Review: While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins

Title: While I Was Sleeping

Author: Dani Atkins

Pages: 560 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

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.


The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank the team at Book and the City who sent me a copy of While I Was Sleeping. I wasn’t able to attend their social due to work commitments but they made me feel included by sending me some party goodies.

Secondly, I would like to ask Book and the City what the heck did they think they were doing? This Book – While I Was Sleeping – has broken me. I mean, I am a shell of the person I was before!

While I Was Sleeping is the story of Maddie. At 28, her life seems perfect. She is set to marry the man of her dreams, she is living her best life until tragedy strikes. Then the world as she knew it comes crumbling down at her feet.

Through fear of not wanting to give too much away I will just tell you how this book made me feel rather than content or storyline within the book. I was crushed. I felt frustrated with the unfairness of it all. You cannot help but feel broken for our protagonist and become quite angry with everything.

In a style that I equate to Jodi Picoult, Atkins then shifts focus and you feel frustrated afresh with unfairness from a different point of view.

When I read While I Was Sleeping I laughed, I cried and I put the book down because I couldn’t read any further without losing another night sleep.

All in all, it was fantastic but be warned, While I Was Sleeping will break you.

While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins is available from 23rd August 2018.

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