The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Wake Up

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a hauntingly emotional novel of how one man’s life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he’s suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the...

Details The Wake Up

TitleThe Wake Up
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Wake Up

  • Amy
    There is a certain type of magic in every single Catherine Ryan Hyde book that I’ve read, an underlying feeling of hope that always restores my faith in humanity and leaves me feeling good about the world. It’s odd too, because she’s not afraid to tackle some tough issues that on the surface would seem dark, but the way she handles these issues makes you think, but also leaves you feeling sated.Aiden is an empath, in case you’re like me a...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:He wished he had a better bead on the greater worries, but they eluded him. Just shadows. Ghosts. Unknowable and indistinct. And yet so very . . . there.He felt utterly unequipped to go home. Forcing himself back into a world that had put him in some role of authority felt akin to turning a puppy loose on a busy highway.Aiden watched her go. As he did, it formed in his head, wordlessly, that she was a gift being given to him. Some...
  • Judy Collins
    Master storyteller, Catherine Ryan Hyde returns following (2017) Allie and Bea with her latest emotional, moving, and heartfelt novel THE WAKE UP – a spiritual journey of rediscovery, self-worth, hope, and acceptance. A man and a boy have lost their way. Fate steps in and connects these two in unexpected ways. They slowly learn they have more in common than they may know. Each will ultimately find solace in a past of abuse and injustice, wit...
  • Karen
    The characters in this cleverly crafted story come alive. I connected almost immediately to Aiden, a deeply good man, a rancher who feels the fear and pain of animals. One day Aiden walks away from ranching; he can no longer bear the pain of these majestic animals. He is shunned by his small community, a community of ranchers who’s livelihoods depend on the slaughtering of cattle.When Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother of two, I fee...
  • Jennifer
    I loved this book. It was one of my favorite Catherine Ryan Hyde books, right up next to Allie and Bea. I simply loved everything about it- the story, the characters and the writing style.Aiden Delacorte has been a cattle rancher for many years. He inherited the ranch from his adopted father. At forty, while Aiden is out hunting, he experiences what he describes as a "wake up." He actually feels the pain and fear of the animals as it's his own. H...
  • Linda Zagon
    What an amazing and thoughtful story, "The Wake Up" by Catherine Ryan Hyde is.  I loved everything about it. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a wonderful storyteller and weaves her details, descriptions and characters together for a wonderful reading experience.The genre for this story is Fiction. The story is told in the present tense and goes back to the past when it is relevant to the characters and events.The author describes her characters as complex...
  • Caryn
    Full review and giveaway on my blog:
  • Linda Zagon
    What an amazing and thoughtful story, "The Wake Up" by Catherine Ryan Hyde is.  I loved everything about it. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a wonderful storyteller and weaves her details, descriptions and characters together for a wonderful reading experience.The genre for this story is Fiction. The story is told in the present tense and goes back to the past when it is relevant to the characters and events.The author describes her characters as complex...
  • Nancy
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.A lot of reviewers seemed to have liked this better than I did. Not that this is a bad book, it just seemed a bit simplistic about the effects and "cure" of childhood trauma and far-fetched on an empaths ability to feel another beings feelings.
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    Aiden Delacorte is a 40-year old cattle rancher who one day while deer hunting, has a "wake up". He eventually discovers, through therapy, that he's an empath, someone who feels the emotions of animals and other people. And for most of his life, this ability to feel has been buried and repressed. Aiden decides he can no longer be a cattle rancher who castrates and then sends the cows to slaughter which angers and confuses his employees, friends a...
  • Tammy Paris vyskocil
    Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I had no idea what this book was going to be about. When I realized it involved a ranch and horses I was instantly in love. Aiden Delacorte inherited the ranch from his stepfather. He learned everything he knew about cattle ranching and horses through him. Aiden experiences what he calls "the wake up" during ...
  • Sofie Hern
    Aristotle said, “To perceive is to suffer.” This is exactly what Aiden Delacorte’s life is now.Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers yet another beautiful book. Her theme, which I have come to know as ‘when strangers become friends,’ is consistent, which is one of the reasons I enjoy her work. In The Wake up we meet Aiden, a 40 year old rancher whose livelihood is growing cattle. Aiden discovers that he possesses the ability to feel others pain ...
  • Joan Bannan
    I'm not sure what to say about this book except it reminds me of a great title of non-fiction book I read in the 70's, "It Takes so Little to Be Above Average." The story was good, but not exciting. The writing was okay, but not compelling. I read other's reviews before I read this. This author has a lot of fans. Some who regret she is retiring. I'm not one of those fans. The book wasn't awful, but I won't seek out others by her.
  • Karen
    My new favorite!Each new Catherine Ryan Hyde book I read becomes my new favorite! Honestly I couldn’t pin it down to one. Her stories are so heartwarming and full of humanity...the good, bad and in between. Her characters are such real people and her messages are so spot on. I loved all the characters in this book and I sped through it because putting it down was so hard.
  • Patricia Locati
    I just love Hyde's books. The way she writes is so original and her writing just flows and flows and I find myself not wanting to put her books down. Sometimes I even think about the book when I'm not reading it - wondering what is going to happen next. I really enjoy her plots, characters and story lines.
  • Karen Trosterud
    This is the 2nd book of Catherine's that I read.. this was such a heartwarming story!! I loved it!!
  • Pam
    Definitely one of Catherine Ryan Hyde's best. I loved it!!!!
  • Joan
    Aiden Delacorte, a cattle ranch owner since his step father died and left him the family ranch some forty years earlier, suffers the sudden onset of a crisis of conscience. He had gone out deer hunting and shot dead a fine specimen. But then he realised he could no longer dress it and prepare it for the table as he had done dozens of times in the past. He felt sad at the death of the deer, he imagined its suffering and no longer had the heart of ...
  • Alison
    I have always loved her books, she has a very straight forward and honest way of portraying her characters and this story is no exception.Aiden Delacorte is a 40-year old cattle rancher who sometimes has problems relating to people and one day while on a hunting trip, he “Wakes up”. After years of suppressing feelings he has always had, which rush back to him after shooting a big Buck, and he senses the fear and pain that he has inflicted wit...
  • Namrata Ganti
    I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for a copy of this novel. Slated to release this December, Catherine Ryan Hyde's upcoming novel will pull you into a world of horses, cattle and people. Filled with heavy emotions, this story is as different from her others as it can be. Having red and reviewed Allie and Bea earlier this year, I am impressed at the diversity in the plots and the way the author writes. It is a pleasure to r...
  • Peg
    The Wake Up is an outstanding, five-star, character-driven book. Once I started reading this novel, I lost all track of time. I quickly became absorbed in the character’s lives and had a hard time putting the book down, for even a moment. The Wake Up is a heartfelt story about love, trust and acceptance, and how two struggling, lost boys, found their place in the world. Aiden Delacorte is an empath; he is also a cattle rancher. From a young ag...
  • Lisa Eirene
    This is the newest Catherine Ryan Hyde book. Aiden is a cattle rancher who gets a "wake up" on a hunting trip. All of a sudden he can feel the emotions (the fear, the terror, the pain) of all animals. It definitely throws a wrench in his career as a rancher and breeder, and alienates him from his ranch hands and the community. His girlfriend breaks up with him. He's feeling very sensitive about his new ability to sense animal's emotions.Gwen is n...
  • Krista
    I’ve given 5 stars to the latest book from Catherine Ryan Hyde, The Wake Up. I found the book to be emotionally honest. Hyde writes a compelling tale that illustrates how as a society we teach children to turn off their feelings, and the long-term consequences that action has on everyone. This is the first book that at I’ve read by this author, but she came highly recommended to me by a friend who has gobbled up all her books and enjoyed them...
  • Alicia
    “The Wake Up” by Catherine Ryan HydeAiden Delacorte has always been known as the more sensitive child within his family. Something he tried to bury as his father berated him for it, at times, and his mother honored and respected it. Still he did what he could to follow in his father’s footsteps working as a rancher and horse breeder. Until one morning, something happens, that changes his life. Suddenly, all that sensitivity unleashes itself...
  • Lorna Gundaker
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the story of Aiden, a rancher, and a very good man. At 40 years old, Aiden, who had an emotionally abusive childhood and was taught to constantly repress his feelings, suddenly “wakes up” during a hunting trip and becomes aware of the fear and pain of the animals he is hunting. Inexplicably, he feels the dder’s hurtful amazement at being hunted and pain at being shot. Through therapy, Aiden d...
  • Goldencam
    The Wake Up is a bit of a slow burn of a novel that sucks you in by then end. We first meet Aiden Delacorte as he is getting ready to meet his girlfriend’s kids for the first time. While Gwen’s daughter and Aiden seem to hit it off well, things do go so smoothly with her son, Milo. Withdrawn, barely eating, and with a propensity to hurting animals, Milo is clearly a damaged child, and not very likeable. Aiden has to grapple with whether he ca...
  • Laura B
    I liked this book just fine, but that's all. It's not one of CRH's best, but it was fairly good. I usually finish a novel in a few days but I found myself not reading it for a while, and not caring about it, but I finished it because it was overall pretty good story. My biggest complaint about this book is the repetitive use of how Aiden's perception of time passes is expressed. Over and over Aiden explains that he doesn't know if it was a minute...
  • Anne Wolfe
    Catherine Ryan Hyde has an addictive writing style which draws you in and makes you care deeply about her characters. She is particularly adept at creating disturbed or abused children who, through the empathy and caring of a kind and understanding adult, can find their way to a positive future.Ms. Ryan Hyde also lures me in with the horses in her stories. (I'm a sucker for horses.) Aiden is a rancher who suddenly finds that he feels the pain of ...
  • Jayne Burnett
    Thanks to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. Once again Catherine Ryan Hyde captives her readers from page one. Widen Delacorte owns a cattle ranch left to him by his adoptive father. From a young age he had learned to slow his breathing and shut out his feelings but Aiden discovers he can no longer do this, he can no longer inflict pain on his young cattle. He has a new lady friend Gwen who sug...
  • Shari Ring Wolf
    Another great book by this authorI both read and listened to this book. The narrator took some getting used to every time I listened. When possible I read the book. The only well done voice was the ten year old Milo character voice, especially when angry or whining. This is a book about a real blended family, the only parts that may be “stretching it” is that the characters are very emotionally honest. The adult characters are over the top ad...