by Ann Frasier

May 2005
ISBN: 0-451-41184-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Arden Davis, once an FBI criminal profiler, lost her grip on reality when her family was brutally murdered. Unable to deal with the haunting memories, she volunteered to be a guinea pig for a new project at a local hospital. The project was designed to wipe out any horrible memories in a personís mind. However, Arden walked away from the program as only a shell of who she once was. What memories she still has whether good or bad are left scrambled together.

Now Arden has made a new life for herself in New Mexico. She has a cheap place to rent and a job as a bartender where nobody seems to notice how many drinks she consumes.

When Special Agent Nathan Fury shows up at her workplace, she doesnít recognize him at all. In fact she is close to spending a night in what she thinks is a strangerís bed, when he tells her who he is and what he wants. It seems that Fury came all this way to tell her that the man she thought killed her parents, wasnít the right man. Fury needs her to return to the program and help him put the right person behind bars.

Once Fury returns Arden to the hospital where she had her memories erased, the action picks up quickly as things arenít what they seem. Arden and a few friends will end up escaping the hospital and taking a cross-country trip to Ardenís parents home in order to piece together what exactly is going on. What Arden hadnít counted on was that someone among them might be the real killer.

I found the newest Frasier book was strong on suspense and very light on any type of romance. Those looking for a fairly fast-paced suspense novel with lots of twists and turns will be among the first to purchase this book. Those of you who crave an element of romance with your suspense, might want to pass on Before I Wake. As for me, Frasier has become a must buy!

Reviewed in May 2005 by Shelby.

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