Book Review : Don’t Wake Me by Martin Krüger


Title: Don’t Wake Me

Author: Martin Krüger

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Release Date: 17th December 2020

Source: NetGalley
She came to the island to escape what she did. But the island won’t let her forget.

It was a terrible, terrible accident. Jasmin Hansen knows she hit something. It must have been a deer—that’s what her husband keeps telling her. But Jasmin saw a man’s face, and the nightmares won’t stop.

Some time out at their holiday home on the remote island of Minsøy seems the ideal solution for Jasmin and her five-year-old son, Paul. But you can’t hide from your memories, and Jasmin is haunted at every turn. When mysterious messages begin to arrive at her isolated cottage, it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one who knows what happened that night. Somebody wants her to pay. And when Jasmin uncovers the island’s shocking long-held secret, she realises there isn’t a single person she and Paul can trust.

As the island closes in on her and the threats against her escalate, can Jasmin discover who knows the truth of what she did before it’s too late?
This was an intriguing synopsis, a woman running to a remote Norwegian island, her memory of a terrible accident patchy and ghosts of that night not letting her rest.  It certainly ticked my boxes with bonus ticks for the Norwegian setting, I had high hopes for this one.

The story flits between the present when Jasmin travels to a remote island to stay at her isolated holiday home.  With her travels her young son Paul and their dog.  She is trying to clear her mind after a car crash in which she is convinced she killed a man.  Now there is no evidence of this ever happening, even her husband says it must have been a deer but she is plagued by images of the man she thinks she killed.  Can she put her memories back together?

Her remote house which should help aid her recovery fills her full of unease, like someone is watching her.  The island is not a safe haven, she seems to have run out of the frying pan straight in to the fire.

Sorry if that’s a bit vague, I think I’d be a risk of too many spoilers if I go any deeper.  So I did like this book but it has some major twists, one of which is possibly a twist too far and left me feeling a bit disappointed.  It has an amazing dark, suspenseful, atmospheric setting, plenty of creeps but that last part of the book wasn’t for me.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.






12 comments

  1. This sounds like it had potential, but I know what you mean about twists. If they go too far they can ruin the book.

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  2. Some twists aren't necessary are they? But I am always drawn to books set on remote islands. :)

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    1. So am I, I love a remote island but it was one twist too much.

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  3. This sounds really good but I'm sorry it didn't work for you. I like twists but if they get implausible I start to tune out.

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  4. Oh, how an ending can influence our reading!

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  5. I hate it when the last part of a book lets it down like that. It's so frustrating.

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  6. It reminds me of a book I read last year, not a bad book, but all these coincidences... Too much !

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