Before I Wake

Before I Wake

by Dee Henderson
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Before I Wake by Dee Henderson

The sheriff of Justice, Illinois, is hunting a killer. Women visiting town are being murdered, tourists in nice hotels, money still in their billfolds, jewelry still on the dresser. Quiet kills—they go to sleep and never awaken. The sheriff is not pleased to find the new detective in town, Rae Gabriella, working the case on behalf of one of the families. She's staying in the same hotel as one of the victims—and her looks suggest she could be the next victim.

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ISBN-13: 9781414308159
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 270,334
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.13(d)

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Before I Wake 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Widsith_the_Blogger More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Henderson's books, and like her style. This one was on the boring side though..the OMalley series was much better. I wish she would get some help with basic sentence structure and editing. Every once in awhile you have to read a sentence several times because it is written poorly and hard to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in the abrupt ending.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Dee Henderson's books - this one was not up to her standards. It reads more juvenile than her other reads. The conversations were sometimes corny. From the beginning it was compeling but by the end, which was such a let down, it was ordinary and questions were not answered. Maybe she plans a sequel. It seems the writer was preoccupied or in a hurry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MamaKatTX More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked this book. I agree with the others that I was disappointed with the abrupt ending and not finding out who our "cook" was. My biggest complaint about Miss Henderson is her bad grammar. You never, EVER, end a sentence with "at" and she does it all the time. "Where are we at?" etc. I also caught several instances when she used "your" instead of "you're" You would think her editor would have caught and corrected such blatant errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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I've been a fan of Dee Henderson since the O'Malley series (which I've read and re-read countless times), and I enjoyed the Uncommon Heroes series as well; but I feel as if her writing has gone downhill in the book she's written since. I couldn't finish Full Disclosure, and while the plot of this book kept me interested I almost threw it against the wall when I got to the last page and found NO. CLOSURE. If there had been a plan for a sequel I wouldn't have minded. However - the book has no ending to speak of. The reader is left having no idea what's going on with the relationship between Rae and Nathan OR Rae and Bruce; but there's no closure to the case at all! Who is the cook? Does he just move to a different town and start over? What the heck?? Overall, I was seriously disappointed, and I doubt I'll continue to read any of Henderson's future work. Sad.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and easy reading - great writing and good plot. I would recommend this book.
quaso More than 1 year ago
This story about a town is Justice, Ill. For me was a little slower that her usual books. Or maybe tha i come to expect much more frome Dee. But as always it's a plausibe book that can happen anywhere in America or anyplace else People are always tryimng to creat a new drug or something that brings instant gratification. When actuality people when one thinks about it, Gods lovecan fill any need when sought. Through the books that Dee Henderson writes a person can feel the truth of how God cares for his people and is with them always. Even when sometimes a person maynot believe. God uses every situation possible for letting people know that he trule loves them.
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