- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 830 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Solstice Shadows (11 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HKQQRJA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Waking Up Dead Kindle Edition
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Detective-like in nature, the story presents many difficulties for the protagonist. Imagine trying to turn pages to read a document. However, she gains the help of a reluctant shopper at a supermarket and convinces her to act the physical part. To solve a crime, the woman and her grandmother form a physical team, drawing in one other protagonist in their race to save an innocent man.
Callie, Ashara and Maw-Maw are all pleasantly sarcastic. Stephen provides a good grounding for the group. The mystery kept me guessing for a long time and the writing is crisp, clean and well edited. I read the whole thing in an evening and enjoyed every moment of it.
I only have one real complaint, but it's oddly also wrapped up in an uncomfortable compliment. Race plays a role in this novel. America and Americans often walk on eggshells where this is concerned. With our history, it's hard not to. Even non-racists are often awkwardly aware of their white-privilege and overly conscientious about trying not to do anything to even inadvertently offend someone. Despite best intentions, a lot of the country hasn't reached the point that they can be comfortably unaware. (It's questionable that they should be able to, given that we haven't reached true parity yet.) I love that as a white author Ms. Collins didn't shy away from the subject or the horrible history of it. But at times Ashara and Maw-Maw's dialogue felt very much like what it is, written by a white woman in the imagined tone of a black woman. Ashara and Maw-Maw felt too aware of themselves as African American and Callie as white. They reminded Callie, and therefore the reader, of it constantly, compromising its ability to feel natural. Don't get me wrong, at no time did this feel offensive or as if the author meant any disrespect. It just didn't feel real either.
All in all, though, I'd highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a cute, feel-good book. If it weren't early February, I'd call it a great beach read.
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