Article first published as Book Review: ‘Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep’ by Obsession on Blogcritics.
“Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep” by Obsession is an emotional story about Gail, a physiologist who is given six months to live and her strong determination to put together four of her clients in hopes they find love before she is gone. Gail is a loving person who finally surrenders to the idea she has lived her life pleasing everyone but herself. She is a very head strong, rational character that sincerely seeks to help others find the love that they lack.
In this romantic drama there are four, very different characters that play key roles in Gail’s life. All are patients of hers and all have the same problem, laid out in different ways. Each character in this story has been forbidden the warmth and comfort of true, unconditional love. Not just romantic love but love from a mother, sibling, a trusted adult or best friend.
I find it interesting how point-of-views are transitioned in indie books. I am noticing a trend forming in some of the novels I have read. I felt the quotes heading each chapter were profound and that there was no true need for the announcement of the point-of-views. If I mentally removed the chapter headings and omitted any reference to what character was in front position, the transitions were smooth and spoke for themselves. I also feel that this story would be better suited with another run with an editor or proofreader. For me, it would have been a 5 star read but the editing issues I found, small but noticeable, keep me at a 4 star rating.
Each of Obsession’s characters in “Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep” has their own heartbreaking story that brought me to tears. I found myself emotionally connected to everyone, but more so to Gail and her heartfelt sincerity when it came to love. With demons of her own and devastation hitting her from all directions, I felt like I did when I watched “Soul Food” for the first time and cried like I do when I watch “Steel Magnolias.” Obsession has created a heart-wrenching story that brought me sadness, tears, joy and a new hope that even the most broken person can heal with the power of forgiveness.
Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep by Obsession
Obsessional Ink Publications (2013) ISBN: 9780615899909
Reviewed by Savannah Mae for Say What? Savannah Mae (2/14)
4 Stars-Love, Forgiveness, Healing