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Today I am reviewing Are You Awake? by Claire McGowan, published by Thomas and Mercer.


With two young children, Mary hasn’t slept in what feels like years. For his part, Tim never feels safe enough to sleep. And so one hot, exhausting night, the two strangers meet while seeking solace in a nearby park. There, they witness something horrific: a violent attack in the window of a neighbouring house.

Bonded by what they’ve seen, Tim and Mary are desperate to find answers. And when they see news reports of a missing woman who was last seen walking alone not far from them, the pair are convinced it’s her they saw being attacked—no matter what the police say.

But with her marriage under strain and the police on their tail, Mary begins to doubt her own mind…and Tim’s. And as the pair are drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, the culprit appears to be even closer to home than they thought. Have they got it all wrong, or is something even more sinister going on?

Are You Awake? is a chilling story about a missing woman and two potential witnesses. They both think they saw her. But can they trust their own eyes?

I really liked the concept of this story when I read the blurb, which I found to be so intriguing and it definitely piqued my curiosity. Diving in, I was immediately invested in what lay ahead and couldn’t wait to see how it was all going to unfold.

It is told from the points of view of lawyer and mother of two Mary, former journalist Tim, who suffers from PTSD, as well as interspersed throughout with the voice of Samantha, our missing woman. As someone who’s sleep pattern is all over the place, I could relate to Mary and Tim’s own issues with insomnia.

Full of tension and suspense, in the main, I did enjoy this book. I did have a few little niggles about some things to do with Mary’s character, but these were minor in the grand scheme of things. Overall this is a quick and entertaining read.

Thank you to, Claire McGowan, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Are You Awake?, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Australia, US & UK. I will also add to, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available.


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Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University she moved to London and worked in the charity sector. THE FALL is her first novel, which is followed by a series starring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. She also writes as Eva Woods. 



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