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When I Wake Up

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,090 ratings  ·  208 reviews
A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.

'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 hav
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Aria
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When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi is a 2017 Aria publication.

This book is a bizarre, twisty, little thriller that caught me off guard.

When a popular, dedicated teacher is savagely beaten, leaving her in a coma, her family and colleagues are shocked and devastated.

Investigators seem stumped. By all accounts Anna was highly regarded, lived for her job, and lead a quiet life. Who would want to hurt her? But, as the case unfolds, it becomes obvious that several people closely connected to Anna, has
ReadAlongWithSue [Catching-Up]
This is a book that I would encourage everyone who knows me about my love for books, should read. It's had me glued. When I had to put it down I couldn't stop thinking about what I was reading.

Anna is a teacher, she's a committed teacher who goes that extra mile for her pupils.
There is one pupil who has "issues" that Anna gets involved in. But this pupil has other ideas.
He wants more than Anna can give, but, does she know that?

The other couple in this story has an unconventional lifestyle. S
WHEN I WAKE UP is a dark mystery/thriller debut novel by author Jessica Jarlvi. This fast- paced novel packs a punch and will have you totally gripped from beginning to end. I can just say set some time aside to where you will not be disturbed so you can devote to figuring out who the attacker is. I loved this book!

'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 shoc
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anna is a young mother of two little twin boys living with her husband who is a house painter by day and want to be rock star by night while Anna is the main support for the family with her job as a teacher. One thing about Anna is that she cares deeply for her students and her job which can be a subject of conflict in her marriage.

One night after returning to the school Anna is attacked in the parking lot and savagely beaten and left for dead. Fortunately though Anna is found in time and rushe
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2017
Well, this year is off to a good start. I can't believe I wasted an audible credit on this hot mess of a book.

I was hoping this would be a psychological thriller, like 'Before I Go To Sleep', but I should've been wary of something that's so clearly trying to emulate something else. While this is definitely trying to be'Before I Go to Sleep', it is so spectacularly unsuccessful in this attempt that it made me roll my eyes so hard, an exorcist was called and it was quite an ordeal.

The characters
Kris - My Novelesque Life
I have been in a mystery book slump for awhile. As you know the mystery genre is my favourite so I have read a lot. If a mystery can keep me guessing or keep interested I am sold on that author. Jessica Jarlvi is an author I am going to be looking forward to in the future!

RATING: ★★★★
June 2016; Aria

Anna, a teacher and mother of twins, has been savagely beaten and is now in a coma. Her husband, Erik is in limbo and it is driving him crazy. He must take over as the sole parent and figure out how t
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small town in Sweden, When I Wake Up centers on Anna, a young, committed teacher and mother of five-year-old twins. Anna is in a coma after a brutal beating in the parking lot of her school. Why would anybody want to harm a young woman who was 'teacher of the year'?
As it turns out, there are actually quite a few suspects with a motive. The story switches timeframes from the present to the months leading up to the attack on Anna. There are numerous points of view as well, but the story w
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book usually takes me two or three days to read it, even one if I’m completely hooked on. “When I wake up” took me 6 long days so, NOT A GOOD SIGN! Although it has almost 500 pages it felt twice as long.

When Anna is beaten into a coma, the small Swedish community where she lives is shocked, as apparently she was leading the perfect life and didn’t seem to have any enemies. But not all that glitters is gold!

I was expecting a suspense/mystery novel, following the police investigation, but instea
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Anna is a high school teacher in a small Swedish community who is viciously attacked in the parking lot and left for dead. She is in coma and her husband Erik, looking after their twin boys is out for revenge. Little by little Erik starts unravelling Anna’s life and her secrets which includes a student stalking her and a secret affair with a married lover. Erik meanwhile has his own problems as his one night stand has become very emotionally invested in him. There are a lot of people that have a ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I Wake Up opens up with a breathtaking scene. Anna is brutally and savagely attacked at what seems to be a parking lot. Then she loses conscious.
“Then everything turns eerily quiet”

With such an opening, I was fully alert. Anna is a well-loved school teacher. She goes into coma after this brutal attack. Her husband Erik is devastated and her little 5 years old twins can’t make out what’s wrong with their mum. No one can figure out what happened to Anna and who could ever attack h
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marketed as a “heart-pounding thriller to delight fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep”, When I Wake Up is a story told through multiple perspectives and flashes back and forth between past and present. A teacher, Anna, is in a coma after being savagely beaten. Only two people know the truth: Anna, who is lying silently in a hospital bed and the attacker.

As mentioned, the chapters move back and forth through time and feature various character perspectives. Anna’s chapters disc
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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When I Wake Up is told through various viewpoints both before Anna’s attack and afterwards. There is a lot going here and several characters to follow, but it wasn’t confusing at all. The chapters are clearly labeled by name and the month and year so it’s super easy to keep up with. Part of the fun of this book is with so many characters, virtually everyone is a suspect. At first glance, it seems really strange that a well respected teacher li
The Wordsworm
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think I must be getting picky in my old age, getting harder to please. I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I thought Gone Girl was stunning, and Before I Go To Sleep was a delicious treat. So, I was intrigued when I read the premise for this book, eagerly digging into it. However, it turns out this is really not my kind of book. The premise is fantastic, but I found the pace of the novel difficult, feeling as though there were moments that I knew I was meant to find tense and didn’t. I ul ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quiet sleepy small town. A beloved teacher, a devoted wife and mother of young twins...who would want to brutally beat her up and leave her for dead? The book actually starts with the attack scene and then cleverly unfolds in present and recent past timelines to answer that very question, because no one is really what they seem at first glance. Few things are currently as popular as female authored female driven suspense mystery thrillers and Scandinavian crime fiction. This one combines both an ...more
Dick Whittington
Story and characters are shallow, unproductive and not very enjoyable. Filled with unnecessary sexual encounters and partners of all varieties contributing very little to the story. Reviews and ratings seem significantly stronger than warranted. Either that or I miss a whole bunch somewhere.
Sibel Hodge
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When teacher Anna is viciously attacked, leaving her in a coma, the reader is taken on a gripping and tensely dark ride where you suspect everyone! A great read :) xx
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anna is left for dead after being attacked in a carpark which results in her being left in hospital in a coma. Her husband Eric wants to know why this has happened and begins digging into Anna's life to see what he can find out, who would want to hurt her? Eric is quite surprised and devastated by what he does find out and it seems there is more than one person that may have wanted Anna harmed. I really enjoyed this story and found the characters and story both believable. I would like to thank ...more
There was a lot thst went on in this book. Relationships, blackmail, obsession, abuse & the list goes on. So much went on that towards the end it was a tad much. But a good read.

Thanks to NetGalley for this copy to review.
When I saw the blurb for When I Wake Up, I was intrigued. I’ve been dipping my toes more into the Scandicrime genre but this is different to the police procedural style novels from Staalsen and Dahl I’ve read.

The time jumps in the story works really well. it provides the intrigue, building as we learn what has happened in the weeks running up to Anna’s attack. The way the story drops in more and more information, the more I felt I didn’t know who it was. With each chapter set in the past, each
Pamela Small
This sordid book is chock full of deviant behavior and dysfunctional families.The mystery takes back seat to ALL the smut and bawdiness that is prevalent throughout the entire book will ALL the cast of characters. The premise of the plot seemed intriguing at first....until the lewd and lascivious onslaught took over and overwhelmed. Additionally, there are no likeable characters, and I did not connect with any of them. The author seemed more interested in creating a ribald storyline than creatin ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one. Took me a while to get into it but that was more to do with moving house and not having time to read. I liked the style od writing particularly towards the end. Definitely worth a read in my opinion
Ken Fredette
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jessica Jarivi kept me going on who beat up Anna throughout most of the story one minute it was Pernilla the next it was Daniel the next it was Rolf the next it was Erik. She had me making my mind up before she had Anna find the incriminating evidence. As it turned out Anna had a full recovery. We won't give it away you must read this for yourself. ...more
Mary Ann
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well! This was a weird, but most enjoyable, wild roller coaster of a ride. I found myself thinking of the Great Ladies of Crime, Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie; Jarlvi has more suspects and red herrings than either of them, and the suspense lasts almost to the very end. I also recalled those great psychological thriller films, the vintage 1944 Gaslight (Charles Boyer) and Wait until Dark (Audrey Hepburn).

Jarlvi's characterizations are superb, and they act consistently throughout the stor
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
An interesting mystery with a lot of very unlikable characters. Anna, a teacher, is in a coma after being attacked. We get different points of view of the aftermath, as well as the events leading up to it. There is no shortage of suspects. Daniel, her student, was stalking her. He lives with an alcoholic, neglectful mother. Erik, Anna's husband, is trying to hold it together. He is an immature mama's boy who thinks it's OK to leave his little kids and go on a boys' night out when his wife lies u ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book's description was very intriguing and held a lot of promise for a great storyline. I found the characters to all be very unlikeable and the storyline to be rather disturbing. This book didn't appeal to me as a reader, but I think there will be other readers who find this story to be appealing. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***Note I wrote this review before finishing the book. Now that I have finished I can confirm it is just a bad as my initial thoughts, just the end wasn’t exactly as expected (and I don't mean in a good or satisfying way). There is a TLDR at the end for that. ***

This is truly the worst book I have ever read. I am astounded to see so many excellent reviews on here. Were they bought by the author? Did you all get a different copy of this story than I did? There must be some mistake.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Intrigue in small-town Sweden

Anna is married with two young twin boys. She is a high school (I guess it's considered high school in Sweden) teacher in Mörna, Skåne County, Sweden. Her husband, Erik, is a house painter but has big dreams about making it as a rock star.

One night Anna is working late at school and ends up being beaten and left for dead in the school parking lot, falling into a coma.

The story is told from multiple points of view and covers a few months in time - before and after the
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This was supposed to be a who dunnit thriller, but I was so busy trying to keep track of who was sleeping with who that I actually kept forgetting about the woman in the coma.
Some awkward sex scenes, a few red herrings and a VERY disappointing reveal left me shrugging ny shoulders and saying "ehh..?"
At least I read it in a day..
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Who would assault and almost kill a young mother and popular teacher, so much respected in the community that she has recently won the “teacher of the year” award? According to Anna’s friends and family, she had no enemies, no one who would wish her harm. Fighting for her life in ICU, Anna herself is unable to shed any light on the situation. Anna’s little twin boys are devastated that their mummy is not coming home, and her overwhelmed husband Erik is becoming convinced that the police have hit ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
WHEN I WAKE UP by Jessica Jarlvi sounded like a fascinating psychological thriller and I hoped that it would be worth a read but nothing prepared me for this shocking story that was completely unexpected, clever, and sharp.

When Anna is savagely beaten and left in a coma, this small community in Sweden is shocked that something like this could happen to such a lovely woman. A brilliant teacher, Anna takes her job seriously and really wants to make a difference in her student's lives and in her pe
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Born in Sweden, Jessica moved to London before her career in publishing, editing and PR took her to the USA and the Middle East. Having also completed her Masters in Creative Writing and taught journalism to undergraduate students, writing is her true passion. Jessica won a Montegrappa First Fiction Award at the Emirates Festival of Literature in 2016, catching the eye of her agent Luigi Bonomi. H ...more

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