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3am and Wide Awake Paperback – 21 May 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Alfie Dog Limited (21 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956965911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956965912
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,088,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Sarah originally trained as a nurse in Sheffield, before working as a medical representative specialising in mental health. Since then she has had around 160 short stories and serials published in national magazines, newspapers and anthologies. ‘3am and Wide Awake’ - a collection of 25 dark tales (mostly supernatural or medically themed thrillers) - was published in 2013 by Alfie Dog Fiction; and ‘Expected’ - a comedy novel with Crooked Cat Publishing in June, 2013. She hopes to have a supernatural novel published soon, and continues to write serials for magazines.

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From the front page of 3am and Wide Awake we can learn that this is a collection of thrillers and horror stories. Which is true. Most of the stories serve the genres of thriller or horror. But here we can enjoy sleuth mystery, historical drama, and even romance. I would describe this book as a study of human nature, no matter if the study concerns people or ghosts, animals (Looking After Fred) or even objects (a caring scarecrow in The Witch Finders). Sarah England is a very skilful writes who is able to drag us, the readers, into the lives of the fictional characters and make us endure with them. Together we feel disturbing pain - and not just physical (Burned and Night Duty); we are terrified (Out of the Wood and The Extractor); we are ashamed but cannot help of being judgemental (Cold Melon Tart). It`s not easy for a writer of the short stories to craft complex characters. I must praise Sarah England - she managed it to her best. Many of her characters are not necessarily likeable but realistic. I must say that the only character I didn`t like (or I rather wasn`t touched by her) is the girl from Islands. I have to say that the whole story seemed not to belong to this collection. It was too melodramatic and pathetic at times. But the others were very good, some almost perfect. I would recommend this collection to any reader because it attends almost any taste in fiction.
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A thriller, or horror, story is not at the top of my list when it comes to reading matter, as it typifies, for me, a precursor to relentless nightmares and escorted trips to the loo in the middle of the night. Therefore, I thought I’d venture out of my comfort zone and dip my toe into the water to read Sarah England’s collection of 25 stories, as featured in '3am and Wide Awake'. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. All the stories retain the pace, tone and tension of a traditional thriller, and then some. They are brutally honest, occasionally sad and reveal much more about the human condition than you might expect to get from tales in this genre.

Although most have a connection with an afterlife and involve spiritual karmic retribution, others are more terrifying because of the reality of their circumstances: the battle to overcome psychotic inner demons; the unconscious and paralysing nature of mental illness, and the all-consuming power of rage.

As in any anthology, I enjoyed some more than others, with my particular favourite being ‘Burned’: a traumatic and transformative journey following disfigurement, the startling imagery of which left me exhausted by its end.

My only niggle about this book would be the print errors that crop up occasionally and could have been avoided with more proofreading, but that’s just me.

In conclusion, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this as an entertaining read. It would serve as a perfect accompaniment to a quiet Hallowe’en at home, with nothing but your imagination to keep you company.
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As a fan of the horror genre, i wasn't disappointed by Sarah England's collection of spooky stories - although 'spooky' is almost the wrong word. A lot of the villains are realistic characters, which makes the tales even creepier - like "Adele". "The Extractor" was a favourite - i could hardly read it without flinching! Each story leaves you wanting more. Plus they are well-written, full of imagery and yet not too flowery. An easy-to-read collection, due to the author's pacy, accessible style.
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3am and Wide Awake by Sarah England is a great book to pick up when you have a few minutes to spare and would like to treat yourself to a short story. I enjoy tales with a twist, and many of these tales have just that; some you can see coming, others surprise you.

There are some very short stories, and some a little longer, so you should find something to fill the minutes you have free to add a little gentle horror or spookiness to your day. Enjoy!
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This will frighten your socks off. If you think you have read all the horror stories there could be and nothing will shock you now, it will make you think again. It is exceptionally well-written with a clever turn of phrase. Some of the stories are quirky and some are frankly terrifying.

Do not read this book late at night. Or, on second thoughts, do read it late at night, have nightmares, write them down and turn them into horrifying short stories :)
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Not my usual read but must say I find this author's style and ideas entertaining. The stories in my humble opinion are well written and maintained my interest. This is a book to keep on the shelf for the times you want a quick read and still complete a story. Recommended especially if you are a short story fan.
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Sarah England not only has a very clever mind but she seems to have a natural ability to think out of the box.
She has each story under control from the very first word and then takes you effortlessly through a journey of discovery.
Her writing reminds me of that TV series,'Tales of the Unexpected' by Roald Dahl and what you get from this very talented author is just that - the unexpected.
I loved being surprised by each story.
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This is an enjoyable collection, although I think "each story will take you to the edge of the precipice, and then bring you safely back again" is something of an exaggeration! The stories are certainly chilling and many have a twist at the end that leaves the reader with a satisfied smile.

I've given four stars rather than five because I felt that some of the stories ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Also, there was at least one piece of dialogue where it wasn't immediately apparent who was speaking. Despite these reservations, I have no hesitation in recommending this to you if you enjoy thrillers.
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