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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved this book and will be looking for more from this authorPublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
This book was a very good read. It definitely held my attention but I have to say I was very confused by the ending. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kim Tillia
Loved it....it almost had a bit too much going on...but i really couldnt stop it once i got into it.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
The characters in this book are spellbinding . The story line keeps you holding on to the very end . It is a mystery that you will not figure it out until almost the end . Read morePublished 13 days ago by Claudette Delk
So glad to read more with Tom Douglas and Becky ..... characters and plot are great. Thanks Rachel Abbott will continue to read this series.Published 13 days ago by patricia toms
Definitely the best of the DCI Tom series although they are all really stand alone novels with a bit of a side story that isn't too complicated to be lost if you don't read them... Read morePublished 15 days ago by ireadbooks
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