If She Wakes – Erik Therme

4/5

Intro

Tess Parker is a woman close to the edge with lies, secrets and hidden agendas. 

Synopsis

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.

Review

This book gave me chills. All of the chills, and as such I devoured it in two nights. Tess and her husband are trying to get over the events of the book ‘If She Dies’, which I’ll be reviewing soon, and although Josh is moving forward, Tess cannot. 

This book had so many sub-plots and places where I thought it was going, only to be jerked in another direction, I was nearly seasick. Josh is continuously suspicious but for no other reason other than he dotes on Levi. The book deals with the aftermath of grief well, but Tess was not a character that I could like, I think because she is very much like me – and who needs that sort of self-reflection? 

Erik Therme brings in Torrie’s sisters in a very different way than I expected. I also didn’t expect half of the plot twists that he wove into the story, but thrillers often keep me guessing! Mia and Jessie aren’t all they seem, but I was surprised at their story and empathised with them more than Tessa! 

A lot of research goes into these types of books, and Erik does a great job of drawing you in; writing so realistically it’s like you’re in every scene, watching from the sidelines. I was hooked from the first few pages and even though I finished this book a few days ago, I’m still piecing together bits of the puzzle. 

I’d highly recommend this book for fans of thrillers and domestic psychological thrillers. I thought this was a great book and I’m looking forward to seeing what Erik Therme comes up with next. 

Thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours and Erik Therme for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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