Is it possible that the entirety of one’s life has been steered by the hand of fate towards a single moment? For Brooklyn French program teacher – and single parent of two- Tess Shapiro, it would certainly seem so. After discovering that her life and her marriage were artificial constructs based on lies and deceit, Tess must undergo the ultimate reality check. She delves deep into her subconscious, venting her frustrations by indulging in a lifelong habit of drawing graphic novels starring her glamorous alter ego, an international spy by the name of Andrea Chambers.
Meanwhile, in the real world, anti-French terrorism is taking the world by storm. What, and who, is behind the vile attacks against French-speaking people everywhere from Brooklyn to Burundi? As she suspects that her new lover may not be who she thought he was, Tess’s ability to perceive truth through a distorted collage of deception, brings comic book fantasy and real world tragedy crashing together in a whirlwind of romance and political intrigue. When, in a single moment, Tess realizes the totality of the lie she has been fed and believed, and the impossibility of the truth, she makes a staunch decision that will change her life, and how she perceives the world, forever.
Awakening … where do I begin? Why don’t I start my review by writing that Awakening is a thrilling novel that is not only worthy of being read by all readers but also a novel that needs to be a movie. When I read the description of Awakening I was hooked, after all, I love action and adventure novels and love even more when they have a twist, so I was hooked and ready to go. However, when I started to read Awakening, I was shocked by just how good the literature and the story was and so I raced through this novel desperate to find out what would happen to the characters I was invested in. Now and then a reader will come across that one book that blows them away, it is a somewhat generic term, but that is what Awakening did to me… it blew me away and ever since completing it I have been thinking of its intricate and detailed story and how I need to re-read it!
Awakening is a stellar novel in which the reader will be introduced to the protagonist of the story, Tess Shapiro and the reader will follow her on her journey as she tries to uncover the secrets that have plagued her life. Tess learns that her marriage was a sham and it was based on lies and deceit and so the reader will follow Tess as she undergo’s ‘the ultimate reality check.’ What happens next is that Tess dives into her subconscious and her alter ego, Andrea Chambers, a glamorous international spy appears, and the reader will follow her on her exceptional journey. What follows is a thrilling, captivating novel that will leave readers breathless from start to finish so do not miss out book lovers!
Awakening for me was thrilling, captivating and addictive right from the start and I felt this from beginning to end. Awakening was captivating to me from the start thanks to the unique premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, Jackie Goldman who hooked me with her unique story that was unlike anything I have read before. It is rare to find a thriller/mystery and suspense novel that is refreshing, and it is even more challenging to discover a thriller story that does not rely on gimmicks and ridiculous action sequences!
Jackie Goldman is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention from the first page. Goldman instead of writing long, drawn-out builds up which are commonly found in thriller novels, decides to ditch this approach and thrust her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed. I personally love this approach, what is the point of having a long build-up with little excitement? This is only necessary if the author in question can’t develop the characters in the story quickly but with Goldman, the reader will not encounter this issue because Goldman instantly develops her characters and makes the reader invest in not only them but also their journey.
Overall Awakening is a thrilling, compelling and thought-provoking novel that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights and so, I, of course, have to award this stellar gem of a book five stars! If you are a reader who loves thrillers as well as mystery and suspense novels then I implore you to read Awakening; it is a fast-paced, action adventure that should not be missed!
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