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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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Wish there was more!

    The book leaves with an open ending, like there should be a second book if that is true, come in Dee! Be out the sound Justice book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great Mystery

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and easy reading - great writing and good plot. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    Riveting Mystery

    Fast paced, believable, authentic characters and setting. Dee Hendersen has done it again! The story caught my attention immediately, partly because I have enjoyed all of Hendersen's books and partly because of the intro on the jacket. Hendersen's involves her character's in realistic situations we all face in life making the right choices. She allows her characters to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. But, what I think I like best about her writing is the reader can tell she is truly discovering her character and story as she writes it. The book was so good it kept me up until 4AM. I simply could not set the book aside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Good Reading

    I enjoyed this book. I read the other reviews and I wonder what I have been missing, they say her other books are better, can't wait to read them, then. I didn't want this book to end, I want to go on and see what will happen to the main characters and what else will be happening to them. Come on folks this book was not bad at all. Will keep reading her books, with pleasure.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Rae Gabriella left the FBI after years of dedicated service when a case went ugly. She accepts a position as a private detective at Chapel Detective Agency II, headed by her former Fed partner Bruce Chapel in Justice, Illinois though she has doubts about working with her former lover, but her hometown is nearby so she can visit family and she has to start somewhere.----------------- Justice County Sheriff Nathan Justice has his hands full with a strike that could turn violent and his grandfather. However, he soon has more to deal with when Peggy Worth is found dead in her hotel room, five rooms away from where Rae is staying a woman she met earlier in the day. Peggy¿s parents hire Rae to investigate what seemed likely a natural death in her sleep of a twenty-eight years old healthy female. Soon Bruce, Rae and Nathan know that a serial killer murders women in their hotel room without a whisper or a hint of a struggle, but never takes their money or jewelry so no motive has surfaced. Whereas she seeks justice, he fears she could be next.----------------- This is a fabulous police procedural serial killer thriller though two of the ¿cops¿ are former law enforcement officials. The story line hints at a romantic triangle, but that simmers on the back burner as the trio work together to stop a clever silent killer. The story line is action-packed as the tension mounts on two levels, personal and professional. Fans witness a tense suspense cat and mouse thriller.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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