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Sleep Tight by [Abbott, Rachel]
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About the Author

Rachel Abbott was born and raised in Manchester, England, and trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. She sold her company in 2000, and in 2005 moved to the Le Marche region of Italy. She lives there today with her husband, dividing her time between writing her second novel, cooking, and dabbling in web design.

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  • File Size: 3568 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957652232
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7VVZAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is my first ever book review and I felt almost "compelled" to write one for this book. Since I read 2 to 3 books per week that's really saying something! (What else is there to do for a retired lady but read when it snows every other day and the frigid temperatues make it so uncomfortable to leave the house!)

Although I rely heavily on readers' reviews before selecting a book to purchase, I never bothered to write one myself no matter how much I liked or disliked a book. Call it being lazy, selfish or any other appropriate adjective! But this book just stands out from any other book I've ever read!! It's just that good!

To say you "can't put this book down" is an undestatemnt at best! My favorite genre is mysteries. So many times I find the plots and story lines to be either too predictable, too far feched, too confusing, etc. None of these adjectives apply to this book!

I'm not going to go into any of the details of this book. All I'm going to say is if you enjoy a good mystery, one that keeps you on the edge of your seat, one that you just can't put down, an ending impossible to predict, then by all means BUY THIS BOOK!
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Olivia is controlled by her husband Robert. He watches her even when they are in the same room. Early in the book, he takes the children away, telling her he’s taking them for a pizza, but doesn’t return straight way. She knows he is giving her a message here – what he will do if she leaves him. The story gathers momentum as we follow Liv’s point of view, her husband, her best friend and the police who try to fathom what has gone on, as Liv and the children go missing.

The writing as always, is excellent, and the beginning of the novel is tight and claustrophobic. It becomes tense and exciting as the hunt is on. Fans of the policeman Tom Douglas will be pleased to see him playing a lead role in the story. There are twists and turns in this tightly constructed plot and towards the end I felt my hear t racing as I hoped for a good outcome for a trio of innocent children. A darned good read!
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The author asks the reader to suspend disbelief right from the start. And I did.

Olivia is suddenly abandoned by her lover when he disappears. She is carrying his child. Then her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Reeling from despondency and loss, she is rescued by Robert, who is the knight in shining armor who takes care of her.

They marry, have children together, but don't live happily ever after. Olivia feels like Robert is always watching and controlling her. Robert insists that his wife is stressed and forgetful. He makes excuses for her to the school when she fails to pick up their children. When he goes out for pizza with the kids, and doesn't return, Olivia calls the police. But it seems it's a false alarm, according to Robert. He told her he was taking them overnight to spend time with them, since they are all too close to their mother.

The story is told from 3 POVs, Olivia's, Robert's, and the detective in charge of the case. There is also input from the detective's partner, his would be girlfriend, and Olivia's best friend. As a reader, I wasn't sure if Olivia (done in first person) was an unreliable narrator, or whether Robert was gaslighting his wife.

The author grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go. I read it late into the night.

This is more of a dark psychological mystery. The fast action doesn't begin until the end of the book. So readers that love a lot of action may not like this. I loved it, and the end was a huge surprise.
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit I randomly selected this novel, scrolling through the Kindle Lending Library, looking for something, anything potentially entertaining. Happy serendipity found Rachel Abbot's Sleep Tight!

An American BBC viewer, I am quite fond of detective mystery shows such as Midsomer Murders and A Touch of Frost, and Rachel Abbot deftly dishes the same enjoyment and mystery I experience watching my on-screen detective heroes. Abbott's fluid, evocative yet sufficiently succinct style avoids the slippery slope of overt minutiae.

Quite frankly, I personally dislike first person narratives, and when I came to the first section of Olivia's personal narrative, I felt deep disappointment... nevertheless I pushed on, and for the first time in decades of reading, I discovered how the first person narrative can be a rare, exquisite tool- in the right hands. Weaving disparate perspectives is normally a disruptive and jolting reading experience, but Abbot banishes such technique bogeymen.

Being the third book of an unfamiliar detective series, I knew nothing of the protagonist's past or established characteristics. This lack of knowledge in no way detracts from DCI Douglas' fully fleshed presence. Certainly there are hints of his past and a minor plot thread leading to her next book, yet Sleep Tight is written with internal completeness that allows it to stand quite comfortably on its own.

I count myself very lucky indeed to have stumbled onto this finely crafted novel, and Abbot may be assured that serendipity has found her a new fan.
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