While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Tara’s life is turned upside down when she wakes in her neighbour’s bed. The fact that he has been brutally stabbed to death makes matters worse and Tara does the only thing she can to protect her family; she runs. When the lies begin to flow, it’s hard to know who to trust but the desire to protect her family remains her priority.

Tara is a very ordinary woman with easily relatable conflict within her family but her daughter Rosie’s antics threw me off the scent every time. This thriller tricked me by constantly making me think I could solve the mystery only to dash my hopes and produce new or conflicting evidence. The brilliance of bringing a new suspect into the light at intervals kept the story fresh and interesting. Croft has a unique style, and I found it refreshing.

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While you were sleeping

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Blackout (John Milton #10) by Mark Dawson

When John Milton wakes up in his hotel room, he knows immediately that something is very wrong. Alcohol has been his downfall in the past but after fighting it for so long has he really fallen on the wagon? When he sees the body, his heart sinks and things begin to spiral out of his control and control is something Milton prefers to keep a hold of.

I love this series but I’m not reading it in sync because the audio book came on promotion and I just couldn’t wait. Lucky for me this doesn’t seem to matter too much. Milton’s story is easy to pick up and very easy to become addicted to.

Milton isn’t a hero as such but as killers go, he’s pretty awesome. There’s something innocent about this character that hooks the reader in making him seem like the good guy. The story is full-on action and poor Milton doesn’t get much chance to be introspective because he’s either taking a beating or giving one but Dawson still manages to instil a sense of vulnerability into this unlikely hero. Watch out ladies, he’s a little like James Bond but with less charm, less bling, and less action in the sack but with the mission in mind the man is focused even if he does ride economy class.

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Safe With Me by K. L. Slater

Anna doesn’t have much in life but what she does have is carefully tended. Even the people on her delivery round get special attention until her boss notices how late she gets back to the depot. As one thing after another begin to slip, Anna’s life loses the order she loves, and she doesn’t know who to turn to. Liam becomes her fixation but is there more to him than meets the eye?

This novel is full of sinister undertones and there were too many possibilities to be able to guess where the danger really lay. Anna’s innocence is in complete contrast to her actions and the reader is left feeling uncomfortable. As a regular consumer of thrillers, I found this one to be quite different from others in the same genre and that’s a refreshing change.

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Safe With Me

Sleep Tight (DCI Tom Douglas #3) by Rachel Abbott

Olivia’s world is destroyed when her boyfriend walks out on her and their baby. When her parents die just a couple of weeks later she falls into the protective arms of the man who has just purchased her flat. Olivia’s life might be safe but it becomes increasingly narrow and her freedom is restricted but after an attempt to rectify that she fears that she will be bound forever, a prisoner within her own life.

In this complicated plot, Abbott has yet again shown the strength that her female characters are capable of. This novel had me on the edge of my seat because things are always twice as scary when you put children into the mix. The psychological element really shines through and DCI Tom Douglas and his side-kick Becky worked well untangling the mystery.

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo hopes the work-related cruise will help to shake the fear of the break in she suffered but within hours she realises that not only has her ex-boyfriend been invited but also, she has some serious mental scars leftover with the bruises. Somewhere in the Norwegian sea, everything starts to go wrong, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. It can only get worse.

Lo is the kind of character the reader likes, can identify with, but also wants to scream at. She can’t help but choose the wrong path every time and this is something we all recognise in ourselves from time to time. Her demise is inevitable and we read with a sinking feeling that is balanced by small rays of hope.

This thriller kept me reading but I can’t say it was a comfortable read. The confines of the boat were stifling and Lo’s anxiety was catching. I was on edge and because I couldn’t tell where the threat was coming from I felt almost as scared as the poor protagonist which is exactly what you want from a thriller.

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Dead Still (Dr. Annabel Tilson #1) by Barbara Ebel, M.D.

Annabel is excited and optimistic at being finally able to go on clinical rotation. Having spent years in the classroom she can’t wait to start putting the theory into practice. With her father being a well-known and respected neurosurgeon she has some big shoes to fill but she doesn’t expect any special treatment. Special treatment is a far cry from her actual experience and she becomes increasingly deflated with the idea of being a doctor at all and with patience dropping like flies she struggles to keep her composure. It isn’t until her life is on the line that things become a little clearer.

As thrillers go, this is an original and interesting one. A junior doctor fresh out of medical school and at the mercy of a jealous colleague is an unusual narrator, but it worked well. I thought the medical jargon and involvement was just right. I didn’t need a medical dictionary to figure things out and there was enough med-talk to keep it realistic.

Annabel was a likable, intelligent character and Ebel’s style was an interesting mix of thriller, romance, and detective. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Dead still

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Cass’s life had been wonderful until that fateful night but when she chooses the shortcut home, it changes the course of her life. Between the menacing calls and the constant forgetfulness, Cass doesn’t know where to go or who to turn to but she knows that she can’t keep her secret for much longer.

This thriller comes from a fragile woman’s point of view and it is terrifying because the reader feels Cass’s vulnerability and loneliness. It is an uncomfortable read which all thrillers should be and it certainly builds in suspense as the story moves forward.

I found the ending very satisfying, and I was quite relieved when Cass started eating again because food and drink had featured so prominently in the beginning. I like Paris’s ability to keep you guessing until the end.

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The Breakdown