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Reviewed by Mimie Odigwe for Readers' Favorite
Wake Up by Brooke De Lira follows Madelyn Clarke as she seeks closure after a death in the family. Three years before, her brother Aiden fell to his death from a cliff at Shy Harbor, Lake Superior. Everyone believed that it had been an accident, but Madelyn knew better. Someone had murdered Aiden, but even though she had been a witness, she couldn’t remember anything that happened before the fall. Madelyn begins to lucid dream, recreating Shy Harbor as she remembered it, scouring that dull summer town, trying to regain her repressed memory. One night, she becomes trapped in her dream world, and the only way to wake up is to confront her memories and find Aiden’s killer.
In Wake Up, Brooke De Lira demonstrates how the loss of a loved one can break up a family and affect their mental health. Madelyn’s journey to find closure is easily relatable. As she works with Luke, the guy she has only seen in her dreams, and C, her consciousness, Madelyn races against time to find herself and her past. I loved the fact that the book examined relevant social issues, even though they were not central to the plot. This book was so interesting that it kept me awake. I wanted to know what happened to Aiden, and the author did not disappoint. An excellent plot, realistic characters, and a beautiful, albeit baffling, ending that leaves you questioning your sense of perception.