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Waking Lions

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



10 WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2017--BookPage

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.

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“Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s novel, Waking Lions, is more than your guilty-pleasure thriller — although its twists and turns will keep you in suspense until the last page.”

E. Ce Miller


About the author

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel. She has a master's degree in psychology from Tel Aviv University. During her studies, she worked as a journalist and news editor in the leading Israeli news paper, Yedioth Ahronoth. She also studied screenplay in Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. She is a clinical psychologist and teaches psychology in Tel Aviv University and the Holon Institute of Technology.


“A moment’s inattention upends multiple lives in Gundar-Goshen’s powerful thriller.... The psychological complications match the plot ones and will please Ruth Rendell fans.”

Publishers Weekly [starred, boxed review]

“Mesmerizing….Smoothly alternating points of view, it uses the format of a thriller to study the almost unbridgeable gap between insider and outsider. The complex relationships between Israelis, Bedouin Arabs, and Eritreans may be unique to Israel, but that social dynamic will reverberate meaningfully with U.S. readers as well.”

Booklist, STARRED Review

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