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The Sleeper – Gillian White

Psychological Thriller 5*'s
Psychological Thriller

If ever there was an antidote to a Merry Christmas, this book is it! Set during a wintry Christmas, in the middle of a storm the electricity goes off while Violet Moon is visiting her son and daughter-in-law at the farm she owned and ran with her now dead husband William.  Away from her cosy house and her séances she holds Violet Moon is dreading Christmas on the farm which once meant so much to her…

This is a fantastic study of human life, but don’t expect to find fluffy nice characters within the pages of this book. The Sleeper has a collection of people trapped in lives they don’t want to be in, those looking for others to provide their happiness, those who want to turn back time, and too many who think they can orchestrate a different future. Jealousy, suspicion and dastardly deeds are the presents for Christmas this year.

At the same time at The Happy Haven Hotel in Torquay one of the elderly residents is missing. No family is known of and no clue to where she may have gone to, her roommate is concerned and the police are called…

With the roots to this unhappy Christmas originating in some part in the past the reader is let in on events involving Violet and the loss of her mother over fifty years previously. The narrative to this book is unusual using a narrator viewing events as a whole inviting the reader to question each person’s actions, thoughts and adding pertinent information to enrich those tales being told in the present.

I really enjoyed this most claustrophobic of novels, the isolated farmhouse with its aga, candles and a pervading darkness hiding more than anyone would have expected.

This book, reminiscent of those written by Barbara Vine, was first published in the 1990’s. Open Road Media has re-published this book, and others by Gillian White, for the kindle. Excellent news for anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of this talented writer before, or those of us who missed some titles the first time around.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest review.
The Sleeper: A Novel

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• What are you currently reading?
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• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Morning Frost by James Henry the third of the prequels he has written to the wonderful series by R.D. Wingfield which started with Frost at Christmas.

Set in 1982 Inspector Frost is burying his wife Mary at the start of this book when all the crimes start piling up in Denton.

Morning Frost

This book is due to be published on Thursday 7 November 2013 by Bantam Press.

I just finished reading The Moment Keeper by Buffy Andrews.

Click on the beautiful book cover to read my review of this book which explores the choices we make through the lives of Sarah and Olivia.

The Moment Keeper

Published 1 November 2013 by Carina

Next I plan to read The Sleeper by Gillian White

The Sleeper


The sins of the past haunt an isolated farmhouse as a snowstorm rages outside . . .
It’s not shaping up to be a very merry Christmas. Clover Moon feels trapped in her life as a farmer’s wife. She certainly doesn’t enjoy hosting Fergus’s mother, Violet, who always finds new ways to publicly humiliate her unsatisfactory daughter-in-law. But would Violet ever seek a more violent way of expressing her disapproval?
Violet is a medium, and the voices of the dead sometimes encourage her to do disturbing things. During her stay at the farmhouse, she claims to sense an intrusive presence. Fergus then discovers the dead body of a woman floating in their flooded cellar, and elderly Miss Bates, resident of a nearby senior home and a client of Violet’s, is missing . . .
With her acute sense of human nature and gift for suspense, reminiscent of Barbara Vine, Gillian White will leave you guessing until the very end. Amazon

Fiction Fan let me in on the secret that Gillian White’s books had been republished earlier this year by Open Road Media. I read several of her books years ago and was lucky enough to get this free copy through Netgalley. I am really looking forward to reading The Sleeper and all the others that I missed the first time round are now on my Wishlist!