While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft
While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft is a psychological thriller. Really good!
This is the first Croft book I have read, but I am quickly going to find another. I really enjoyed the writing and the plot.
Tara decides to accept a drink at her neighbour’s house while his wife is away. That would be mistake #1. When she wakes up the next morning, nude, beside his dead body, not remembering anything, she decides not to mention it to anyone. Okay, mistake #2. And so it begins.
This book is so full of lies. Lies and betrayals. Tara’s daughter Rosie is really good at lying, and her parents have learned through past experiences that they can believe little that comes out of her mouth. When it becomes obvious that Rosie is the number one suspect in Lee’s death, Tara will not believe it. However, as more information surfaces, it is hard for even her mother to believe Rosie. However, Rosie is not the only one lying. Let’s remember Tara did not come forth with her own little faux pas with Lee. Tara’s husband Noah, who recently had an affair thinks he has an alibi with his “ex-lover”, but she says she never saw him that night. One, or both of them are lying too. Then Mikey, Tara’s co-worker shows up with a story of his own, but Tara won’t believe her stalker. No one is above suspicion.
Meanwhile, Tara’s sister, Lisa, has a new man in her life, and Harvey seems to be a bit controlling. So Tara is trying to be there for Lisa, for Rosie, for Spencer, and even for Noah. Something will have to give.
So many secrets, so many lies. The consequence of one night, turning everyone’s lives upside down.
This was a really good mystery. I was stunned at the identity of the killer. That doesn’t happen to me often. Croft developed “most” of her characters very well, so that they felt realistic, and they drew you in. I don’t think we needed the relationship between Tara and the detective, and I think there should have been more interaction between Tara and her husband. I felt sorry for Tara’s young son Spencer, who seemed “normal”, and left to his own devices for too long — although I believe he’s the only one who didn’t lie!
But it was fast paced, and there were a lot of twists and turns. Overall, I thought it was brilliant!
Read: February 2017
Favorite Quotes from While You Were Sleeping:
“Whatever afflictions we are dealt, unless it’s a terminal illness, we find a way to survive.”
“Everybody lies. I read that once. That no matter how moral and good we think we are, we all tell lies. It is only the scale of them that varies.”
“Because things always do catch up with us in the end. Even if it’s in an unexpected way.”
About the Author: Kathryn Croft has a BA Honours Degree in Media Arts with English Literature. She lives in England.