While You Were Sleeping – Kathryn Croft




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?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.


My Review: 3/5

I have loved all of Kathryn Croft’s books and I was really looking forward to reading While You Were Sleeping; it starts off with a bang but for me it went out with a bit of a whimper.
Tara wakes up in bed, naked with her neighbour’s husband – she has no idea how she got there or what happened but she is sure of one thing – Lee is dead – very dead! She flees the scene and tells no one, We find out there are real issues of trust with all of the characters and so many lies being told. Tara’s husband has had an affair and she is unsure if this is really over, their daughter, Rosie appears to have an obsessive personality and has been in trouble for stalking, she is currently in a relationship with an older man but nobody knows if he even exists and when she finds herself in the frame for Lee’s murder then she begins another story to cover up her actions and the reader is left with doubt over what is truth and what is a lie; Lisa (Tara’s sister) has also found herself in a new relationship and we have a feeling that there is something not quite right with her new partner. I struggled to engage with any of the characters, perhaps there were just a little too many added to the mix which diluted their personalities?

The plot is intriguing and certainly there are a number of twists and turns throughout the book that keeps you hooked, however, I felt the pace was very slow and at times repetitive. The relationship that developed between Tara and the detective leading the investigation into Lee’s death just seemed to be dropped into the middle of the story to add more lies and mistrust to the story and I struggled to see why it happened and the relevance to the story. In terms of procedure and police investigation it was way off the mark I’m afraid (the main one was around forensics) .While I don’t look for complete accuracy some of the things that happened were just not plausible at all and this spoiled it a little for me.

I did enjoy the building tension and the fear that the plot line brought, Tara’s fear was real and we could feel it and understand her need to protect her family; I loved all the twists and turns in the storyline and that it was impossible to guess whodunnit and we were kept guessing right up to the end.

Overall it was a good read, great twists and turns, good building of suspense but it just felt a little flat for me, I didn’t feel a connection with the characters and despite some superb twists in the story I just felt there was a bit too much stretching of reality to make it a WOW r ead for me.

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