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Sleep Tight Paperback – February 24, 2014
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
The sense of dread and tension was good and I "enjoyed" the creepy element. I thought the way the author fitted the leads of how Brookes works out how to get what he wants very good.
It is a brave book which tackles obsession and the type of low cunning to make sure that the victim appears to be her own worst enemy and this one does it in spades.
The beginning was intriguing, the middle started to annoy me with it's predictable characters and slow movement punctuated by an occasional "oh the children." By the end I started skimming pages just to finish it. There is a confusing "plot twist" tacked on but overall would recommend avoiding this one. Wish I had picked another book for my vacation.