While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Book Description

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour, Lee Jacobs’ 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 flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara starts to wonder if someone in her own life knows what really happened that night. And when the police turn their questions towards her, Tara realises she has to find out.

But what will it take to uncover the real story, and can she survive the truth?

As soon as I saw this I knew it was something I wanted to read. I have to say that Kathryn Croft is a master at manipulating the reader. When you read the back of this book, all you want to know is what the hell happened. But a warning, if you consider reading this book, be aware that you won’t get that satisfactory ending until the very last chapter.

 

My Review

This story is compelling from the start; there is no build up or introduction. This book starts traumatically, and by the end of the book, you feel wrung out emotionally. I have to admit, about half way through I was getting really annoyed with Kathryn Croft, she didn’t give anything away only through up more questions with no answers. It was a good annoyed, though; I was enjoying the misdirection and the suspense even though I felt like screaming ‘just tell me what happened!’

 

It was a brilliant read and had me gripped from the very first page. I thought that the characters were very well developed. The portrayal of family life is realistic and almost tangible. Croft dissects two of the most challenging roles within society, being married and being a parent. She fleshes out the suspects in this book by exploring the problems that occur within the family home. We have; the wayward daughter; the suspect husband,  She manipulates the issues that often affect families to create suspicion where normally there would never be.

 

I could never have guessed the ending of this book, I’ve never had so many theories. But I now know two things. What happened to Lee in the book and that this will not be the last book I read by Kathryn Croft.