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Publisher's Summary

After one night's deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation.

Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life - married to a beautiful police officer, and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene.

When the victim's widow knocks at Eitan's door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan's safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated.

Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire from a remarkable young author on the rise.

©2017 Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Waking Lions is a classy, suspenseful tale of survival where the good guys and the bad guys are harder to distinguish than you might think." ( The Times UK)
"A literary thriller that is used as a vehicle to explore big moral issues. I loved everything about it." ( Daily Mail UK)
"Gripping...twists and turns like a thriller." ( Sunday Times UK)

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Disappointing

The writer needed a good editor. Very uneven in pacing, plot and tone. An interesting premise poorly developed. The performance is overly dramatic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Engaging ethnic mystery in Israel

Beautifully narrated story of love, deception, mystery, politics, refugees, and family. Even the end is both satisfying and unsettling.

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  • JohnB
  • Berkeley, CA United States
  • 04-14-18

An intriguing story of characters in conflict

Life throws curve balls at all of us, presenting us at times with difficult moral decisions to make. We are caught between a rock and a hard place, and we face the challenge of dealing with it. The story here is a page-turner that kept me hooked from the first chapter until the end.

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Waking all of us

This book goes on my list of forever books,
A Little Life, and Dickens and Austen.
The story is extraordinary and the writing
and observations of the human
condition will never leave me. This
is truly A MUST READ.

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Israeli neurosurgeon gets out of comfort zone

The narrator has just enough accent to give it a foreign feel without being difficult to understand. High achiever runs over an immigrant accidentally then leaves the scene. He gets blackmailed into treating other immigrants by the mysterious wife of his victim. He is spellbound by her power over him at the expense of his family. The book has lots of self examination and could have used more plot. It's best when his secrets are almost discovered and frankly the reason one keeps listening.

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little note

I think it will be nice if can be improve the Israeli names pronunciations. :)

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  • Phyllis
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 10-01-17

Read the Reviews Before You Buy

I wish I would have. What a waste of time! Having read the reviews after the fact, I agree with most of the less positive ones - the premise had good potential which was spoiled by poor writing that described way too much lust by characters who knew nothing about each other, disliked each other, and had no reason to lust after each other. The characters were poorly developed and generally unlikable and the narrator was, at times, melodramatic to the point where I was groaning out loud in the car! The biggest mystery of all is how this book ended up with a four-star rating! Definitely happy to be done with this one!

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Good story, subpar narrator

While I enjoyed the story, I had trouble getting past the way the narrator's style. In my opinion, he over dramatized too much language so the moments that deserved emphasized drama, didn't stand out enough. The story suffered because of that.

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Interesting

A doctor driving down a dark road strikes and kills an Eritrean illegal immigrant. The doctor drives away. Of course you know what they say - it's not the crime it's the cover-up. In this case, it may be both. It's hard to love a book with so many unlikable characters.

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interesting topic executed by a bad writer

One simile followed by another and another and yet another combined with lengthy explorations into tangential topics or descriptions of history or geography that added absolutely nothing to the story transformed this book from an interesting look at Israeli society into a boring sophomoric effort by a bad writer.