I Lie In Wait by Amanda Brittany


It’s one year since her sister vanished. Now, another girl is missing…

One year ago, Amelia Taylor’s sister, Lark, vanished without a trace from a family holiday in the Scottish Highlands.

The police are convinced that Lark was abducted, but with no new leads, the case has gone cold. Amelia is certain that the answer lies at the holiday cottage and retracing their steps might unearth a vital clue that could help make a breakthrough.

But during their second night at the cottage a shrill scream cuts through the darkness, just as it did a year ago, and a sense of dread engulfs everyone.

Another girl has vanished.

Leading the search, Amelia is convinced that both girls are alive, waiting to be found. But someone is determined to keep her from the truth at all costs

Will Amelia be able to find her sister, or is she too about to find herself in danger?

Oh I really enjoyed this one and couldn’t put it down! What on earth had happened to Lark and was her stepfather, who disappeared at the same time, to blame? Her sister Amelia is heading back to the scene of the crime with her father, brother and his carer to search for clues on the anniversary of her suspected abduction. I was convinced that I knew EXACTLY what had happened to Lark but sadly I was so far away from the shocking truth that I’m ashamed to call myself a crime fiction fan!

Told in two timelines from a year ago and the present day, I Lie in Wait gradually introduces the suspects from the previous years devastation and then reintroduces them in the present day. Sadly, Lark and Amelias mother has since passed away without knowing the fate of her youngest child so it’s an extra difficult return to the beautiful Scottish Highlands for her family and friends as the memories return. But present day events start to overtake Larks abduction when another girl goes missing and it becomes clear that a murderer is on the loose…

I Lie in Wait is a twisty, edge of your seat thriller that had me hooked from the opening prologue. The themes of family and loss are unexpectedly poignant for a psychological thriller and I found the descriptions of Amelias relationships with the various members of her family very realistic and often moving. I loved searching both timelines (and that of a third narrative!) for clues as to what happened to Lark as everyone seemed to be hiding some very dark secrets of their own! I found it a very “visually” told book and could see the snowy highlands and the cottages where they were staying quite clearly in my mind which made me conclude that this storyline would transfer perfectly into a tv drama. I’d love to see it played out on the small screen-the creepy masks especially would make for some great scary moments for the audience to jump out of their skins!!

Fans of CL Taylor and Ruth Ware should hopefully have discovered Amanda Brittany by now but if not treat yourself to I Lie In Wait. I’ve enjoyed all her books in the past but this one is definitely top of my favourites now!

Amanda Brittany is the best selling author of psychological crime thrillers HER LAST LIE, TELL THE TRUTH & TRACES OF HER.

I LIE IN WAIT is out in August 2020

Her debut, HER LAST LIE is being made into a film supported by Creative Scotland, and has so far raised over £8000 for Cancer Research UK from eBook royalties.

Blurred Lines by Hannah Begbie @RandomTTours

It’s a privilege today to be on the blog tour for Blurred Lines by Hannah Begbie. Many thanks to Anne Cater for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.

A compulsive, literary domestic suspense set to spark debate.
When Becky accidently sees her boss with a woman who isn’t his wife, she’s horrified but keeps her counsel – she owes Matthew so much for all he’s done for her career. But when the same woman accuses him of rape and asks for the witness to come forward, Becky doesn’t know what to do.
Was what she saw rape? Or is this a young actress looking to get ahead? And can Becky separate her own traumatic past from the present?
As Becky attempts to untangle these blurred lines, she must risk everything to find the truth…
Blurred Lines is a brilliantly written novel that explores the effects of #metoo, and questions identity, womanhood, and how trauma is dealt with.
Perfect for fans of Doctor Foster, Apple Tree Yard, The Couple Next Door and Blood Orange.

When Becky walks in on her boss and another woman, who isn’t his wife, in a comprising position she quickly leaves before he sees her. But the woman got a glimpse of Becky before she disappeared and now she’s asking for that witness to come forward because that act she witnessed wasn’t consensual…

This is an incredibly powerful book, honestly written and difficult to read at times. The themes of rape, consent and the echos of the “me too” movement mean that the narrative is very dark, angry and traumatic plus it will make you feel very uncomfortable at times. But it’s so important that you DO feel like that as you need that feeling to understand the emotions flowing through Becky, disturbing her thought and decision making processes.

Everything is handled well here even the descriptions of what happened to Becky, as the author manages to convey the horror of her past perfectly with the emotions Becky experiences. These “he said/she said” experiences show how people see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe. It’s a terrifying thing to do “the right thing” and many people don’t get involved for a multitude of reasons mostly to do with themselves and not others. But our society is changing and attitudes are changing and this book delivers a well written and thought provoking storyline that was always going to divide its readers.

Hannah Begbie has given us her all here with this breathtaking plotline. I loved her writing in Mother and I have to say that I love it even more here! Engaging and exciting, she’s a writer who needs to be on your radar.


Hannah Begbie studied Art History at Cambridge University. She went on to become a talent agent, representing BAFTA and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning writers and comedians for fifteen years. She also enrolled in The Novel Studio course at City University, winning that year’s new writing prize. The book she developed there became her debut novel, MOTHER, which later went on to win the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers from the RNA. The TV rights were snapped up by Clerkenwell Films (Lovesick, Misfits) after a heated auction, with screenwriter Tom Edge (The Crown, Judy) attached.
She lives in north London with her husband and their two sons.

The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green

Today I’m on the blog tour for The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green. Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey for my invite and review copy of the book.

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breaking, deeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

The Girl You Forgot was so much harder to read than I had expected! The emotional pull of the blurb that attracted me to this book in the first place really didn’t prepare me for those heartbreaking developments that it DIDN’T mention!

When Will is diagnosed with a brain tumour he is given just one opportunity to beat the life threatening condition. But the operation that will save his life could wipe out his recent memories. But surely we would all take this chance if it was offered to us? After all if the relationship he has with Ava is as strong as they both think then surely love will conquer all even if he doesn’t remember her? Does the heart have memory? But it seems as though there are things that Ava is keeping from Will, secrets that she isn’t prepared to share…

As if having a brain tumour wasn’t bad enough, Will has had to agree to an operation that may wipe his memories of Ava and I found this an incredibly moving decision but one that he had to take a chance on. The storyline was far more detailed than I had been expecting and Giselle Green really brought the emotions of their “Hobsons choice” to the surface very quickly indeed. I felt so sorry for Ava, having to carry all the memories of their past together on her own, knowing that things would never be the same again after the operation but also that it was their only chance…

The Girl You Forgot is so beautifully written with a devastating plotline that is handled perfectly. It’s a heartbreaking story of hope for the future, lost memories and how love always tries to conquer all. But it’s also strangely uplifting whilst packing an emotional punch so make sure you have your comforter of choice to hand when you finish it! (Mine was a tissue followed by a cuppa and a large piece of chocolate cake-you have been warned!) Emotional but enjoyable!

Born in Chiswick, Giselle Green is an award-winning, contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and guardian to one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships. 

THE GIRL YOU FORGOT (Aug 2020) is currently on pre-order, from BOLDWOOD BOOKS. 
A love story tackling thought-provoking issues around how we handle loved ones with memory loss, this novel examines the thorny question – if forgotten truths are painful ones, are they ever best left buried?

Giselle’s debut novel Pandora’s Box won the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writer’s Award in 2008. Her third novel, A Sister’s Gift achieved best-selling number one status on Amazon kindle, and her seventh, DEAR DAD was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year.
Giselle lives in Kent with her husband and their family.

#bookouture Cover reveal! Beyond The Horizon by Ella Carey @bookouture

So I’m delighted today to be sharing the cover reveal of Beyond The Horizon by Ella Carey which is going to be published by Bookouture on 26th August 2020. But before I show you the gorgeous cover, let me tell you a little more about the book and the author.

Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black.

Sweetwater, Texas, 1943Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and help the war effort, even if the days are exhausting, the southern nights sweltering. When she’s in the air, it’s all worthwhile: her heart soars, as close to infinity as you can get. And since she met handsome Jack, she has someone to fly back to. But on one dangerous night, everything goes wrong. When she awakes, her body is broken and her memory is gone…

Los Angeles, 1977. Eva seems like a normal married woman with a family to be proud of. When she woke up after that terrible night—a blank in her memory—Jack was smiling down at her. But so many decades later, Eva is still searching for answers about the night that changed her life forever. Why have letters to her fellow pilots gone unanswered for thirty years?What really happened on her last flight?

Ever since that catastrophic crash, Eva has lived with the worst fear imaginable: did she do something terrible enough to make her friends cut her off? Increasingly overcome by frightening flashbacks, where she is fighting to escape from a tiny cockpit filled with smoke as her plane falls to the ground, she desperately tries to uncover the truth. But are some secrets best left buried in the past?  

From bestselling author Ella Carey comes a sweeping story, inspired by true events, about the brave, forgotten female pilots who helped America win the war. A story you will never forget, and one that will always stay in your heart.

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over twelve countries, in ten languages. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Australia and is hard at work on her seventh book. Ella loves to connect with her readers at https://www.facebook.com/ellacareyauthor/ and on Instagram, at ellacarey_author. For more information on the background to her novels and updates about her next release, and to contact her about appearances at your local bookclub, please visit her website at http://www.ellacarey.com

And now let’s have a look at the cover (and I have to say that it’s one of my favourite covers of the year so far!)…

I mean how glamorous is that?! It totally captures the era of the World War 2 period that Ella Carey wants her readers to relate to and the designer has excelled themselves with this one!

Available to preorder now!

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has reported him missing.

When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends – ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?

No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.

Aren’t you?

When Jamie’s friend doesn’t catch their morning river commute, he isn’t worried. Kit is often running late but when Jamie gets off the boat at his stop, he is shocked to be met by the police. Kit has been reported missing by his wife and the last person to see him alive, was Jamie. What happened the night they had a fight as they left the boat after a night on the town? And who is “The Other Passenger” who has reported it to the police? Jamie isn’t worried though because Kits wife will back him up…won’t she?

Louise Candlish is another of my “go to” authors and I was looking forward to The Other Passenger so thankfully it was absolutely bloody brilliant! I don’t know why but before I picked it up (and even when I looked at the cover!) I thought the other passenger was one on a train! But it’s not! It’s a river bus that acts as a alternative mode of transport on the Thames. A unique way of commuting that I’m amazed hasn’t inspired others to use it in thrillers before as it is certainly an intriguing way of introducing the characters that we meet here. There was a definite “film noir” feel to the plot here and after reading the authors acknowledgement you’ll understand which film it reminded me of and why.

What I love about this book is how Louise Candlish keeps her readers on their toe throughout her utterly compelling narrative. And that her unreliable narrator is a male character as well! A narrative based around an intriguing, toxic male friendship makes a change from the female perspective that I’m used to so I took a lot of satisfaction from that! The twists and turns were organically developed especially I thought I could see where things were heading but the shocks were never quite what I expected! There was always a little added extra worked into the storyline somehow!

The Other Passenger is a cleverly crafted book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading! It’s one of those “just one more chapter” books that will keep you awake at night unable to put it down. Very highly recommended by me!

Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a number one bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2018 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is now in development for a major TV series with Red Planet Pictures, producers of Death in Paradise. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter.

Just Like The Other Girls by Claire Douglas


She thought she was safe. So did the others . . .

*CARER/COMPANION WANTED FOR ELDERLY LADY*

*YOUNG FEMALE PREFERRED * COMPETITIVE SALARY*

*ROOM AND BOARD INCLUDED*

Una Richardson is devastated after the death of her mother. Hoping for a fresh start, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.

What happened to the girls?

Why will the McKenzies not talk about them?

As the walls close in around her, Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls . . .

Una thinks she has really landed on her feet when she gets a job as a companion for an elderly lady. It definitely seems to good to be true with her room in a beautiful old house in an affluent area of Bristol and the easy job of just being there for Elspeth McKenzie. There are some negatives though, namely her daughter Kathryn-a cold and haughty woman who seems to dislike Una on first sight. But when Una discovers that her predecessors have all died in mysterious circumstances she starts to wonder what she has got herself into…

There was a post on FB the other day that asked for your “go to” authors, the ones who’s book you buy or preorder without even reading the blurb. Well, Claire Douglas is one of mine! I’ll admit that the first book of hers that I read didn’t quite do it for me (that book was The Sisters which does have fabulous reviews so do check it out as it definitely was a personal thing for me!) but there was something there that made me pick up her second book and from that moment I was hooked! She never lets me down and I absolutely adore her books as her style of writing, the characters she creates and the storylines she crafts are my ideal for a great psychological thriller. And Just Like The Other Girls continues that pattern. It’s a gripping story with a shocking twist that had my jaw dropping at full speed! Which is why I love Claire Douglas! She isn’t afraid to mix it up and drop a major game changer into her storylines so that the whole plot takes an unexpected turn!

Just Like The Other Girls had it all for me. I was completely gripped by this compelling storyline and love that I was convinced that I knew EXACTLY who and what was behind the deaths of the previous companions but I was way off the mark! And that epilogue!! I was NOT expecting that!

Just Like The Other Girls fulfilled all my expectations and more! I loved it and have already preordered Claire’s next book out next year. No idea what it’s about but I know I NEED it in my life!

Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS.

Her subsequent novels LOCAL GIRL MISSING, LAST SEEN ALIVE and DO NOT DISTURB all reached the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers list and are published in over fifteen countries. LOCAL GIRL MISSING was the bestselling crime debut of 2018 in Germany. Her fifth thriller, THEN SHE VANISHES is due for release in Ebook end of June 2019 and in paperback August 2019.

You can find Claire on Twitter at @DougieClaire, instagram as clairedouglasauthor or visit her Facebook page clairedouglasauthor.

Lost You by Haylen Beck #bookreview

Happy paperback publication day to Haylen Beck!

Libby would do anything for her three-year-old son Ethan. And after all they’ve been through, a holiday seems the perfect antidote for them both. Their hotel is peaceful, safe and friendly, yet Libby can’t help feeling that someone is watching her. Watching Ethan. Because, for years, Libby has lived with a secret.

Just days into their holiday, when Libby is starting to relax, Ethan steps into an elevator on his own, and the doors close before Libby can stop them. Moments later, Ethan is gone.

Libby thought she had been through the worst, but her nightmare is only just beginning. And in a desperate hunt for her son, it becomes clear she’s not the only one looking for him.

Who will find him first?

I’ve never read a Stuart Neville novel but I love his alter ego Haylen Beck and the crime novels he writes set in the USA. The debut novel Here and Gone was one of my favourite reads of 2018 ( I actually listened to it on Audible which really added a sense of terror to the narrative and I highly recommend it if you like audiobooks!) so Lost You was high on my list of anticipated reads of 2020. And what a rollercoaster of a read it was! I don’t want to talk about the plot at all as I want everyone to go through the same “emotional washing machine” that I was spun around in! The author took me on a 180 degree turnaround several times in a shocking and unexpectedly heartbreaking thriller that completely blew me away.

The exploration of what it feels like to be a mother is so eloquently crafted here, and that was an unexpected surprise in this missing child mystery. It went far deeper and in a different direction to the one that I had been expecting from the blurb but for me that really made Lost You a fabulous read. It was addictive, completely gripping and I finished it within a couple of hours as I just had to know what had happened to Ethan and why.

Once again this book has taken the “children in peril” theme and totally delivered for me. A high octane race against time with a thought provoking moral dilemma at its core, Lost You is highly recommended by me.

Haylen Beck is the pen name of internationally prize-winning crime writer Stuart Neville. Writing under his own name, Stuart won the LA Times Book Prize for his debut novel and received critical acclaim for his Belfast-set detective series starring Serena Flanagan. His Haylen Beck novels are set in the US and are inspired by his love of American crime writing.

The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson @sarahalderson

Delighted to be sharing my review today of The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson! And at time of posting this is 99p for the ebook over on Amazon UK!

Two friends go on holiday. Only one comes back.

If you loved The Holiday, get ready for your new obsession…

Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to their annual weekend away.

This year, they’re off to Lisbon: the perfect flat, the perfect view, the perfect itinerary. And what better way to kick things off in style than with the perfect night out?

But when Orla wakes up the next morning, Kate is gone. Brushed off by the police and with only a fuzzy memory of the night’s events, Orla is her friend’s only hope. As she frantically retraces their steps, Orla makes a series of shattering discoveries that threaten everything she holds dear. Because while Lisbon holds the secret of what happened that night, the truth may lie closer to home…

Sarah Aldersons last book appeared in my top 20 books of 2019 list and I am thrilled to announce that I’m pretty sure The Last Weekend will be making an appearance on this years list! What a book! I knew I would probably love it as I have loved her last 2 books but it really did blow me away! The plot was pitch perfect, the setting was beautifully presented giving a great sense of place and it had realistically portrayed untrustworthy characters. I was hooked from the blurb to be honest but once I started reading it there was no way this book was leaving my hands!

We all have that friend don’t we? The one we let our guard down with and who we trust with our deepest feelings and secrets. These are the friends we spend our much valued free time with and so it was understandable that Orla and her best friend Kate decide to go away to Lisbon for a girly weekend when things have been strained for them both. Kate is getting divorced and Orla is struggling to deal with motherhood so a Portuguese weekend should do them both the world of good. But after their first night there, Orla wakes up to discover Kate missing. What follows is a desperate race against time to find Kate, who’s secrets are all about to come tumbling out…

The Weekend Away is the PERFECT beach read (or back garden read if you’re having a chilled staycation this year!) as it contains all you need for a gripping psychological thriller. The glamorous city of Lisbon, with its seedy underbelly, was the perfect location for the Airbnb apartment rented by Kate and Orla who’s relationship has become strained over the last few years due to their differing lifestyles. I was kept on the edge of my seat by the direction the storyline took as I was never quite sure if it was going to flip on its head, do a 360 or throw in a twist I wasn’t expecting! You’ll need to read it yourself to find out if it did!

This book really did it for me and I know I will buy Sarah Alderson’s next book now as I trust her to deliver my perfect type of psychological thriller. Her books are clever, compelling reads that are pure escapism from the real world and who doesn’t want a couple of hours away from 2020!

Highly recommended by me!

Sarah is a British born, LA based screenwriter and author.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and toddler daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
Her first psychological thriller, FRIENDS LIKE THESE, was out in December 2018, published by Mulholland Books.
Her books have appeared in translation in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Poland.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@sarahalderson)

One White Lie by Leah Konen

Today I am sharing my review of One White Lie as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Sriya Varadarajan for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.

2020’S MOST GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER with twists you’ll never see coming, perfect for fans of Samantha Downing, Rachel Caine and Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door

Imagine you’ve finally escaped the worst relationship of your life.

Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed.

Imagine they’re in trouble. That someone is threatening their livelihoods – and even their lives.

Imagine your ex is coming for you.

If you just needed to tell one small lie to make all these problems disappear, you’d do it . . . wouldn’t you?

It’s only one small lie, until someone turns up dead .

Lucy is on the run from her abusive Ex and has moved to a gorgeous little house in Woodstock, New York with her dog Dusty (my favourite character in One White Lie I have to admit!). She’s charmed by her new next door neighbours John and Vera, even though she is warned off them by others who know them. When she gets drawn into their plans for a “Van Gogh” things start to go wrong for all of them very quickly indeed…

One White Lie is published in the US under the title All The Broken People and when both titles are taken together you get a pretty good feel for what’s coming here! It’s a slow burning storyline, taking the time to build up the atmosphere and the characteristics that come together to make that perfect storm of a gripping read. None of the characters are particularly likeable and I didn’t trust a single one of them (again apart from Dusty the dog!) but I became intrigued quite early on as to what had happened previously to Lucy and how it was impacting on her relationship with others. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes and from about half way through the action starts to speed up a little as it heads towards an unexpectedly poignant ending.

One White Lie will appeal to you if you’re a fan of Samantha Downing as it reminded me of the books that I’ve read by her. It’s an enjoyable read that will keep you guessing until that very last page.


Leah Konen
is an author of young adult fiction, and One White Lie is her debut psychological thriller. As a journalist, her work has been published in Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, Fiscal Times, Parenting, Good Housekeeping’s Quick and Simple and Huffington Post, among others. She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband and their dog, Farley.

While You Slept by R.J. Parker

What would you do if you woke up in your home… but it wasn’t your home at all?

When a man wearing a picture mask of her daughter Maisie’s face stands tauntingly in her garden, Lily Russell does the smart thing and calls the police. When she and Maisie wake up the following morning in an exact replica of their home, held captive by that same man, the police are no longer an option.

Surrounded by the rooms and things that once provided comfort and now only promote fear, Lily and Maisie must fight to survive. Because when no one knows where you are, you are your only hope.

I’ve read a few books by R.J Parker now and love how his books grab you from the very first page. While You Slept follows that pattern with a brilliant plot idea that I found absolutely shocking! You probably do have to suspend belief a little bit but I very quickly became sucked in by the traumatic events suffered by Lily and her 5 year old daughter Maisie. When Lily opens an app on her phone whilst at work one day, her home camera system shows a strange man in her garden. And if that’s no bad enough, he is wearing a mask made from a photo of her daughters face! How creepy is that?! But on returning home, and having called the police, nothing else seems to have been disturbed and her upstairs neighbour hasn’t seen or heard anything untoward either. But when Lily and Maisie wake up the next morning, they are in an apartment exactly the same as theirs-except that it isn’t! Who could have done this to them and more importantly…WHY?!

What follows is a race against time for Lily to get her and Maisie out of their “very familiar” prison and work out who hates them enough to do this to them! We do meet other characters and look for clues as to any reason they would have to imprison a mother and daughter, especially in such a traumatic way! I do have to say that I thought the perpetrator did come a little out of nowhere so I felt a little cheated by the big reveal but that last page definitely made up for it-what an ending!

While You Slept is a gripping read from start to finish with likeable main characters and a fast paced storyline that will keep you guessing.


R. J. Parker’s creative career began as a TV script writer, editor and producer. It was this background that fed into a series of cinematic, high-concept thrillers that grabs the reader from the very first page and doesn’t release them until the last. R. J. Parker now lives in Salisbury.