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WAKE by Anna Hope | Book Review

In Books on 04/07/2014 at 4:43 PM

“War wins” he says “And it keeps on winning, over and over again”

I must say that the thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, I couldn’t see the expression she had on her face and that bothered me so much I couldn’t resist diving into Anna Hope’s masterpiece. The only regret I have is that I didn’t read this book sooner. “Wake” is luxury. Pure luxury.

RATING: 5/5 

Wake by Anna Hope 1

Five Days in November, 1920:

As the body of the Unknown Soldier makes its way home from the fields of Northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their own way: Hettie, who dances for sixpence a waltz at the Hammersmith Palais; Evelyn, who toils at a job in the pensions office, and Ada, a housewife who is beset by visions of her dead son. One day a young man comes to her door. He carries with him a wartime mystery that will bind these women together and will both mend and tear their hearts.

A portrait of three intertwining lives caught at the faultline between empire and modernity, Wake captures the beginnings of a new era, and the day the mood of the nation changed for ever.




1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep

2) Ritual for the dead

3) Consequence or aftermath

Firstly, I’d like to start by thanking the heavens and every square mile beyond that Hope did not waste her talents on nauseating young adult fiction, you know the ones where someone is alway screwed up and someone always has a secret. I’d also like to express my joy over the fact that Hope did not throw yet another trilogy into the market. “Wake” is a gift to book lovers, perfection standing alone… perfectly. I dare say that it is one of  the best written book I have ever read.

The post world war one England that Hope creates is so tangible, I feel as if I could walk straight in it. Fitting to the name, the novel shows the aftermath of  WWI on three particular women, it follows them as they deal with the open wounds left by the loss that eats away at a nation, Wake allows you to experience their closure.

“And if we feel guilt, we find it harder to release the dead. We keep them close to us, we guard them jealously. They were ours. We want them to remain our”

I would say that the unique selling point is that Wake is a masterpiece. Literary. You will never in your life read a debut novel that is this deluxe. Anna Hope  fluently weaves  three different lives together so beautifully, it will make you question whether this is fiction after all. Then there’s the fact that the entire books takes place in five days… just five days goodness sake. Hope doesn’t waste your life with long-winded narration. She doesn’t spend an entire paragraph telling you how a character is feeling or worse trying to describe a house or something stupid like that. This woman has a way of arranging sentences together so eloquently. Wake has a beautiful pace and flow to it. Wake is beautiful.

What of the three main characters?


“We are all comrades, she thinks, in greyness”

Evelyn Montfort is officially one of my favorite female book characters. She’s a woman who’s heart is weighed down by the loss of the only man she has ever loved.


“You’re not a real wife’ he says “You’re a ghost. You’re nothing but a fucking ghost”

Ada is haunted by the memory of her beloved son, she lives in the past so much so that she has become a living ghost.


“It is because she doesn’t fit. Ever since she can remember, she has felt it, this hunger for something more”

Hettie represents the young and their desire to be free in the grey post war world. I think me and her would be friends.

I don’t want to say much in the details of this book, I want you to go and discover Wake all by yourself, get captured by Anne Hope’s portrait of three women, and the snippets of a nation in mourning. Anna Hope’s debut novel will stay with you for a long time.

Until we meet again, Miss More.

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