Book Review: Before He Wakes by Mark Allan Gunnells


Review by Leeroy Cross James 

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Synopsis: Before I entered Mark Allan Gunnells’s latest thriller, I examined the cover design. At first, I thought the lonely image of a standard house with exposed beams, but upon closer inspection I realised it was actually a steel cage—a hint towards what I was going to experience in this fast-paced claustrophobic tale of isolation and survival. But the cover gave me food for thought, in the respect that we never know what lurks behind closed doors, even in somewhere as safe as a regular house that you probably walk past every day. It was this thought that I came back to after I finished the book. It made it even more terrifying when it became clear that the “monster” in this horror story could very well be someone just as human as you or me.