Review published on November 19, 2017.
First of all, I just want to say that I absolutely loved this amazing book. A time travel book was always going to appeal but this one is done so incredibly well and it was just a pleasure to read from start to finish.
Julie Compton has a good life. She’s 49, happily single, with a thriving business, but one day she has a serious car accident and finds herself back in 1972, not in her own body but in that of a stranger, an onlooker to her early life. From there she ‘time hops’ between various bodies as she tries to change her destiny and in turn that of her family and friends.
It was absolutely fascinating to watch Julie move around between her younger self and the people she knew as a child. Each person she inhabits has a role to play and through them Julie is able to try and change some of the bad things that she knows happened and she also starts to see things that happened in the past in a different light.
The premise of this book is one that I really enjoyed for several reasons. One is that wouldn’t we all love to go back and see our childhood homes, bedrooms, friends again and meet our family again as we knew them in the past? Another is that it would be wonderful to be able to put right past wrongs and see the past with a greater clarity rather than in the black or white way a child sees them.
There’s one section where Julie visits shops from the past – well known ones that I remember well from my childhood and I just loved that blast from the past. It was a little trip down memory lane.
Louise Wise has written a brilliant book with Wide Awake Asleep. It’s so well written that I found it utterly plausible even though time travel is just a fantasy… or is it? The author has clearly done some research into the possibilities of time travel, astral projection and the effects of déjà vu, all subjects that I find so interesting and with so many possibilities.
I can’t recommend Wide Awake Asleep enough. It’s just such a fabulous read on many levels. It took me back to a different era, one of VHS video tapes, Wimpy, no mobile phones, an altogether simpler time. It thrilled me, amazed and delighted me and I was completely absorbed by it. I loved it!
Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes 5/5
Wide Awake Asleep by Louise Wise
9781973975076 pbk Jul 2017
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