By Justin Bog
Genre: Literary Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, LGBT
A FATHER IS HAUNTED BY HIS PAST — HIS WIFE LIVES HER LIFE IN A RIGID SHELL — THEIR SON, UNTETHERED, DISCOVERS THE SECRET THEY SHARE WITH DEEPIKA, A VISITOR TO THEIR TOWN.
“I see all of these people. They’re living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won’t remember any of it when—if—I wake up. But I’ll try to remember—I’ll try damn hard.”
MIDDLETON, MONTANA—OCTOBER 2004—AN ELECTION YEAR
A small college town’s populace is tied, complicitly, to the brutal attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast.
While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family’s darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.
Wake Me Up is about teenager,Chris Bullet, who ends up in a coma after a fatal encounter with hateful classmates. He is in a tragic state, but his mind wanders over his past and the people closest to him. Chris will see secrets that have been buried away.
Wake Me Up is really interesting. It is absolutely awesome to be next to Chris as he relives his past. At first I was confused, 'like whoa is he better?', but then I realized that the author was taking us back to before the accident. I liked that the author has brought attention to hate crimes because it is a real issue that has hurt many people.
The book is capturing, it surprises you. I liked Chris because he is a teenager living with some tough problems. He acts as any other angst filled teen who deals with family issues. Wake Me Up is filled with heart stopping drama and shocking secrets. I'd recommend this to any reader who wants a creatively written book. Five stars!
A member of ITW: International Thriller Writers group, Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest with his two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling. He is the author of the Suspense Magazine Award-winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition, and Hark: A Christmas Collection. Find Justin at http://www.justinbog.com and on Facebook at Justin Bog.