by Lisa M. Lilly
THE AWAKENING — a “gem of a thriller with a huge concept that rivals Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code….”
“…an intelligent work that entertains while making the reader think…”
Tara Spencer’s mysterious pregnancy sidetracks her plans for medical school. Her fiancé assumes she slept with someone else and severs all ties. Her parents question her mental health when she insists she’s never had sex. Only a stranger, Cyril Woods, accepts her claim that she’s still a virgin. The religious order that Cyril belongs to believes Tara’s child may be a new messiah, fulfilling signs in the Book of Revelation. But when Tara discovers the baby will be a girl, the order sees her as the mother of the anti-Christ who must be destroyed before she triggers the first stage of the Apocalypse. Uncertain whom to trust and afraid of endangering those she loves, Tara fights for her life as she seeks a safe place to give birth and the answer to whether she and her child are meant to save the world or destroy.
“…The Awakening speeds along in exactly the way a taut thriller should, i.e. at a breakneck pace….an intelligent work that entertains while making the reader think…” – Nicholas Strange, Strange Amusements
“…this light read is also a brainy one, asking readers to reconsider fundamental societal truths….Sharp and satisfying.” – Kirkus Reviews