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‘When I Wake Up’ By Jessica Jarlvi

Don’t forget that Jessica will be visiting on June 20th 2017, with a guest post for my slot on her virtual blog tour, so stop by and have a chat with us then! Meantime, check out these explosive opening lines..


She staggers backwards, her back ramming into the car door. There is no sense of time. Instinctively, she puts her hand to her head. There’s blood on her fingers. She stares at the dripping redness, amazed. Bewildered she looks around. Did anyone see?

She’s about to speak when another blow strikes her head. Her back bangs into the door again and this time she falls over. She immediately tries to get back up but a boot explodes into her stomach and she screams, or at least she thinks she does; nothing comes out as she gasps.

Part One – ERIK – MARCH 2016

Teacher of The Year brutally attacked in school parking lot.

Life-threatening injuries … coma.

No eyewitnesses.

Erik tries to make sense of the words in the newspaper. They read like badly written lyrics. He’s holding Anna’s bruised hand; her fingernails are raw and scraped for evidence. He feels sick, emptied of emotion; he stares at his wife, he stares at the white walls.

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  • Wow! This one already sounded good in your last feature of it, but these opening lines are powerful! (especially the prologue) I look forward to seeing the author here on the 20th, so thanks for being part of her blog tour.

    Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow. I have a review scheduled that I think will interest you. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have had a good run of excellent author guest posts just lately and Jessica isn’t set to buck the trend anytime soon, so I look forward to reading what you think on the 20th.

      I agree with you about the powerful prologue and I like the descriptive style of writing. I am still trying to work out if Anna knows her attacker and I find the notion of her screaming but nothing coming out really scary and tense!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Bev,

      I like the cover art as well, although I’m still not sure whether there is any significance in the blue colouration? Also, it does look uncannily similar to the cover art of ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by S.J. Watson.

      Thanks for visiting, I always enjoy reading your comments 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      I do enjoy a good suspense thriller and this one seems to have all the right ingredients!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Breana,

      This is my first foray into the world of Nordic Noir and it sounds as though I couldn’t have chosen a better author than Jessica to begin my journey with!


      I have just begun a new book which has been lurking on my Kindle TBR list for far too long

      ‘Scared To Death’ by Rachel Amphlett


      I hope that you are also reading something good right now 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      The fact that we are in a school parking lot, she thinks to look around to see if anyone has seen what is going on and that the author has her about to speak, all indicate that to me that she might possibly know her attacker – teacher, pupil, or someone from outside the school who shouldn’t be inside the grounds?? – curioser and curioser!!

      I wonder if my own guess will be right?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Some beginnings start slowly and build their way into the story, whilst others hit you between the eyes from the very start.

      With ‘When I Wake Up’, Jessica has definitely gone for the big opening!!

      I love the title of your featured book, I’m stopping by now to check it out 🙂

    • Hi Jo-Ann,

      Thank you so much for deciding to stop by this week. I always enjoy ‘meeting’ new people, love to receive comments and discuss all things bookish and beyond!

      I have a whole raft of books both real and virtual, written by Nordic authors, sat on my shelves waiting to be read. However Jessica’s email arrived at just the right moment for me and I decided to make ‘When I Wake Up’ my first foray into the genre.

      Jessica has sent through a lovely guest post ready for June 20th, the cover art for the book is suitably spooky and the opening lines take you right to the centre of the action, so things are looking very promising so far!!

      I am crossing over now to check out your blog and I hope that you have enjoyed your weekend so far. ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

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