An intriguing and fascinating paranormal novel about a woman, Julie, on a journey through time to relive and understand what happened in her past…
It is the year 2016 and Julie counts the time before she can leave her mother – these obligatory visits to the nursing home to a mother who cannot stop grumbling about a father Julie adored, are killing her. Julie has always blamed her mother for her father moving out and her subsequent years in care. Despite everything, now Julie’s mother’s health, both physical and mental, is deteriorating Julie feels she has to provide for her mother’s nursing home although discussing the past is no longer an option as her mother’s memory is fading. On her way back, Julie almost hits a man who is oblivious to her car but looking into his eyes she feels recognition, deep down. A memorable moment with a stranger or is it more?
A drive to a meeting proves to be life-changing for Julie as, once out of the city she finds herself completely lost; one moment of distraction proves to be fatal as the next moment, her car hits a tree. She realises what happens but can call no one except for her mother, who does not understand her. No one would know where Julie is at the moment of the accident. Is this her last moment on earth? Darkness surrounds Julie but then she hears a man with an Irish accent who comforts her and tells her everything is all right. When she wakes, she desperately wants to breathe in fresh air she feels she was almost suffocating. But where is she and whose belongings is she carrying and whereto must she go? Julie decides to walk only to find that she is close to Potterspury, the place she grew up. Is this a coincidence or is something going on?
From then on, Julie travels through time in between hearing voices and finding herself in a hospital bed. She has no recollection of what happened other than the man with the Irish voice who keeps encouraging her to hang on and to keep calm. She knows he will do his utmost for her and perhaps feels she should be aware of who he is but the blurry images in her head prevent her from finding out. The dreams of the past are life-like and Julie is completely shocked when she realises she has gone back in time to her youth – to specific moments in her life. The first person she meets in her past is Gerald, her mother’s lover and, in Julie’s eyes, the one responsible for the breakup of her parents’ marriage. A coincidence? From now on, Julie not only travels back in time but somehow, she is able to right her wrongs, to change the past and thus, her own and other people’s future. Is this real? Can this be happening?
Even if you, like me, do not believe in time travelling, it is a fascinating topic. This paranormal book feels like a psychological novel because of what Julie experiences and the way her time travelling provides her with new insights into her past – the events, the people in it. Although I found myself sceptical at the beginning, soon I was drawn in as the author created a believable series of events with an intriguing plotline that kept me hooked. Whilst Julie is fighting for her life and vividly relives her life so far (although with a different edge but how you will have to find out for yourself), the author takes us by the hand and leads us on a riveting journey through time. I loved how the author shows us the events from the various perspectives and I secretly had a crush on one of the characters (again, my lips are sealed). A paranormal novel is not my usual read but I am very glad I took the opportunity and stepped outside of my comfort zone as I enjoyed Wide Awake Asleep very much.
About the Author
Louise Wise is a British writer and has been weaving stories all her life— for many years, she was a ‘closet writer’ with a cupboard full of ageing manuscripts depicting fantastical romantic adventures. Most of her books have an element of romance but tend to cross over into other genres. Her debut novel is the best-selling sci-fi romance EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013. A PROPER CHARLIE is a romantic comedy written purely for the chick lit market, but then she decided to unite her love of all things supernatural with romance and OH NO, I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE and WIDE AWAKE ASLEEP came along. Her other works include SCRUFFY TRAINERS (a collection of short stories with a twist). She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines including Women’s Own and Take a Break. She loves hearing from her readers – the good, the bad and the ugly stuff they want to share!
|Publisher||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 July 2017)|