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Morrow, June 2002, 24.95, 320 pp.
ISBN 0062734237

Sandy Cross is a beautiful wealthy defense attorney who works mainly with the underprivileged in Droughton. Her husband Will is a general reporter at the local paper, a job that totally satisfies him. Although their idyllic marriage hits a rough spot when Sandy guiltily confessed her infidelity to Will, they manage to move past it and are now planning on having a child together.
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One night when Sandy is late getting home Will has a premonition that something is drastically wrong. He calls the police and later discovers that Sandy deliberately drove her car off a cliff. She was thrown from the car and because of the intensive brain damage lapsed into a deep coma that the doctors think she will survive. Her suicide attempt sets off a chain reaction of events that will lead to the arrest and conviction of an innocent woman, Sandy's client and friend Billi Stradi. As a result of this murder conviction, Will never be able to look at his closest friends the same way again.

From the very first page of this story, readers know that the events that transpire in this book are not as straight forward as they appear. What keeps readers eagerly turning the pages is that they don't know who actually perpetrated these events and what part Will played in the days following his learning of his wife's infidelity. THE WAKING is an inspired and thought provoking thriller written by an author who has a unique perspective on the human race.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   best friend Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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