#BookReview: The Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara @office_mum @poolbegbooks #TheSleeperLies #Thriller #Suspense #IrishFiction
Book length - 335 pages
Publisher - Poolbeg (Crimson)
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I want to thank Paula from poolbeg.com for providing me with a copy of this book for review and to Andrea for signing it for me!!!
ABOUT THIS BOOK
ONE WINDOW, THREE LIES
I step forward, breathing fast. Movement. I force myself to take another step. I think about all of it, all of the deaths and all of the accidents and all of the pain. And I know what I need to do.
It’s March 2018, and the country is covered in snow. Roads are impassable, shops are running out of food, and official advice is to stay indoors. Marianne lives on her own and works from home, so this isn’t a problem. Until she wakes one morning in her house in the middle of nowhere and finds footprints trailing all across her garden. Half-asleep, she is at first curious. Then she realises the footprints stop at her bedroom window, and curiosity gives way to unease. Who was looking in at her, while she was asleep?
As the big freeze worsens and the stalker begins to leave disturbing mementoes, Marianne’s thoughts go back two decades to the schoolyard outburst that tore her childhood apart. Old feuds resurface, and the mystery of her mother’s death is pulled back into focus. Marianne begins to see patterns – is there a link between her stalker and the true crime story she’s been obsessively researching, or does the answer lie closer to home?
In the end, 24 days is all it takes for everything to come crashing down.
This book blew my mind and is already topping my list for thriller of the year! Engaging characters and an addictive plot kept me hooked to the point that my whole morning passed in the blink of an eye and suddenly it was time for the school run.
Marianne lives alone in her childhood home in rural Co. Wicklow where your closest neighbour lives a short drive away and solitude can be bliss. But when a snowstorm hits Ireland, this peaceful place takes on a very sinister edge when footprints appear in her garden and stop under her bedroom window. Who would want to watch her while she sleeps and why? As the footprints continue to appear and more threatening behaviours start to surface, could the answer lie in the past? Because tragedy struck Marianne's life early on when she was just a baby and her Danish mother was murdered while visiting her parents. Is there a serial killer on the loose, ready for his next victim? Or could it be a past relationship that went badly wrong causing problems for many? As Marianne knuckles down to discover who is threatening her, one thing is for sure, she is not going to take this lying down.
THE SLEEPER LIES by Andrea Mara is her third book and my favourite so far. I have always loved it when we get heavy snow because it's rare in Ireland but after reading this book, it definitely won't have the same cosy feel!!
The characters are well-drawn and I enjoyed how the story moved from past to present, opening up Marianne's life and her mother's life in ways that were very unexpected and compelling. Andrea Mara has a unique way of loading every page with a subtle tension that you feel slowly taking you over as you read until you are physically reacting to what is happening on the page - when Marianne's heart was pounding with fear, mine was too - and what a superb talent that is.
THE SLEEPER LIES puts the thrill into thriller and I loved not knowing what was going to happen right up to the very end. Superb storytelling, excellent characters, and a fresh, exquisite plot that really shocked me to my core,
THE SLEEPER LIES by Andrea Mara is everything you could want in a great book, so buy it now.
Andrea Mara is a crime novelist from Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her husband and three young children.
Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall, was shortlisted for the Kate O'Brien Award 2018, and her second book, One Click, was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the 2018 An Post Irish Book Awards.
Her third novel, The Sleeper Lies, will be published in February 2020.
Andrea also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog, OfficeMum.ie.
For more information:
Website - andreamara.ie
Twitter - twitter.com/office_mum
Facebook - www.facebook.com/OfficeMum/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/officemum/
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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