Five Books About Waking Up In A Strange Situation

Every writer has heard that most basic piece of writing advice: never open a story with your main character waking up. But some of my favorite novels prove this advice doesn’t apply when your hero wakes to a very troubling set of circumstances. In my own novel, The Echo Room, the main character wakes to find himself trapped in a mysterious depot with someone else’s blood on his clothes—and no memory of how he got into this mess.

Here are five other books starring characters who wake up in strange situations…

 

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

A woman finds herself standing in a park, surrounded by dead people wearing latex gloves, her memory completely gone. A letter in her pocket explains that she is in terrible danger and tries to help her return to a life she doesn’t remember, including a bizarre government job and supernatural coworkers. It’s a ...