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Before I Wake

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A gentle mystery/suspense novel

FBI agent, Rae Gabriella, needs a career change. Her last undercover investigation ended disastrously, shaking her confidence in herself and in God. Moving to small-town Illinois, Rae joins her ex-boyfriend, Bruce, in his business as a private investigator, hoping the s...
FBI agent, Rae Gabriella, needs a career change. Her last undercover investigation ended disastrously, shaking her confidence in herself and in God. Moving to small-town Illinois, Rae joins her ex-boyfriend, Bruce, in his business as a private investigator, hoping the slower pace of life will provide the shelter and healing she needs. However, a major strike at the town's tile plant and the murder of an out-of-town reporter give Rae, Bruce and Sheriff Nathan Justice a more dangerous and perplexing challenge than any of them expect.

This is a great plot. It started a little slow, but I was hooked by chapter two, and shortly thereafter the suspense kept the book glued to my hands. I couldn't wait to know what clues (or bodies) would turn up next. Dee Henderson also opened my eyes to the politics of labour negotiations, the cutthroat business of illicit drugs, and the thankless job of fighting crime. I was a fascinated student from beginning to end.

They say conflict keeps a story moving, but it was Rae, Bruce and Nathan's gentle friendships, with relaxed dialogue and realistically-paced personal growth, that drew me in. Dee fashioned the characters as normal people with challenging relationships, troubled pasts, and tough questions about God, making the story reminiscent of real life without feeling mundane.

Some of the book's spiritual questions are left open, allowing readers to pursue their own answers about God's sovereignty in the midst of tragic circumstances. Some questions are too complex to ask and answer in a single book, and I'm grateful when Christian fiction acknowledges this.

The only point on which I'm left wanting is the romantic tension between Rae and the two men. Attraction is clearly alluded to throughout the novel, but the characters seem slightly too passive and the story-telling feels too ambiguous on this dimension. I also wonder why Nathan's parents aren't more involved in the conflict between him and his grandfather, but that's a minor point. Overall, I felt inspired by the characters' relationships, and I gladly recommend the book.

Note: This is a voluntary review! It is not part of a blog review program or in any other way solicited.

posted by Widsith_the_Blogger on August 11, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

???????

Story was very interesting, but I was shocked when I turned last past and the story just ended. Who was the cook/killer? Why was there no ending, or at least the promise of a part two?

posted by Anonymous on May 15, 2013

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    A gentle mystery/suspense novel

    FBI agent, Rae Gabriella, needs a career change. Her last undercover investigation ended disastrously, shaking her confidence in herself and in God. Moving to small-town Illinois, Rae joins her ex-boyfriend, Bruce, in his business as a private investigator, hoping the slower pace of life will provide the shelter and healing she needs. However, a major strike at the town's tile plant and the murder of an out-of-town reporter give Rae, Bruce and Sheriff Nathan Justice a more dangerous and perplexing challenge than any of them expect.

    This is a great plot. It started a little slow, but I was hooked by chapter two, and shortly thereafter the suspense kept the book glued to my hands. I couldn't wait to know what clues (or bodies) would turn up next. Dee Henderson also opened my eyes to the politics of labour negotiations, the cutthroat business of illicit drugs, and the thankless job of fighting crime. I was a fascinated student from beginning to end.

    They say conflict keeps a story moving, but it was Rae, Bruce and Nathan's gentle friendships, with relaxed dialogue and realistically-paced personal growth, that drew me in. Dee fashioned the characters as normal people with challenging relationships, troubled pasts, and tough questions about God, making the story reminiscent of real life without feeling mundane.

    Some of the book's spiritual questions are left open, allowing readers to pursue their own answers about God's sovereignty in the midst of tragic circumstances. Some questions are too complex to ask and answer in a single book, and I'm grateful when Christian fiction acknowledges this.

    The only point on which I'm left wanting is the romantic tension between Rae and the two men. Attraction is clearly alluded to throughout the novel, but the characters seem slightly too passive and the story-telling feels too ambiguous on this dimension. I also wonder why Nathan's parents aren't more involved in the conflict between him and his grandfather, but that's a minor point. Overall, I felt inspired by the characters' relationships, and I gladly recommend the book.

    Note: This is a voluntary review! It is not part of a blog review program or in any other way solicited.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Ending??

    I loved this book, but couldn't believe when I got to the end that there were unanswered questions. I always love Dee's books, but this left me wondering. Please give us a sequel so we have some answers to the mysteries. I was wondering if it was just me, so I came here to read the reviews. Would've given it five stars if it hadn't left me hanging at the end. I think Dee got tired of writing this story, and just stopped.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    An Amazing Book

    This book was really good! I enjoyed every part of it and didn't want to put it down. The suspence was exciting and endless. The characters were realistic, as was the plot. A few things in the book were left open-ended, so I hope there will be a sequel to this book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with alot of unexpected twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2007

    Seems like the beginning of a new series

    I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the O'Malley series. I agree with several other readers that this book seems a little tame to that series, but as a kickoff to a new series I think it has great potential. I would like to see Dee write more about these characters and develop them better. Also, several open-ended questions need answering. As a stand-alone book it's ok, but if a series is forthcoming, I'll buy it!

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