Book Review: While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins @HarperCollinsUK @NetGalley @AtkinsDani #booksonthebookshelf #WhileIWasSleeping #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger #NetGalley

While I Was Sleeping

PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster UK

PUBLICATION DATE: August 23rd, 2018


Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for providing me with a free eARC copy of this book to read and review and share with my social media followers.



I don’t remember what happened or what has changed.

I can still hear your voices but you can’t seem to hear me.

I was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.

Now I have to find a way back – to you, to our family, to us.



Three words to describe this book – emotional, heart-breaking, powerful!

This book! Wow! I literally had to put this book down on several occasions to gather my thoughts and to digest what I was reading before being able to carry on with the book! I felt so many different emotions while reading this book – there were moments when I was upset, sad, angry, mad, frustrated, happy, you name it…I felt it… This book had me feeling all the feelings.

There were times I wanted to yell at the different characters, cry along with them and feel their sorrow and their pain. Give them a hug in their time of need, empathise and sympathise with them…. Oh so many emotions!

This book is written in two different timelines, past and present, and from different points of view.

The first section is written from the main character Maddie’s point of view. She is pregnant, in love, and due to be married. Due to a tragic car accident she enters into a coma and when she suddenly and unexpectedly wakes up thinks thinks can resume as they were – with her happily in love with the man of her dreams, Ryan.  Only to find out that while she was ‘sleeping’, time waited for no one.

The second section is written from Chloe’s point of view. A helper in the hospital who gives her time to the various patients in the hospital, reading to them, brushing their hair, chatting with them, etc. Chloe and Maddie’s paths cross while Maddie is ‘sleeping’ in her coma and their lives become intertwined.

The final section is a combination of Maddie and Chloe’s points of view.

You cannot help feeling so many different emotions while reading this book, and without giving too much away and giving away spoilers, you’ll have to read this highly emotional book for yourself. But trust me, it is definitely worth the read. But be warned – this book is amazingly emotional, powerful, and full of heartbreak!

Definitely one of my favourite books I have read this year! This was the first book I have read by this author and it definitely will not be my last!


MY RATING: 5/5 stars

4 thoughts on “Book Review: While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins @HarperCollinsUK @NetGalley @AtkinsDani #booksonthebookshelf #WhileIWasSleeping #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger #NetGalley

    1. Thanks so much Hayley! 🙂 Yes you should read this very soon. My gosh! I am still emotional over this book. It was so well written and I can’t even explain how many emotions I felt reading it. I definitely have to look in Dani’s other novels after reading this one! Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did 🙂


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