(Before I Wake was provided to me by Active Christian Media for the purpose of review.)
Before I Wake
by Dee Henderson
I have adored Dee Henderson‘s books ever since I fell in love with the O’Malley family series a few years back. Ms. Henderson’s fiction is suspenseful and well-written, and deals with issues that people of faith face every day – even if we aren’t a hostage negotiator or paramedic or hold any of the other high-adrenaline jobs her characters have.
Before I Wake is a romantic thriller along the same lines as the O’Malley series. Rae Gabriella is an ex-FBI agent starting over as a private investigator in the firm her ex-boyfriend owns. Her first day on the job throws her into the middle of a murder investigation, a local labor strike, and feelings of attraction to two different men, one of whom she has a past with.
The characters are well-written, and the plot is suspenseful. I read this book in two days – and it was a perfectly entertaining read to follow up Great Expectations with. The only problem I had was that the ending seemed fairly abrupt. I wanted more! But if I’m reading things right, I believe this book is the beginning in a series that has the potential to be as great as the O’Malley series is.
Intertwined with the mystery is the characters’ theological struggle with why God allows so much evil in the world. This is handled well in dialogue and is never heavy-handed. I imagine this is a topic Christians in law enforcement deal with on a daily basis.
I give this book 3 and a half out of 4 stars. I will definitely be reading any further books in this series. If you’re a fan of romantic thrillers, this is a great read.