Die Before I Wake

Die Before I Wake

by Laurie Breton
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Die Before I Wake by Laurie Breton

Just five days after they meet, Julie Hanrahan and Dr. Thomas Larkin exchange vows on a moonlit Caribbean beach, the whirlwind conclusion to a romance that's swept her off her feet. Tom is sexy, witty and charming and Julie's sure she's found her Prince Charming.

But not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.

With a workaholic husband, a hostile mother-in-law and a resentful stepdaughter, the honeymoon doesn't last long. Especially after Julie finds out that Tom's first wife didn't die in an accident after all. The cops called her death a suicide, but Julie is convinced that somebody helped Beth over the side of the Swift River Bridge.

Every marriage has its secrets. Julie is starting to wonder if she'll survive discovering the truth about hers…or die before she wakes.

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ISBN-13: 9780778325901
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.58(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Most people consider insomnia a curse but Laurie Breton is not among them. "As a child, I was an insomniac," she says. "While I lay awake each night, waiting to fall asleep, I entertained myself by making up stories." It was not until adolescence, however, that she realized other kids didn't have people living inside their heads.

Laurie describes herself as a "closet writer" during the next period in her life—secretly writing "The Great American Novel" while struggling with an approach-avoidance conflict. "I never finished anything. I spent literally 20 years writing, and rewriting, and rewriting yet again, the same book. But I could never seem to finish it."

Laurie pursued a number of careers during these years—secretary, carhop, nurse's aide, college student, Tupperware lady, spinner in a cotton mill, clerk in a dry cleaner's—"but every time I vowed to quit writing and become a real grown-up, the muse would wail her plaintive siren's song, and eventually I'd fall off the wagon and start writing again." While ultimately proving to be dead ends, all these vocations and experiences have provided Laurie with an abundance of grist for the story mill.

By age 40, Laurie had what she calls an epiphany. "I realized that if I really wanted to be a writer, I had to finish something and show it to other people." To this end she joined several online critique groups until finding "the world's greatest critique partner" and finishing the book she had spent the better part of twenty years not writing.

After hurdling that mental barrier there was no slowing Lauriedown—afterall, she had 20 years to make up for. Her second book took three weeks to write. A third soon followed. After 18 months' worth of rejection letters Laurie finally sold her first book (the third written), and after a few revisions, her original manuscript was also snapped up by a publisher.

That first book, Black Widow, earned four stars from Romantic Times magazine and was nominated for a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romance Communications.

The mother of a grown son and a teenage daughter, Laurie lives in a 100-year-old house in Augusta, Maine, with her husband and daughter.

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Die Before I Wake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Great author - great book!!! I enjoy any book that Laurie writes - and this one is no exception!!!! Highly recommend it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Julie Hanrahan goes on a cruise as a means of relaxing. On board she meets and falls in love with widower Dr. Thomas Larkin, father of two young children. He feels the same way and after a five day whirlwind courtship they marry.

Julie leaves California to live with her spouse in Maine where she struggles to adjust to the environs. However, the biggest shock is to learn that Tom¿s first wife Beth committed suicide and her two kids still grieve big time as they do not understand why their mommy died. Tom's mother, who lives with the, is outright nasty to Julie, who wonders if she should go home. As she considers fleeing to the West Coast, Beth's sister believes her sister was murdered probably by Tom, who displays a temper that he hid when they were in the Caribbean. Julie ponders whether her husband is a killer as accidents begin to befall on her.

Though the theme has been used before (for instance the classic Grant-Bergman movie Notorious) DIE BEFORE I WAKE is a tense contemporary gothic thriller with excellent spins. Laurie Breton keeps the reader off kilter guessing whether Tom is a dangerous menace ready to kill his second wife or a brooding hero unsure what to do to keep his beloved safe. The story line is fast-paced but it is Julie¿s account of the goings-on that makes the tale exciting and frightening as the audience knows the bumps in the night are real; at least in her mind. Ms. Breton provides a one sitting taut tale that keeps fans off balance with doubts between straight deadly suspense and romantic suspense.

Harriet Klausner
krb45 More than 1 year ago
Good storyline, enticing characters. Will look for others by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a heads up to anyone who dislikes books written in the first person.
I love Laurie Breton and was looking forward to her new book. The first page, first paragraph started with the word "I". I read three pages and had to put it down. I will be returning it. I wish BN would give us a heads up in their synopsis that a book is in the first person.