, Levi.
Then a woman turns up, introducing herself to Tess as Torrie’s older sister Jessie. But Torrie has never mentioned having sisters…
It’s a bit of a strange one this. Nearly all the characters are unlikeable and everyone is flawed, plus they all seem to be harbouring secrets and lies. It’s a bit hard knowing who to root for really, although there’s a baby, so we all want the baby to be okay.
It’s quite a short book with a lot happening and the pacing sometimes seems a little frenetic. It does keep you turning the pages though to find out what happens and there are plenty of twists and turns, so the story certainly isn’t predictable. There’s a good showdown when you need it and it holds your interest.
Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L
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Who do you trust when everyone is lying?
My name is Tess Parker.
Two days ago, I was in a car accident with my sister-in-law, Torrie. Before she slipped into a coma, she asked my husband and me to care for her four-month-old son, Levi.
Yesterday, a woman claiming to be Torrie’s estranged sister knocked on our door. But Torrie has no siblings . . . or so she said. She and my brother were only together a short time before he left, and Torrie has clearly been keeping secrets.
Today, another of Torrie’s “sisters” has come to town. Both say the other is lying about who they are.
Neither of them is telling the truth.
Both of them want Levi.