- File Size: 1931 KB
- Print Length: 289 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1975844378
- Publication Date: September 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074XF55JF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First Jason has to deal with a jealous husband of one of his clients but life gets more complicated as the beautiful Savannah Sturgess goes missing. Jason starts to have horrible visions that make him doubt his sanity and some people are looking at him as a suspect in the disappearance. Everyone in town has their own set of secrets, but the biggest secret is what happened to Savannah and why won’t the dead rest in peace?
Sleep Savannah Sleep by Alistair Cross is a book that works on several levels. It’s a murder mystery, horror novel and ghost story with the perfect setting of a small mysterious town. The first half of the book takes its time making us feel empathy for the characters. By the time strange things happen in the second half you’re totally hooked and wanting to see what happens next.
The detail put into each character makes them come to life and while they are shown one way, to begin with you see other sides to them as the story moves along. Savannah, in the beginning, is seen as the town whore but when we get into why she is the way she is, she becomes a sympathetic character. Also, Flynn Garvey who is Savannah’s boyfriend has no personality in the beginning, but later we dig a little deeper and find he has a secret and there is more depth to him than we thought. Even the character of Tabitha Cooper who is not in the story much is someone you feel for. She is seen as a crazy old witch, but in reality is very different than others see her. All of the characters present an image to the outside world but if you scratch the surface a little they show another side. You care about these people because you can relate to them and that makes things even scarier when odd things start to happen.
The best part of this book was when Jason is questioning his sanity. You see him as just a guy dealing with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his kids to the best of his abilities but as he is having visions that make no sense his life quickly unravels. The feeling of losing your mind when you know people are dependent on you is the worst kind of fear and Jason is also dealing with ghosts from his past. In Sleep Savannah Sleep the horror doesn’t come from what you see, it comes from what you don’t see. This is an old school horror novel that preys on your emotions rather than showing you horrific imagery, though it does that too. Alistair Cross shows that he is a master storyteller by giving us memorable characters and a twist ending that you’ll never see coming.
This story starts out by drawing you in to a sweet yet quirky small town with interesting characters, a bar called The Devil's Triangle, a book store called Tome After Tome, a blind old lady who "sees" Jason, a gossipy next door neighbor, and the beautiful sexy Savannah who does every guy in town and ends up missing.
Jason Crandall's wife had died several months earlier and he was left to raise his two children, a sweet young daughter and a difficult teenage son. Moving to this small town of Shadow Springs and starting up his massage therapy business in an old Victorian home seemed like a fresh start for all of them. Then the dreams began. Not my dreams. I was too afraid to fall asleep. I'm talking about Jason Crandall's dreams. Wow! Such vivid descriptions! This book keeps you guessing as to what these dreams mean and what happened to Savannah. Or maybe I should just say "Who". I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who-done-its, but this one totally surprised me.
This is the first book I have read by Alistair Cross (I'm embarrassed to say), but I have already started looking for more to put on my TBR list. I just won't be reading them when I'm alone in a strange hotel room.
This is a paranormal murder mystery with a number of twists and an unexpected murderer. The paranormal aspects build tension without being unnecessarily horrifying, a feature I appreciated. The book’s main appeal, however, was a likeable protagonist I quickly came to care about. Jason has a sense of humor. He makes mistakes. He misses his deceased wife, but he doesn’t dwell on it. He finds himself attracted to women he meets and is conflicted by it. He struggles with fathering a rebellious son and a little girl who needs mothering, and all the while he’s seeing disturbing things that are scaring the crap out of him.
I enjoyed the author’s similes – “Brent’s jaw dropped open like a glove box” – except for his repeated references to a leathery voice. Try as I might, I could not make the connection between a voice and something tactile, visual, and possibly olfactory, but, in my experience at least, basically soundless. Nit-picky, I know, but each time it came up, it took me out of the story. That and one of my pet peeves: one does not “try and” do something, one “tries to” do it. This book was too well edited and proofread to allow that. That said, I plan to read Alistair Cross’s other novels. I’m hooked.
Bella Reads and Reviews received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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