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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
To Wake The Dead is a work of paranormal fiction, action, and thrills penned by author Sarah Lampkin. The work forms the second novel of the Dead Dreamer series and is suitable for mature readers due to its scenes of graphic violence and the use of explicit language. Following the events of To Dream Is To Die, we now find heroine Brenna Whit as a survivor of a horrifying freshman year at Nephesburg College. As she returns to class a sophomore, with more skills and knowledge that the average student, the line she walks between the dead and living gets ever thinner. So begins a dangerous battle wherein her own soul is trying to kill her and her true identity is at risk.
Author Sarah Lampkin has produced a conceptually rich novel series that offers so much depth and development in its many paranormal aspects. The political and power structure of the Gatekeepers is well organized and explained, causing much grief for Brenna, and her battle with Maura, her soul’s other personality, resonates with a scary amount of realism and parallels to our own battles with the dark half of ourselves. The whole work is intelligently themed on these central pillars, making the action truly dynamic and drawing us into the character arcs so that we really care about the fate of our heroine. Overall, To Wake The Dead continues an excellently penned series, adding new layers of depth and new heights of action and dark thrills to Brenna’s life: a highly recommended read.