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.
Perfect Kill is actually the 6th in the Callanach series. Normally I try not to review books that are so far into a series if I haven’t read the majority of the previous ones. However this novel sounded like it would be too good to miss, so I broke my self imposed rule and signed up for the blog tour.
Perfect Kill is set across both Edinburgh and Calais. Bart Campbell has been kidnapped and finds himself miles away from his hometown of Edinburgh. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases, however it soon becomes clear that there is a link between the two and they must work together before more lives are lost.
This novel was a great read that I found enjoyable yet utterly disturbing at the same time. This is a story with numerous strands it seems. It covers human trafficking, organ donation, kidnapping, cancer, broken relationships and all manner of the most hideous aspects of human life. Yet it isn’t all doom and gloom, without wanting to give anything away there are lighter moments amongst all the misery.
I liked the main characters. Yes it would have been better to know more of the back story of them and their relationships, however the book still worked as a standalone. Clearly the main two have been playing games with each other for a long time, and that doesn’t change within this story. It’s obvious they are meant to be together and fingers crossed they work out next time.
When you read as many crime novels as I do it is hard to find something truly terrifying but this managed to do just that. There were parts of this story that were really quite scary, all the more so because you can imagine it happening.
I would highly recommend this novel and would definitely like to start at the beginning of the series (if only there were more hours in the day!) Thanks to Harper Collins and Helen Fields for my copy of this. Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour to find out what other bloggers thought of the book:
As regular readers of this blog will know one of my favourite things about the TOPCWF is the opportunity it gives to read authors that have books coming out the following year. Sometimes these books include brand new authors and often there are some real gems within my book haul. One such gem is The Woman in the Window by A J Finn.
The Woman in the Window tells the story of Anna Fox, a child psychologist who is suffering from severe agoraphobia. She hasn’t left her house in over ten months and spends her days either watching her neighbours through the windows, or watching old films in the company of red wine. When new neighbours the Russell’s move in she is drawn to their picture perfect family. Until the night she hears a scream and thinks she sees something that she wasn’t supposed to. Unfortunately no one believes Anna, thinking she has just let her drunken imagination run wild. Therefore it is left to Anna to prove that she isn’t mad.
This was an absolutely cracking novel. I have to say I read a similar story last year which helped me guess one of the major plot twists quite early on. Yet this in no way detracted from what was an superb read. It did literally keep me up all night. There is a scene with Anna in bed with her cat that really shouldn’t be read when in bed on your own with a cat.
I thought the story itself was interesting and really didn’t see the ending coming. I found the character of Anna incredibly likeable. Despite her excessive self-medication and the slight self-pitying feel to her, she is a character that you quickly feel sympathy for as she struggles with the reality she has created. The beauty of this story is that it is a slow burner, this draws you into Anna’s world and you actually feel like you are looking through the windows with her. Obviously the setting rarely changes, which means there are few descriptive paragraphs included which I felt gave it a really claustrophobic feel. I was drawn in from the beginning and you are gradually taken along with Anna as she slowly declines before the ending shatters into sight.
This was a superb story, with excellent writing that I would highly recommend. I look forward to reading more by AJ Finn and to what little gems will be in the TOPCWF 2018 goody bag this year.