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Before I Wake [Paperback]

By Dee Henderson (Author)
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Item description for Before I Wake by Dee Henderson...

In this page-turning thriller, the sheriff of Justice, Illinois, is hunting a killer who preys on female tourists, and he fears that the new detective in town--Rae Gabriella--may become the next victim.

Publishers Description
The sheriff of Justice, Illinois, is hunting a killer. Women visiting town are being murdered, tourists in nice hotels, money still in their billfolds, jewelry still on the dresser. Quiet kills--they go to sleep and never awaken. The sheriff is not pleased to find the new detective in town, Rae Gabriella, working the case on behalf of one of the families. She's staying in the same hotel as one of the victims--and her looks suggest she could be the next victim.

Community Description

Binding: Softcover
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4

"Intriguing plot . . . fast pacing . . . interesting characters . . . all of the elements that have made Henderson so popular." ---Publishers Weekly

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Citations And Professional Reviews
Before I Wake by Dee Henderson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/01/2006 page 60

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   396
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414308159  
ISBN13  9781414308159  
UPC  031809108154  

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More About Dee Henderson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O'MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Learn more at

Dee Henderson currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.

Dee Henderson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Evie Blackwell Cold Case
  2. O'Malley
  3. O'Malley (Tyndale)
  4. Uncommon Heroes (Paperback)

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Reviews - What do customers think about Before I Wake?

Do NOT judge Dee Henderson by this book.  Aug 13, 2009
What a disappointment. I stayed up until two in the morning to find out who did it only for it to not be said. She purposely lead the readers on a wild good chase. It was probably supposed to be clever but fell flat in the end. The book was all over the place plot wise. There were many things that could have been left out. I hope she will redeem herself with a sequel to this book or at least an explanation to fans.
where is the end of this mystery?  Dec 27, 2008
This is a most disappointing book. There is no resolution to the mystery. The reader is left hanging as to the killer's identity. I reread the last pages searching for a missed clue and then felt "Just Stupid" for wasting my time on the book and having no answer. This was my first (and last) Dee Henderson book.
Great Disappointment  Mar 28, 2007
I am a big fan of Dee Henderson. When I read the O'Malley series, I could not put them down. I was hooked from page one and never lost interest.

Because I was such a big fan, I was excited to go to a Christian bookstore and see her latest work, "Before I Wake." I could not wait to get home and start reading it. What a disappointment. She took 381 pages to say what could have been said in half that. It was extremely wordy. I found myself falling asleep at times and had to re-read sections several times.

I kept reading though, just knowing from past experience that it was going to get better. It never did. When I finished the last page I turned back and re-read the last few pages to see if I missed something, and discovered I didn't. My first thought was that I was missing pages. There was no ending!!! You suffer through 381 pages of boring text to find out that it led to nowhere. Ms Henderson is much better than this!! If you don't believe it, just pick up any one of the O'Malley series. You'll be spellbound!

Also, the editor missed countless spelling and grammatical errors. Should never have gone to press like that.

Sorry Dee! I know you'll do better with the sequal.
Good suspenseful story.  Feb 26, 2007
Because I enjoy the intrigue, I will probably read the next in the series. But the relationship development between the three main characters was rather flat. The love triangle idea is intriguing, but neither hero is so enticing that I would choose either of them at this point. However, I wouldn't mind spending some time to get to know them both better.
A sequel please!  Jan 29, 2007
Dee Henderson's newest release is another multi-layered suspense novel which keeps you guessing until the end.

Rae Gabriella is seeking refuge in the town of Justice, Illinois, trying to escape the memories from her former career as an FBI undercover agent and a case that went horribly wrong. Turning to her former boyfriend and now close friend, Bruce Chapel she takes up his offer to work alongside him as a private investigator and attempts to put her shattered life back together. When women start being murdered in Justice, Rae is asked to investigate by one of the distraught families and her skills and resolve are tested to the limit by a serial killer who leaves little if any evidence behind. The investigation introduces her to Sheriff Nathan Justice, a man dedicated to his town and intent on catching the killer. Nathan is reluctant to accept Rae's involvement but his protective nature and budding attraction to her hit a higher level when it becomes clear she could be the killer's next target.

The storyline of Before I Wake is much more complex and detailed than Dee's earlier books and this is to be commended. The many twists and subtle clues keep the reader intrigued throughout the story and the perpetrator's motives are hidden until the end which makes for a satisfying read. Once again the dialogue between her characters is detailed and provides much of their background and exposes their personalities in a unique way. The three main characters are interesting and their expressions of faith genuine and relevant. The romance angle of the story which Dee usually writes to perfection falls a little flat with Rae happy to encourage Bruce's attempts to reestablish their relationship while enjoying time with Nathan. It was a little implausible for my liking. Despite this the suspense is superb and I hope a sequel is written which reaches a satisfying conclusion of the storyline between these appealing characters.

Dee's books have always been a "must read" for me and that is yet to change!
A Great Book  Jan 22, 2007
This Book was great, It makes you feel like you are part of it.
Didn't Like the Book  Jan 16, 2007
I usually love Dee Henderson, but this book was really different. There was no romance in the book at all, and the story line was not interesting. It really took alot for me to even finish the book.
I really hope her next book is alot better than this one as I am a loyal Dee Henderson fan.

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