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Published: 16 November 2016
Reviewed: 21 December 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

Description:

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

My Thoughts & Review:

While You Were Sleeping is a thoroughly twisted psychological thriller, it’s intense, it’s gripping and very hard to put down.
Unreliable narrators make for some of the most interesting reading, and this book is rife with them, making this a really a book that keeps the reader on their toes.  Who can be trusted, who is keeping a secret, who’s secret is more dangerous that the others are just some of the things that sped through my head when I read this book.

From the opening pages of the book Kathryn Croft catapults her readers into the abyss with the revelation that Tara Logan has woken up naked, in a strange room, with a man that is not her husband, he is their neighbour…..but she has no idea how she got there.  But most worrying is the fact that the man in bed with her has been stabbed to death.  Quite possibly one of the best openings to a thriller I’ve seen, it immediately has the reader questioning everything, trying to work out where this is all going, trying to guess who, what, how and why.

The characters in this are great creations, very well developed and multilayered.  However, the majority of them are unlikeable, save for Tara’s son Spencer.  Almost all of the characters in this are hiding something, the severity of their secrets varying but they all read as though any of them could have been responsible for the murder.  The lies and deception were so well written that I found I was hooked trying to fathom it all, which in turn meant I raced through this book.

And just as the beginning was explosive, the ending did not disappoint.  With a twisty, turny, heart stopping, remember to breathe conclusion I felt that my brain had truly been frazzled.

You can buy a copy of While You Were Sleeping here.

About the Author:

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her other novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fifth novel, While You Were Sleeping, will be published on 16th November 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

www.kathryncroft.com

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