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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!
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!
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.
I read this book faster than any other book I have read in years as it didn't require much concentration on the plot and I also found myself flipping pages and skim reading as I wanted to get to the end and find out the full plot as it was excitingly written. I worked out many of the twists before they were revealed and also found the ending a bit abrupt so this was a little disappointing. Also as other reviews mentioned, there was no need to leave unfinished business in Tom's burglary to be continued in the next book, this added nothing to this stand alone book and should have been left out or concluded to add to the story.
One does not also feel that one gets to know the characters enough and there is a feeling of shallowness with the character development besides the two main characters. So said, I have recommended this book to both my daughters as I feel it is still a very enjoyable read (I would say more a "woman's book) and is priced right. This would make a popular choice for a book club.