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Today was a stay in bed and snuggle type of day. Christiano is sick with a fever/throwing up and Alyce was happy to lay in bed and read books with me. I decided to break open Sleep No More by Susan Crandall.
I did a giveaway on this book last week but hadn’t received the book in time to review it (totally my fault, I got to choose when the giveaway started and I was just too excited to wait!).
Let’s go with the synopsis of the book first.
The night was always Abby Whitman’s enemy. As a young girl she walked in her sleep, and one night, she started a fire that scarred her sister for life and left Abby with unbearable guilt . . . and a loneliness that echoes within her. Now Abby has begun blacking out again-with apparently fatal results. A car accident has killed the son of a prominent family. Even though the evidence seems to exonerate her, Abby is plagued by doubts-and soon by mysterious threats. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Coble is intrigued by Abby and offers to help her explore the dark recesses of her mind. Through this terrifying journey, Jason’s interest turns to passion, and he yearns to give her the love she craves. But first, Abby must trust him-and shed light on secrets that will rock this Southern town and reveal a danger that threatens them both.
Remember I said I just opened the book this morning? I’m done. 400 pages read in one day. I’ll admit that I’m a fast reader, but I still had to stop to entertain children when they didn’t want to lay in bed, make lunch, make supper, all that good stuff. This was just one of those fast paced, can’t put it down type of books!
Right from the first page I kept turning. It started with the scene describing the fire that was started when she was sleeping and younger that horribly disfigured her little sister. It’s a good backdrop for the issues that she now has, and poor Abby has issues. You would too if her experiences had been yours. She doesn’t have dreams of anything more than what she has now in her future for fear of something else happening when she is sleep walking again. And it does, when she’s sleep driving. There is an accident, she comes to in a marsh, and the senator’s son is dad. She wasn’t the only one in the marsh though. Someone had called 9-1-1 from the dead son’s phone and it wasn’t him. He died on impact.
I’m a sucker for a good romance and the one between her and Jason has such potential. You can taste it as you’re flipping through the pages. You hate the thought of Abby throwing away this wonderful man because her fear of the past happening all over again is holding back from giving her all to this guy.
There are times that I guessed where Susan was going with the story, but that was ok. I was not 100% sure until she wanted me to be 100% sure.
I’m also a huge mystery/thriller reader and I think Susan did a great job with Sleep No More. The story is believable if you stretch your imagination just a bit.
One thing I missed in the book, and I’m hoping that I didn’t just miss that part was a resolution to her dad’s problems with dementia. Her dad was there in the story and he reminded me of my grandpa when he was going through the beginning stages of it. She went through the effort to start the process of helping him. I just wish that there had been more to him and what ended up being wrong.
I really enjoyed the book, if anything (and I’m just being picky here) I would have loved more. More to their relationship, more to Jason’s relationship with his kids, more to Lucy’s (his ex-wife) attitude at the end. More to Father Kevin (now there was a surprise twist I didn’t see coming) and his niece Maggie. Just more. A couple hundred more pages more. (It really was such a good book I didn’t want it to end.) I’m one of those people who loves more than your average details in my books, I want to know everything about the characters, descriptive settings for every scene, etc. (Most of the books I love, I have read reviews where people though there was too much description, yet I thought it was perfect.) Without my nitpicking though, it was an excellent book. I really enjoyed it. So much so that I plan on buying Susan Crandall’s other books.
If you’re interested in other titles by Susan Crandall they are:
Definitely recommended if you like a good fast paced thrilling romance!
Thank you to the Hatchette Book Group for sending me the copy of Sleep No More to review!
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