While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

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synopsis:

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

review:

Secrets and lies. Who’s telling the truth and who is keeping a secret? That is the question.

This was one fascinating concept, and something that is easy to scare the pants off anyone – what if you woke up naked, in your neighbors bed, and not only do you have no recollection of how you got there, but he is also stabbed to death. Scary premise.

I could honestly not put this book down, I read it in less than 24 hours and it would have been faster had I not had to adult. This is a gripping, fast-paced, suspenseful tale and I could not wait to found out what happened. Unfortunately, the reveal, although I didn’t see it coming, was a bit of a let down for me. I had my eye on another suspect, and although I really try not to put on my detective hat when reading a whodunnit, I can’t help myself. (But that is half the fun of thrillers, right?!).

For anyone who is a Ryan Phillipe fan, this felt very Secrets and Lies to me (anyone else see that show? Just me?). I was completely intrigued as to how this crime affected the whole neighborhood but particularly this family. There were a lot of players involved, and I had no idea how they would come together in the end, but it all clicked nicely (just not the way I saw it clicking!).

Overall, loved the premise, the story, the suspense; not a fan of the last 10% of the book. 3.5 stars, will definitely be reading more by this author!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

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