Wednesday 28 February 2018


Boy meets girl
Girl meets windshield, forgets boy
Girl starts to remember, looks for boy
Boy might not be real...

Asleep From Day
By Margarita Montimore
Releasing February 10th, 2018
Black Wing Books

A girl who can’t remember. A book you won’t forget. 
From debut author Margarita Montimore.

Astrid can’t remember the best day of her life: yesterday.

A traumatic car accident erases Astrid’s memories of September 9th, the day she spent with an oddly charming stranger named Theo. Ever since, she’s haunted by surreal dreams and an urgent sense that she’s forgotten something important.

One night, she gets a mysterious call from Oliver, who knows more about her than he should and claims he can help her remember. She accepts his help, even as she questions his motives and fights a strange attraction to him.

In order to find Theo and piece together that lost day in September, Astrid must navigate a maze of eccentric Boston nightlife, from the seedy corners of Chinatown to a drug-fueled Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party to a club where everyone dresses like the dead. In between headaches and nightmares, she struggles to differentiate between memory, fantasy, and reality, and starts to wonder if Theo really exists.

Eventually, she’ll need to choose between continuing her search for him or following her growing feelings for Oliver. Astrid might go to extreme lengths to find what she’s lost... or might lose even more in her pursuit to remember (like her sanity).

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In Asleep From Day by Margarita Montimore, after a car accident takes away her memories of a single day, Astrid is determined to find out what happened that day. But as the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place, Astrid finds herself becoming more and more focused on what happened that day than what's happening in the present. Will she finds the answer she seeks, or will she throw in the towel when she starts to discover that no matter how far she goes to find the truth that things seem too hopeless to continue searching?

When I finished this book, I said to myself 'Wow, what did I just read?'. Really, Ms. Montimore has penned an absolutely riveting psychological thriller in her debut book filled with well-crafted characters and highly entertaining dialogue that gripped my undivided attention from the moment I began reading until the very end, as Astrid is a very interesting and resilient heroine that goes through so much.

As for Astrid, she faces some tough challenges as this story progresses, and I liked how she handled everything she goes through including having an interfering friend that won't let her quit until Astrid knows what happened to her, Astrid needing a way to pick up the pieces of her life when it begins to fall apart - living arrangements, her job etc, and her having to make a choice whether to continue to pursue what happened on the day she can't remember or not when she meets Oliver and begins to get more and more involved with him. Will things work out for the best for Astrid?

Overall, Ms. Montimore has delivered an exceptional and thrilling tale in this book where I was hooked from the very beginning because of what happens to Astrid and then found myself not wanting to put this book down, as this book weaves a perfect blend of mystery and romance and had me determined to discover whether what Astrid believes happened on her missing day is real or not. The way this story ended gave a good shock, as readers discover the answer to whether it's all in Astrid's mind or real, and yet, I loved how this story ended. Does the man the heroine remembers from her missing day really exist? I would recommend Asleep from Day by Margarita Montimore, if you enjoy psychological thrillers or books by authors Fiona Barton, Laura Marshall, Lisa Jewell and Paula Hawkins.  


"Simply riveting from start to finish... a captivating, literary piece that winds a path somewhere between mystery, romance, and psychological thriller." — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“A compelling and original take on the classic amnesia tale . . . The narrative bursts with detailed, vivid characters . . . The dialogue is expertly crafted.” – The BookLife Prize

"There is so much to love about this book. The writing is wonderful... The joy of this book is following all of its twists and turns and going on Astrid's journey with her as she tries to determine what is real and what isn't." — GSMC Book Review

"This book ticked all my boxes: unusual narrative structure, setting as a character, witty banter, and whip-smart writing... I loved it, and I'll be thinking about it for a long time."
— Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

“Every part of this book was confidently crafted to create this dreamy, charismatic experience of being utterly submerged in a mystery and desperately seeking truth.”
— Michelle Hazen, author of A Cruel Kind of Beautiful

Outside a pizza place is a pay phone. Who else can I call? Hand on receiver, before I can decide, the phone rings. I pull back, like I’ve been burned.
Briiiiiing!!! Briiiiiing!!!
There’s absolutely nobody around, no one who might be waiting for a call.
“Hello?” Why am I answering the phone? It’s not like—
If déjà vu is a feather down the spine, this sensation is a razor.
I must have misheard.
“Astrid, are you there?” The same male voice from my dream, the static now on my end in the form of the noisy downpour.
“Who is this?” I ask. “How did you know I would answer the phone?” 
Before he replies, tranquility trickles into my veins like one of those lovely drugs pumped into me at the hospital. Of course. There’s no need to worry about any of it. This is just another dream.
“You’ll find out who I am soon enough,” he says. “There are more important things you need to deal with first.”
“Sure there are. Like what kind of snack I’ll have when I wake up.”
A pause on his end. “You’re not dreaming, Astrid.” 
It stops raining, abruptly. 
“The car accident, the fire, your friend’s overdose,” he continues, “All of those are real things.”
Who are you? You’re scaring me.” I look around, expect to see someone lurking in a dark trench coat. 
“I’m sorry. Maybe I shouldn’t have called. But I wanted... to reassure you, tell you you’ll get through this. I’ll be able to help you more later on.”
“Do you...” My mouth is parched, my voice hoarse. “Do you go by your middle name?” I clear my throat, hold onto the phone with both hands. “Please tell me your name.”
“You already know my name, Astrid. You just need to remember it. But first, you need to find a place to sleep.”
“You mean a place to wake up. Right here would be perfect.” 
He sighs. “Don’t do that. Don’t deny what’s real.”
How am I supposed to tell the difference? 
“Astrid, you’re going to be fine. That’s all I wanted to tell you. We’ll speak again soon.”
The line goes dead.

Margarita Montimore received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She has blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. She grew up in Brooklyn but currently lives in a different part of the Northeast with her husband and dog.

Margarita writes upmarket/literary fiction that tends to be left of center and flirt with multiple genres. While she loves all things dark, strange, and surreal, she’s also optimistic—verging on quixotic—and a pop culture geek, so her work tends to incorporate all those elements to varying degrees.

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