Insomnia can have the most sinister causes.Gemma is faced with the prospect of repossession after her husband Liam vanishes under mysterious circumstances leaving only a black contorted doodle as a clue to why.But her problems are only just beginning when in desperation Gemma takes up an evening commission performing erotic routines for chronic insomniac voyeur, Luke who wInsomnia can have the most sinister causes.Gemma is faced with the prospect of repossession after her husband Liam vanishes under mysterious circumstances leaving only a black contorted doodle as a clue to why.But her problems are only just beginning when in desperation Gemma takes up an evening commission performing erotic routines for chronic insomniac voyeur, Luke who watches from across the courtyard in his apartment.Gemma begins to suspect that voyeurism is but a more benign pastime of Luke’s as she ponders on the real cause of his insomnia.As the horrifying truth about Liam’s disappearance unfurls, Gemma finds herself trapped into Luke’s obligation and consumed with paranoia regarding Luke’s real motives.She is about to find out what it is like to be psychologically tied to someone she fears most....
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Falling Awake Reviews
22/02/2014 - I feel the need to write an update. I've read the first five chapters - got to that point a week or two ago, and I've not been able to face it since. It's a well written book, but I am not enjoying it at all and don't feel like I want to continue at the moment. As I won it on a goodreads giveaway, I feel I need to try more with it, so for now I've put it to one side and I'm going to give it another go in a couple of weeks.06/03/2015 - Well, I never did get back to this one. I keep coming across it and thinking no, I don't want to dabble my feet back into that world today. It's a year later and I think it's time to accept that me and this book just aren't going to get along. The story really isn't my cup of tea, however, I will point out that this is the reason why I'm quitting rather than my usual reason for quitting a book, which is that it's so badly written/plotted or generally bad that I can't be doing with it. I will try and see if I can pass this copy on to someone interested in reading it.
I won the book in the GoodReads giveaway. 'Falling Awake' by Charles, J. Harwood is a well-written and interesting read. Everytime, I closed the book I struggled to come back to reality, and I constantly caught myself analysing the events presented in the book. The book is a great challenge on psychological level. The main character of the book, Gemma, who is on the edge of losing her house, accepts a job offer to perform erotic routines for Luke, chronic insomniac, who is watching her (and one other girl) from the window of his flat. I enjoyed the writing style of the author: well-described, presented from Gemma's and Luke's perspective. At some times, it can be repetitive as both characters touch down on the same events, but from their own perspectives. Some may find it confusing as past events are often introduced in the present flow of the book. I would recommend it to anyone, who does not enjoy easy-reads.
I found this book a little difficult to get into, at first, and wouldn't categorise this as an easy read. This would not be a typical storyline, I would be drawn to, however I thought the plot, well thought out (if a little unusual), and felt in retrospect that it was handled quite well.I wasn't totally surprised by the ending, feeling in a sense that the ending was a natural progression to the storyline, but enjoyed what for me was a very " different read".
This was the second novel by Harwood that I was asked to read and review give that they are a local author. The subject matter of this though appealed to me a lot less than the other novel. The activities of an insomniac voyeur and how a woman down on her luck comes to feature in his staged encounters just wasn't my thing.However, the writing was fine with some good scenes in terms of Gemma's problems and how she resolved them.
I thought this book was a brilliant psychological chiller. It was very unusual, beautifully written, and compelling.In some ways the storyline reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock at his best.I'll certainly be reading more books by this author.