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22 January 2010

Book Review: Sleep No More by Susan Crandall

Title: Sleep No More
Author: Susan Crandall
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN: 978-0446556842
Genre: Suspense, Romance


About the Book:

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.

My Review:

Susan Crandall delivers an electrifyingly brilliant suspense novel that will keep the reader guessing up to the very end. At first glace, Preston appears to be a charming southern town, yet appearances can indeed be deceiving. Abby's re-emergence of her sleepwalking is about to have life changing consequences for many of the inhabitants of Preston. One moment Abby is bidding Jason goodnight, the next memory she has is waking in her half-submerged automobile, disoriented and covered in broken glass. She has no idea how she got there nor does she know if she is the reason a young man's life was tragically cut short that fateful evening. What she does know is that she can no longer trust herself to sleep. With an ongoing investigation, a father in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, and a fear of falling asleep, Abby begins to fall behind on work and Maggie, the ward of Father Kevin as well as Abby's unofficial helper, has begun to notice the strain. Before Maggie can worry too much about Abby, she overhears Father Kevin (Uncle Father) engaging in a rather disturbing telephone conversation and notices he has been more withdrawn and moody as of late. Maggie turns to Abby as well as Jason for help when she discovers Father Kevin bleeding on the floor of the Rectory and while nearing her breaking point, Abby begins receiving threats, first in the form of a phone call, then a break-in. Not knowing where to turn she heads to Jason's, hoping he can help her remember the evening of the accident. Jason must struggle to keep his personal opinions from interfering with his professional feelings while Maggie struggles with trust. Sleep No More is a cleverly scripted suspense thriller, rich with endearing characters with a subtle layer of romance. Nothing is what it seems and no one is above suspicion. Sleep No More is a faced-paced action packed novel that will keep the reader turning the pages long into the night.

About the Author

Susan Crandall makes her home in Noblesville, Indiana. This is her eighth novel.

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I received a free copy of Sleep No More by Susan Crandall from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.


1 comment:

J. Kaye said...

Thanks for emailing me this link! Great review!! I have it on my wish list. :)