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New On My Shelf This Week

This week’s recommendation and blog tour spot request (Jessica will be stopping by on June 20th 2017), comes once again from the lovely Yasemin Turan from ‘Aria Digital Publishing‘, who is determined to keep my reading schedule full, single-handedly – I love it Yasemin!


‘Why won’t Mummy wake up?’

When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife’s secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy. 

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she’s lying silent in a hospital bed…


Image Of Author Jessica JarlviBorn in Sweden, Jessica moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business.

She worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago where she edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing.

Since 2010, Jessica has taught journalism and media at a local university, and has spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm.

In 2016, she was one of the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Jessica is married with three spirited children, and although she’s known for her positivity, her writing tends to be rather dark!

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Cleo,

      Yes! My first time reading a book with Sweden as its setting, so I’m looking forward to it.

      I can only speculate about what Anna’s secret life might be and they will probably all be wrong!!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day 🙂

  • Love the small town with all its secrets and hidden things.. 🙂

    Being a former teacher, this may be a bit too close to home, but the mystery and story line sound intriguing.

    You will have to let me know about the wife’s secret life. 🙂

    ENJOY, Yvonne.

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    • Ah! Elizabeth,

      But as you have a teaching career in common with Anna, will you tell me if you also have the same secret life as she does, when I discover what that is? 🙂 – Just Joking!

      Have a good week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I have many books by Nordic authors sitting on my shelves, however I have yet to find the opportunity to read any of them.

      As Jessica’s book is part of a review request and blog tour, I shall definitely be reading ‘When I Wake Up’, sooner rather than later.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have several books written by Nordic authors, on my shelves. However I have yet to read any of them, which has not so much to do with their reputation for being ‘dark’ in nature, as simply not having enough hours in the day!

      Jessica does make a point of saying in her bio, that her writing is noted for being rather dark, so I shall be looking forward to testing the waters with this, my first ‘Nordic’ thriller!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are enjoying this week of early summer we are getting 🙂

  • You’ve certainly captured my interest with this one and have my own guesses as to what her secret might entail. I look forward to more posts about it in the future.

    What an eye-catching cover! (sorry, I couldn’t resist that) 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      Whilst I agree about the ‘eye-catching’ cover, I wasn’t sure about the significance of it being blue? – Unless that it is something to do with Anna’s comatose state!

      I did note the very strong similarity to another book’s cover though ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by S.J. Watson – also another book about sleep and waking!


      I don’t have any strong feelings about such similarities in general, however given the amount of great cover art and artists out there, maybe something a bit more original?

      Life is manic here this week, so sorry for not visiting quite so regularly and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

      • I’m assuming you’ve read the Watson book? I read it a number of years ago (when my review format was a bit different) and really enjoyed it. The movie version is quite close to the book and good, as well.

        • I have to hold my hands up and admit that I must be one of the very few people who haven’t read the Watson book, or watched the film! It is still languishing on one of my many lists and who knows when I shall get to it 🙂

          Like yourself, I have many reviews written before my blog was officially up and running properly and I keep promising myself to update their format and republish here at Fiction Books. I will definitely get around to it one day 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      I do love a good suspense thriller, so what’s not to enjoy by the sounds of things!

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

    • Hi Mary,

      I’m not so sure that the revelations and secrets will be coming out thick and fast, but it definitely sounds as though the lies and untruths are going to begin from day one!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I wonder, just how many secrets can one person have and how bad might they be that you deserve a beating which hospitalises you in a coma! – Intriguing indeed 🙂

      ‘Happy Reading’

    • Hi Robert,

      I agree that when a short, simple, first line like this one is used in a book’s premise, without saying too much at all, it can set the scene and the entire tone of a book beautifully.

      I am hoping that when I get to them, the actual first lines of the book are just as strong!

      Great to have you stop by 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I think that’s the million dollar question and from reading between the lines of the comments I have received, everyone has their own theory going on – although I’m not sure that they are all the same and I am wondering who is going to be right from amongst you all 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I’m not sure which is going to generate the most suspense in this story – The secrets which begin to emerge from the local community when Erik begins his investigations, or the suspense of waiting for Anna to wake up when everyone realises that she is the only one who knows the ultimate truth!

      Thanks for stopping by this week and I hope that you enjoy your weekend 🙂

Written by Yvonne