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Sleep Tight by Cass Green – a review BLOG TOUR

I have a bad habit of not thoroughly reading things before agreeing to go ahead and that happened here. I had read and really enjoyed some of the psychological thrillers written by the author so I jumped at the chance to receive a copy of her latest novel Sleep Tight. It wasn’t until I actually looked at my copy I realised that this was something different.

Sleep Tight introduces us to DC Rose Gifford. She is called to investigate the death of a young woman called Hannah who suffocated in her bed within a locked room. It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Her roommate can’t think of anyone who might want to harm her although she does mention that Hannah had been suffering from crippling nightmares. Rose then meets DS Moony who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Rose has to put aside her scepticism before anyway else dies.

Regular readers of the blog will know I’m not really a fan of supernatural in crime thrillers, however occasionally there is a cross over that works, and this is one of those. It was a fun read that I really enjoyed.

The character of Rose is interesting, she’s a bit of a strange one who shares her house with an unwelcome visitor, and doesn’t always make the best decisions work wise but she’s definitely a character I’d like to read more about. My favourite however was DS Mooney I liked her understated attitude despite working for such an unusual and eccentric department.

The story was good, I liked the slightly quirky nature of the story and the humour worked well against the back drop of the crime. I found parts of it quite creepy especially the descriptions of the dreams and the nightmares. I very much enjoyed this, although reading the book in bed certainly wouldn’t be recommended!

To find out what others thought of the book have a look at the other stop on the tour.

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The woman next door by Cass Green – a review

The Woman Next Door is about Hester and Melissa who have lived next to each other for years. They used to be good friends, the older woman Hester, helped out with Melissa’s daughter when she was young. However recently they have not been close. Hester is lonely and misses her friendship with the glamorous Melissa so when she sees an opportunity to do Melissa a favour she jumps at it. This soon turns out to be a mistake for both of them.

I really enjoyed this book. Clearly ‘next door’ is the new craze in book titles, as I’ve also read ‘The Couple Next Door’ recently. The Woman Next Door switches between the viewpoints of the two main characters. As an observer you can see that Melissa is fed up with Hestor’s interfering busy body ways. However you also see that Hestor believes she is doing everything for the right reasons and just wants to help. This is a slow burner of a novel that is definitely worth sticking with. The characters are both unreliable and I kept changing my opinion of who was good and who was bad throughout. Hestor is clearly desperate for some companionship other than just her dog and sees Melissa as her likeliest friend. Melissa is struggling with keeping up with the life she has built for herself, whilst hiding her childhood. Even when circumstances push them together their friendship is still on shaky ground.

Whilst there is no doubt that some of the actions may be a little bit far fetched I am a big one for believing that sometimes in fiction you just have to enjoy the story and not get too hung up on how it would really be. I enjoyed the writing within this book, and thought it was a nice easy read that really draws you in without noticing. As someone who lives surrounded by nosy neighbours The Woman Next Door certainly makes you think twice about befriending  any of them.

I was pleased to receive a copy of this via netgalley.

 

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