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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!
An incredibly clunky narrative and bloated writing style ruined what could've been a decent premise.
SLEEP TIGHT is a psychological thriller that begins with Olivia Brookes when her husband disappears after taking her children for pizza. It turns out that she's well-acquainted with police procedure for missing persons, since her boyfriend's disappearance a few years prior and her parents' sudden death soon following that incident.
Two years later, Olivia disappears herself, along with her children. She leaves behind everything as if she had never left: her handbag, her phone, their clothes, her computer. DCI Tom Dougulas is very suspicious of the husband's nervy behavior following her disappearance. Things only get stranger...
A nice mystery, right? Maybe it would've been if the book had been properly edited and the author put more time into developing actual characters instead of a choppy screenplay.
First of all, this book mixes first person and third person narratives, which is a bit off-putting. The interruption to the flow is jarring, particularly in the first few chapters. There's not even a real voice change, so the shifting POVs is utterly unconvincing.
Second, the author always spells out exactly what she wants you to notice. Whenever Tom or Becky are sleuthing, we are always treated to sentences like, "It seems to Tom that she was behaving VERY oddly." This isn't a good way to build suspense. It's telling the reader, "Yoo-hoo, look at this, isn't this SO SCARY?" At best, it's sloppy writing; at worst, it's insulting.
Thirdly, there were a lot of repetitions here. In the Olivia chapters, "Where are my children?' were set on a loop. It ended up making me annoyed at her, which is kind of a sad thing considering that she's a frantic woman who is rightfully nervous. I know that her kids are missing, and she's worried. I KNOW.
Fourth, there was no atmosphere. The author focused exclusively on the thoughts and feelings of each POV characters ... with zero expansion on what was going on outside them. This writing style felt self-indulgent and claustrophobic to me. There was very little room for the reader to make up their own mind.
If you like a book that spells things out for you and tells you exactly what to suspect (which is of course, leading up to a twist), this is probably a decent book for you. If you're more like me and like to do a little more of my own thinking ... run.
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.
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