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The Awakening

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The celebrated author of The Alchemist leaves the world of ancient Egypt with this chilling, modern ghost story of an unraveling family....

Mary is an amnesiac who wakes up in a sanitarium with no sense of her past other than the dim memory of an incident that took the lives of her physician husband and daughter. Her psychotherapist at the sanitarium convinces her that her
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Published January 1st 2003 by Random House Publishing
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Lisa Richards
I got a hold of this book accidentally when looking for Kelley Armstrong's book by the same name. It lay on my desk for several weeks until I picked it up when looking for a stand alone short read when going to Raleigh to move my daughter back to college. It turned a 3 hour ride into a delight as I delved into this great mystery. I've got to admit that I thought I had it figured out several times but the author deftly ran circles around me. I can say little that doesn't spoil the book but you wi ...more
Christie
Donna Boyd’s novel The Awakening starts off promisingly enough. A woman wakes up, confused and disoriented. It’s clear that something traumatic has happened to her, but she has no recollection of what it is. Then we meet Paul Mason, his wife Penny and their daughter, Elsie. Paul’s a famous writer who hasn’t published anything new in over six years; Penny is a busy surgeon; Elsie is their troubled thirteen-year-old daughter. Paul and Penny’s marriage is hobbling along after Paul’s infidelity; Els ...more
Deann Doolittle
I liked the story line for the most part. Sometimes it was a little confusing and sometimes it needed a little more explaining. It was a good mystery for the most part.
Carlie
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Barbara ★
For a 200 page book, it took an unbelievably long time to get to the freaking point. A good 100 pages until it finally got mildly interesting and less confusing! It was absolutely impossible to tell which group of people (Paul, Penny and Elsie) or (Mary, Jeff and Sarah) were the main characters and who were the ghosts. Incredibly confusing, disturbing and all together boring.

This is not the first book I've read and disliked by this author but it will be the last.
Laren
The "awakening" referred to in the title is one of the main characters' return to consciousness following an event she must figure out as part of her recovery. Meanwhile, a family has arrived at a lake house trying to repair their relationships following what turns out to be more than one difficult situation. How these characters intersect and help each other heal was somewhat predictable, but at least the author scores a few points for being creative.
Melissa
Well, I ordered "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin from BookSwim.com and got this, "The Awakening" by Donna Boyd, instead. The title on the books says "The Awakening and Other Stories" but it wasn't - it was just "The Awakening." All that said, it was a cute little entertaining read. Didn't expect much of it, but I enjoyed reading it and had to keep reading to the end to see how it ended up!
Denise
Short, light engaging read. Something suitable for a weekend or beach read. A family in throes of change are united through a mystery.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Nice little mystery mixed with the supernatural. How the lives of the main characters intermix is a surprise.
Sharon
I would have given this 3.5 stars if it were an option.
Elizabeth
Very short book. I got rather lost in the wordiness.
Kathy Kingery
Real good book, will probably read again in the future.
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Donna A. Ball born in 1951 in Georgia, USA. Her ancestors were one of the first pioneer families of North Georgia, and her family still lives on the land they purchased from the Cherokee in 1782.

Her first book was published in 1982 as Donna Ball, since them she has written over a dozen works of commer
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