Before He Wakes by Mark Allan Gunnells


“The power in the story comes from expertly timed beats that have the pace and feel of a Hollywood script with characters that you can not only root for but actually come to care about.”–Horror DNA

This one is a mail bitter! The tension does not end through out the entire story. There’s so many great things happening here in Before He Wakes. The characters are well-fleshed out, especially Patrick, our hero. There’s a lot of detail here within this character that could be argued as unnecessary, but this isn’t a bad thing. These time details only enhance the story and make it what it is.”–Jason White

This book positively drips tension. As the story progresses, Mark ramps it up and even when we think we’re about to experience elation and freedom and sweet, sweet success… this book is a masterclass on tension and I had to stay up and finish it last night, needing to know what happened.”–Kendall Reviews

Very clever plot. The twist. I know it’s a cliche to say I never saw it coming, but really, I didn’t. I was lost in the story, getting all anxious for the characters, and then… Really excellent.“–Sarah Huntington


Patrick and Clare wake up trapped in a basement, a thin wall separating their cells. Their captor is mysteriously absent, which at first seems like a blessing. As more time passes with no food or water, they begin to realize a clock is ticking for their survival.

Combining their intelligence and determination, the two begin plotting an escape from their shared prison. Overcoming each obstacle only presents another obstacle standing in the way of their freedom. It will take all of their ingenuity and strength to find their way out of this mess.

They know their captor is still out there, and it is only a matter of time before he returns.

BEFORE HE WAKES is a fast-paced and tense thriller that ratchets up the suspense and tension before the thrilling conclusion.

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