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- Print Length: 326 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (November 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M7NO5QM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While You Were Sleeping: A gripping psychological thriller you just can't put down Kindle Edition
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This isn't a spoiler, since it happens on the first page, but a woman wakes up in bed next to a dead guy. Sound like Lifetime so far? Then the next chapter goes back to the day before. Lifetime - natch.
But then the writer does a good job through most of the book. Characters are introduced that seem real, flawed, and complex. The author deftly spreads suspicion around the chessboard, multiple times for some characters, and often with just an odd phrasing or even body language. It's cliche, but I really did have a very difficult time putting it down.
The author is British, and I enjoyed some of the UK lingo - tutting, tuck in, keeping someone "on side". She also knows that you "try to do something", not "try AND do something", as a large majority of people would write. (Has modern writing really come to this? Praising an author for basic good grammar?)
Then the ending. Ridiculous beyond words.
*** BEGIN SPOILER ***
It turns out that on the night of the murder, one of the characters (other than the woman and the dead guy) arrived and encouraged the woman to drink enough wine to conveniently (for the plot) black out and not remember what happened.
Another character also showed up, peeked through the window to watch the amorous wine drinking, and somehow never sees the character mentioned above. Then - because he says he is a decent person - he left so he wouldn't see the impending sex. Really??? The "good" pervert? But he doesn't totally leave, rather he sits in his car and eventually sees a woman running from the house, who he conveniently (again for the plot) misidentifies.
It gets even more absurd. Way more. When the killer is revealed (a woman), we find that she beat the crap out of herself - TWICE - so she could set the stage for accusing her "violent" boyfriend for the murder. Never mind that the boyfriend didn't even know the victim. Never mind that it defies imagination that someone could beat themselves up so badly that they end up in the hospital, bruises from head to toe. And just to show that her boyfriend was violent?
It also turns out that she had killed her boyfriend and dumped his body in the river so the cops would think he was on the run after supposedly committing the murder. How this woman could actually get his body to the river is stretching credulity.
*** END SPOILER ***
And it wouldn't be Lifetime without the main suspect and the lead investigator having sparks fly, right? Geeeesh.
Thus begins the twisted tale that only gets more complex as time goes by. First, Tara decides to say nothing, hoping that the police will find whoever killed Lee. For she is sure that she didn’t. Not because she knows what happened, because she doesn’t.
While You Were Sleeping: A gripping psychological thriller you just can't put down, set in and around London, is the kind of story full of characters you can suspect. It might have been Lee’s wife Serena. They had been having trouble.
Or perhaps it could have been Tara and Noah’s daughter Rosie, who has been behaving oddly. Even more so than usual, and she finally “confessed” that Lee had been hitting on her, but denied that anything had happened. However, when someone lies as much as Rosie does, it’s hard to believe anything she says. Then, from one moment to the next, Rosie’s story changes. She is also very horrible to her mother most of the time, so it would be easy to believe she had done something this despicable.
At one point, Mikey, a coworker of Tara’s, appears to be stalking her, and pushing for a relationship. He claims to have damaging information he could give the police. Could he know more because he was the actual killer?
Meanwhile, something has happened to Tara’s sister Lisa; she shows up covered with bruises. She comes to stay with Tara for a while for her own protection, and helps with Rosie, with whom she has a good relationship. Tara is grateful for the support of her sister.
Just when you think you have it all figured out, though, the stunning reveal knocks you over, and you think: Wow! I didn’t see that coming. But then again, isn’t it always the least likely suspect?
So many twists and turns and unlikeable characters, any one of whom could be guilty of something. At the very least, everyone was telling lies, keeping secrets, or hiding the truth. Trying to sort it all out and figure out the truth was enough to keep me glued to the pages. All of which made it a 5 star read.