Book Review: While you were sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Tara wakes up one morning, hungover and beside a man who isn’t her husband. She finds herself in bed with her neighbour.  Things get even worse when she realises that he is dead. Or rather that the man has a been brutally murdered. Worst of all, she has no memory of the night. At all. She has no recollection how she ended up in bed with him. 

Tara is a mother of two living in a nice suburb of London. Tara and her husband had been resolving issues in their marriage, her teenage daughter is going through a difficult, angry phase. This could make things even worse. Tara now has to figure out what exactly happened that night. She knows she couldn’t have killed him, but that makes things even more dangerous. Out there is a killer who knows her. Who knows she was there when the murder was committed. What should she do? What could she do? Who can she trust with this horrific secret.

As things unfold, more and more lies seem to come to the fore. Lots of people seem to have a lot to hide. Who is telling the truth. As a reader, it gets more and more intriguing.

The story is fast paced and the suspense well maintained. Having said that there were bits and pieces that didn’t quite sit right with me. Some elements that didn’t make sense. Maybe I analyse a bit too much, so some of the enjoyment of the book was lost to me. I didn’t like any of the characters much. None of them felt relatable. They all did things that made me want to shake them them 

A 3.5/5 book for me. I like the way the suspense is maintained but the holes in the story and the characters themselves, detracted from the book, for me. However, still an interesting read. I like the author’s style and for that reason will still pick up a book of her’s. 

About the Author


Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fourth novel, The Girl You Lost, will be published on 5th February 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon. 

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture. 

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