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Waking: A dark and addictive read that will stay with you long after the final page Kindle Edition
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Her knowledge about many topics, including Art, London, and Psychology, is expertly woven into the book. She welcomes you into worlds, which may be alien to you now, but give you a sense of familiarity and understanding through her writing style.
The pace of the book is cleverly driven forward in the same way a thriller is, yet it is a romantic entanglement which is the “main event”. A sense of dread filled me in much the same way I imagine it might have done for the central character Anna, a young woman having mental health difficulties going through big changes in her life (a new city, a new job). As a result, I unavoidably felt empathetic with Anna and invested emotionally in her story. I can’t wait to read Richardson’s next book!
Immediately and I quickly found that I couldn't put it down. The interweaving of nightmares and reality is as haunting and seamless for the reader as it is for Anna, and I found myself really rooting for her as she bravely tried to get to the heart of her nightmares. A fantastic first novel, I can't wait to see what will come from Richardson in the future. Highly recommended.
Everyone at some point in their lives will say that they have had at least one nightmare. Just one. Can you imagine it? Waking up in a sweat, possibly screaming out loud. Feeling as though your nightmares are happening in real life. But, can you imagine that ONE nightmare turning into one every single night for over ten years? It sounds like a nightmare in itself! Unfortunately for Anna Caldwell, that is exactly what happens. She believes that her night visions are warning her of something. When she sees people in the street, it's as though she has met them before yet she cannot remember where....or when.
I enjoyed the overall concept of Helen Richardson's novel. The vivid nightmares and severe recognition of strangers is enough to make anyone question every day life. Based on that, I was extremely eager to find out what Anna's nightmares meant. Why did she recognise Jack? What caused the nightmares? So many questions in such a short space of time. My fingers were crossed, hoping that the storyline would give me the answers my mind craved.
The way in which Anna's dreams are pushed into the spotlight via her art gallery work, is quite clever. Unfortunately, as a person who sees art as being my daughters painted footprint on a piece of paper, those parts of the storyline went right over my head. I felt as though you were required to have some sort of interest in art to be able to relate and devour those parts of the storyline. For me, it didn't really work. That said, I did feel that the author incorporated Anna's nightmares into the storyline exceptionally well, even if I didn't gel with the means of how it was written, I could still appreciate the way in which the author tied the events together.
I found it really interesting how deeply entwined our subconsciousness can be with our every day lives, and how our minds have the ability to protect ourselves from remembering certain things time and time again. I throughly enjoyed reading 'Waking' for that deeply insightful reason.
Even though I personally don't see this novel as a 'psychological thriller' but more of a suspenseful romance, I fully appreciated the depth the author went to create such a suspenseful and intense novel. I was rather hooked on Anna Caldwell's life and the lengths the character went to dissect her nightmares to get to the root cause. Personally, that was the highlight of the novel for me. I loved how raw certain parts of the storyline became and, for that reason alone, it is exactly why 'Waking' will be etched into my own subconscious for a very long time to come.
Thanks Accent Press.
What a gripping debut novel!
The thriller and romance genres are seamlessly meshed together throughout this story, to create a contemporary with a twist. Now I’m not usually a romance fan, but it’s blended so well with the twists and turns that I loved the overall story.
Anna is a very relatable character throughout this, which really gets you invested in her story and the nightmares that plague her.
This was a wonderfully put together novel, keeping my interest through to the end with a brilliant conclusion which I didn’t see coming but felt like exactly the right one (the trick which all thrillers strive to achieve).
I can’t wait to see what else Helen brings in the future.