I am a huge fan of libraries and borrow most of my books. It's not that I don't like owning books; it's a matter of where to store them. I stumbled upon "Before I Wake" at the Interval Store where you can make donations that go to a women's shelter. "Before I Wake" cost me a whole fifty cents, I think, but provided a couple of days of entertainment and plenty of food for thought.
Robert Wiersema released "Before I Wake" in 2006. The story begins with a parent's most terrible fear. Three year old Sherry tugs her hand out of her mother's, dances into the path of a truck and is struck and horribly injured.
There are secrets revealed, the family destroyed and a sub-plot of mysterious players in an age old battle of good vs. evil. One reviewer described the style as one of cinematic cuts. Each character speaks in the first person and the sections change quickly. The technique certainly works as this part thriller, part morality play and part family drama unfolds.
I am always delighted to find a new author and will seek out more of Robert Wiersema's books. He's Canadian and set "Before I Wake" in Victoria, BC. I don't know why I haven't read anything by him before. And I will keep my eyes open next time I am at the Interval Store. Who knows what treasure of a book I might find?
I am an avid reader and like to share some of my "finds" with others.