While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

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It begins, they say, with a woman screaming…

On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace.

For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: night-time intrusions; unknown voices; a constant sense of being watched.

The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides’ dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all-too-real – but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

My Review

I had high hopes for this book!
Unfortunately I found it quite hard to get into the story and was tempted to leave it and put it to one side for another day, but fortunately I did stick with it right up to the bitter end.

It must be so hard coming up with new different ideas these days as there so many out there already or taking a well covered topic and try to put your own spin on it as it’s all been done before in some way or other.

But Stephanie Merritt has managed to do just that!

A haunted house on a remote island in Scotland, the local legend of a woman who killed her son and then herself is still well-known to the locals and is refueled when a young child goes missing right by that house.

Some of the twists were pretty obvious, don’t worry im not giving any spoilers away! which I was a bit disheartened by I must admit.
But there are some great red herrings thrown in along the way and an ending that I didn’t predict at all.

So all in all, whilst it took a while to get into the book the second half really does make up for it and some of the stuff in the first half starts to make more sense. If you like ghost stories or folklore and a touch of the supernatural, then this is the book for you!

While You Sleep was published in the UK on 8 Mar. 2018 and is on sale now. Amazon has called this book “

So grab yourself a copy and see what you think! You won’t regret it 🙂

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