Ohhhhhhhhhhh my goodness! I apologise for yet another late post but I am so excited to be sharing my review of Zoe Lea’s ‘If He Wakes’ as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks to Canelo for the blog tour invite and the ARC.
You can always trust your best friend… can’t you?
When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her
husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit
and run using his car.
Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her
fiance, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened.
Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse
than they could ever imagine… Can their friendship survive?
What does TWG think?
It isn’t often the I read a book, get to 36% of the way in and think to myself, ‘this book has 5 stars written all over it’. But, I did and IT did! Of course it meant that the rest of the book had a lot to live up to, to match with the strong 36% I had already read. And you know what? Reader, it did!
Oh my goodness me! Rachel thought everything in her life was going swimmingly. She had started a new business with a new friend, her family seemed happy enough, with nothing that she couldn’t fix if she needed to. However, Rachel’s bubble burst far too quickly when she found some messages that weren’t for her own eyes. Was her husband having an affair? It was time for Rachel to go incognito…
Not that she could go incognito when she ended up unintentionally witnessing something that she rather wished she didn’t! Something that was going to change her life , and the lives of her loved ones…
‘If He Wakes’ blew my mind! What a fantastic, high energy, demanding, and twisted read which kept my eyes glued to the pages until the very end. I didn’t want to pull my eyes away, even if I could have done, I wouldn’t have! The storyline had me hooked straight away, especially as everything wasn’t what it seemed, yet due to the way Rachel was reacting, even I started to question what I had read. Did I misinterpret what had happened? Did I miss a bit out? Did my imagination get the better of me and add additional words to Zoe Lea’s storyline?
It wasn’t only Rachel who seemed to draw the short straw in the ‘see who’s life sucks the most’, her friend Suzie even got in on the action! I have to admit that the parts of the storyline which had Suzie are the forefront, were incredibly hard to read due to the theme they contained. That said, it was eye-opening because things like that do actually happen in real life. Shamefully. I thought the way the author incorporated it all into one big storyline was impressive, intense and extremely hard-hitting. There were moments where I did feel slightly uncomfortable, but I felt that I had to continue in the hope that who deserved it, got their comeuppance by the end of the book.
Zoe Lea has written an outstanding novel which is guaranteed to squeeze every breath out of your body like a popped balloon. With dark themes throughout, the storyline gripped hold of my wrists for the entire duration, glueing my eyes to each and every page the author had written. I cannot believe that this is Zoe Lea’s debut novel!!
I really cannot recommend this book enough and I cannot WAIT to read more from this author if ‘If He Wakes’ is anything to go by!
About the author.
Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, their two children, three dogs and
peregrine falcons. She has previously worked as a teacher, photographer and freelance
journalist and is a writer in the day and a reader by night. If He Wakes is her debut novel.