#bookclub Feature – While I Was Sleeping by SJV
I don’t remember what happened or what has changed.
I can still hear your voices but you can’t seem to hear me.
I was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.
Now I have to find a way back – to you, to our family, to us.
“This is going to be one of my BOOKS OF THE YEAR!!! I know this now already, because it was absolutely BRILLIANT!!! On so many levels…Dani Atkins has hooked me from the start. This book absolutely touched my heart. I don’t think I ever cried so much, reading a book. It’s heart-breaking, poignant, moving and tear-jerking. The ending of the book made me speechless!!!”
“Oh my goodness this book broke me, it had me physically sobbing but still continuing to turn the pages because it was also beautifully written and amazingly compelling. The hardest part is that I can’t talk about it with anyone who hasn’t read it because this book has so many revelations throughout the book I can’t give any spoilers away.
Seriously though, I don’t know how Dani Atkins does it. She writes such heartbreaking scenes with characters you care about so much, she puts those people through the most terrible things but you still want to keep reading the book and find out what is going to happen. I was so scared to finish this book because I was so worried about what was going to happen to the lovely friends I had got to know over the course of the novel, but I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
This story is just wonderful. It is structured in three parts with main character Maddie’s point of view making up the first part, another character’s point of view making up the second and then the final part switching perspectives between those two characters. You get to see things from both of these women and you get to feel all the feelings they are feeling and I just loved that.
The characters in this novel are so easy to love and easy to empathise with because both the main characters and the supporting characters have been through so much you instantly have sympathy for them and want the best for them. They are normal people just going about their every day lives trying to live a good and moral life and then this author writes them into these awful situations and pushes them to the limit. They have stuck with me since I finished the book and I am DESPERATE to find out what they are up to now and whether they are living happy lives!
Yes this book will make you cry, I’m not going to pretend that it won’t and it will probably break your heart but I can’t recommend reading it enough. It is beautiful and hopeful and once you pick it up you definitely won’t want to put it down because the story and the characters are just so wonderful. Dani Atkins has done it again and this is my favourite book of hers yet!“
“A beautifully written tear jerker about unconditional love and the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters.
My heart is hurting after having finished this book. It tells the tale of Maddie who wakes up from a coma one day to find that her world has changed dramatically. The relationships in her life were suddenly fraught with dilemma after dilemma and the characters were all torn as to where their loyalties should lie. I put myself in Maddie’s position whilst reading the book and found my heart utterly broken. But then once I got to know Chloe I found that I really felt empathy for her too even though I was determined not to like her. This book has made me cry and shocked me in parts as I really didn’t see some things coming. An emotional rollercoaster that will break your heart.”