4.5 Muffins Book Reviews

Review of ‘Awake’ by Melanie Surani

Surani sent me this book via my blog in exchange for an honest review. I was captured by the idea of ‘which is more fearful, inside or outside?’ and I am very pleased to say that I made the right decision in accepting this title! I loved it and found the story so captivating!

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘Awake’ by Melanie Surani

In author Melanie Surani’s edgy thriller novel, opera singer Joshua Gray wakes in an eerie art museum exhibit. He comes to believe he’s been kidnapped and abandoned. And he isn’t the only one…

As Josh and four others struggle to piece together their new reality, they discover the museum’s main building has been razed and the place is boarded with no obvious exit. Who left them in the museum and why? How can they escape? The only link that binds them together is a mysterious woman named Blair, who they each encountered before blacking out. Josh unexpectedly finds himself drawn to one of the other captives, a long-time fan named Sophia. Their attraction plunges the group into a dark pool of suspicion. When allegiances shift and pieces connect, the strangers are forced to reassess their situation. Is the real danger inside or outside of the museum?

Suspenseful, romantic and filled with drama, Awake will keep you up all night.

My Review

This title was a suspenseful, thrilling novel about a group of people who learn to live with each other when they find themselves dumped in a museum, as well as learning the connection between them and trying to figure out why on earth they are there in the first place.

The first half of the book is set in an abandoned museum you later find out to be situated underground, and the second half is in the fearful unknown world of the outside. Everything that happens in the book, whilst in third person, is mainly told from the viewpoint of one of 5 characters: Josh, Sophia, Ajay, Don and Demetri, although occasionally seen from other character’s perspective’s. With the character’s cluelessness as to why they have been stranded where they are, comes the readers curiosity to read on and find out. The writing style has made this quite strong and willed me to keep reading onwards to find out everything I needed to know. The whole story was completely unpredictable, and I always feel like that is the most important element any good thriller book should have. The ending was very climactic, and left with more questions than I started with, and I was still thinking about it days after I had finished reading! As fore mentioned, the plot was very fast paced due to the suspense and curiosity sparked within me, but also, Surani made sure all of the threads that were untied to begin with were tied up by the end with no loose threads, which is how a good thriller should end.

I liked how there was quite a wide selection of characters with a variety of personalities so there were different things you could like and hate about them. On the whole, I thought Josh was such a lovely character, and he wasn’t like a usual hero, and had his strengths and weaknesses. I like that in a character because it shows that they are more realistic; therefore easier to connect with. Josh’s phobia of blood, and his adoration and passion for music was what made him really stand out as the most realistic character out of the whole ‘museum bunch’. Out of the other characters, Sophia probably had the most depth to her, whereas the others were kind of side characters who could have had a more developed personality in my opinion. Also, although Josh and Sophia were key characters for me, I thought that the attempt at a love story in the museum was slightly drab, and could have been built up a bit more. It seemed very rushed at the beginning, which was the more unrealistic side of the characters.

Once the ‘museum gang’ made it outside, the whole story just went BANG and everything started happening at once. At times, it was a little bit hard to follow, but everything really started to unfold and develop with additional personalities involved in the story. With this, the book kept me guessing more than it did at the beginning! The massive climax at the end when the mastermind behind the whole plan and the museum gang confront each other was amazing. It was so so tense and finally unravels everything that has previously been questioned. Scenes like these, such as the smaller confrontations throughout the book, where particularly well written which is what made it so tense. Every time a question arose, the book got so much more tense and thrilling it made me wasn’t to read way past my (non-existent) bedtime!!

I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of thrillers and mystery, and definitely those who have plenty of time on their hands because once you pick up ‘Awake’, you will not put it down!

My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)

By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

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