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Are You Awake?

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Easy to read, if you aren’t really that into this genre and don’t read a lot then you may enjoy it a bit more than I did.

When I had read 50% of this book I was ready to give up, but then it did start to get interesting and I was fully immersed in the story that was unfolding but lo and behold the book had finished.One night, they both see something suspicious…what looks like a violent attack in the window of one of the neighboring homes.

I didn't agree with some developments in the book as they seem a bit artificial to me, but in general, this book is worth reading and I recommend it to everybody who loves a nice investigative detective. These two Amateur Detectives succeed where the Police have failed, finding lead after lead that the Detectives have apparently missed! However, she makes terrible decision after terrible decision that someone that smart would unlikely make. I guess i thought it would be more based around the friendship between the neighbors and their insomnia.But with her marriage under strain and the police on their tail, Mary begins to doubt her own mind…and Tim’s. Tim, a neighbour, was a war journalist but is suffering from PSTD and insomnia and has also escaped to the park.

The story is told from Tim and Mary's perspectives with the occasional point of view from missing girl, Samantha. One night whilst soothing the cries and demands of her children, she is looking out the window when she sees something. She’s also irresponsible in putting her children in danger at times, although she does cop to it eventually.Although I liked Tim, and felt compassion for all he has endured-I struggled whenever the narrative switched to Mary! Two incompatible characters just happen to both see the same suspicious activity in the middle of the night and decide to solve the mystery of what may or may not be a missing girl. As I mentioned above, there are some very amusing scenes in this book, and I think it would have benefited if it just embraced the humorous aspects of what silly things the characters were doing here and there. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and nothing about the storyline had me gripped, which is a shame as it started out so well. In ‘Mum of the Year’ fashion, Mary occasionally brings her nursing three-month old son and her continually screaming two-year-old daughter who either speaks Caveman “HOT, MUMMY!

I personally would like to know where the mum of two young children finds the time of day to do this? Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for giving me the opportunities to read and review this book. The two meet when they venture outside of their respective houses in the middle of a sleepless night after “witnessing” what appears to be “violence” in the attic room of a boarded up house across the park. They end up being partners who are trying to find out what they saw one night in an abandoned home in their neighborhood. Just when we think we have it figured out, there are more twists and turns, and the drama surrounding them all intensifies.It’s far-fetched at best and was quite boring until the half-way point, where it picked up a little bit. I think Mary could be the lead in more books and I’d love to see how the author would continue to evolve her. Ultimately I found the ending unsatisfying and I don’t think it made much sense in terms of the story up to that point.

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