- By Callum McLaughlin

False Awakening

  • Title: False Awakening
  • Author: Callum McLaughlin
  • ISBN: 9781502523891
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • False Awakening When teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together but unfortunately

    When teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there, she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together, but unfortunately, her search for answers will merely give rise to further questions Frayed relationships and haunting revelations soon come into play, leading Abi to discover that some thingsWhen teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there, she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together, but unfortunately, her search for answers will merely give rise to further questions Frayed relationships and haunting revelations soon come into play, leading Abi to discover that some things are best left forgotten With a past that is unwilling to let go, her only option is to delve into the depths of her own mind so that she can uncover the truth and finally awaken from her living nightmare.

    1 thought on “False Awakening

    1. This was such a good story. I might be biased but I loved Abi's character (and name), she was real and I could feel her struggles. The ending was also brilliant, I didn't see it coming at all.

    2. I was highly anticipating this novel. Not only is thriller my favourite genre, I’m a fan of Callum’s work, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!The descriptions are wonderful, I was transported from the opening sentence and got completely lost in Abi’s world. It was like being inside her head, experiencing the trauma with her and seeing things as she did.I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery surrounding Abi’s accident, especially the emotional conflict of those around her – it was gr [...]

    3. After reading McLaughlin’s first novel, The Vessel, I was interested to read more from him. And False Awakening is a great follow up novel, which avoids the sophomore slump that plagues many authors. The title plays with the idea of being awake without really being awaken to the past/present, and the overall plot revolves around Abi Waston’s lack of memory and misremembering of an evening’s events that lands her in the hospital. One of the things I enjoyed most about this novel was the int [...]

    4. There are a couple of things in particular that attracts me to this book.First of all, I love the writing style. It reads easy and swiftly. When you start to read, the story grabs you almost immediately and keeps you in its grasp for the remaining of the book.It has a great tension in it and sparks your curiosity throughout the chapters.The second thing I really like is that this book contains a subject very close to my heart: PTSD. I admire a story that holds issues that are normally kept hidde [...]

    5. I've been a fan of Callum McLaughlin's poetry for some time, but this was the first novel of his I've read. His use of poetic description is clearly displayed in his prose writing, throughout this tale of confusion and betrayal. A young girl is found injured, with little to no recollection of what happened to her. Another is found brutally murdered in the same vicinity. The reader goes along with Abi on her frustrating journey to piece together the events of the night she was injured, and it's w [...]

    6. This story is about a girl named Abi who has amnesia and is troubled with what she can and can't recall about the night that landed her in the hospital with this injury. Her friend died that night and there is pressure for Abi to help with the investigation. Her two other friends (Dan and Luke) where there to, but no one seems to know but Abi may know.The descriptions of the story where well written. I wanted the conflict to move a little faster there is quite a bit of internal conflict for Abi. [...]

    7. False Awakening is a solidly told story that captures the attention throughout the novel. The perils of young Abi on her friendly evening of partying turn sour when she awakens in the hospital with amnesia. The book begins to guide you on a very realistic journey to find answers in spite of the lost memory Abi has suffered. I was delightfully entertained from cover to cover.I heartily recommend this book in the spirit of good, old-fashioned story telling.

    8. Abi Watson is a typical eighteen-year-old until she wakes up in the hospital without her memory. The author takes us on an entertaining journey through what that would be like through beautifully atmospheric scenes he paints with his words. As you would expect from a YA mystery, there is a payoff at the end of the story. It was worth waiting for.

    9. ** four and a half stars**As a whole I enjoyed this story but I was not able to predict all facets of the ending. I was really surprised as I can usually suss it all out. However, whilst I managed to place my bets correctly, nothing could have prepared me for the second twist in the narrative. I’m not going to reveal it because I want to encourage as many people as possible to read the book but it’s a good’un. I definitely didn’t see it coming so in that respect Callum was able to delive [...]

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