*Blog Tour* While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for While You Were Sleeping, the new psychological thriller from Bookouture author, Kathryn Croft.

*Many thanks to Bookouture for my Netgalley review copy*

Here’s all the bookish info you need:

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About the book:

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

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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 other novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fifth novel, While You Were Sleeping, will be published on 16th November 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.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

http://www.kathryncroft.com

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My thoughts:

I knew Kathryn had a new book coming out, but I was really good and hadn’t requested it on Netgalley, and then I heard from the lovely Kim at Bookouture asking if I’d take part in the blog tour. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed two of Kathryn’s previous books, how could I refuse?! 😂🙈

While You Were Sleeping is a psychological thriller which focuses on Tara Logan and her family and the effect that keeping secrets can have on your family, friends and those you are closest to. Tara wakes up next to her dead neighbour, in his bed. What happened to Lee? And why is Tara there?

I read this book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down because the narrative is almost compulsive in its delivery. The characterisation is interesting too. To be honest, the only character I liked, was 11 year old Spencer. Intuitive but searingly innocent, he is the least tainted character in a book full of terrible people.

Secrets have the ability to destroy lives, and While You Were Sleeping is a good example of what can happen to those who hide things. It seems as though everyone is hiding something, which creates seriously unreliable narrators and makes the reader question everyone and their motives.

I found While You Were Sleeping to be a fast-paced read. Full of characters that are divisive and morally wrong, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how other readers will get on! For me personally, it was not as gripping as her previous books but still a good read all the same. Pure escapism, with a hint of implausibility, but I was hooked nonetheless!

Previous Kathryn Croft reviews:

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

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30 Day Challenge- Day 30

Book you couldn’t put down…


Theoretically, there are any number of books this year that I couldn’t put down, but with my top ten books of the year post in the works, I’m not going to list them all until then!
So ONE of the books I couldn’t put down this year, was:
 The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I flew through it because I was dying to know what happened! You can read my review HERE! It was part of Bookouture’s thriller week in October, and it was well worth reading!
Any standout books this year that you couldn’t put down?? 😊

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while so once I heard Bookouture were doing Thriller Week I figured I’d add it to my list! This is the 3rd book I’ve read from the 8 thrillers on their Thriller Week post. 2 days to read the other 5! Eeeeeek! 😂

I need to be realistic and admit I won’t get them all read but it’s still a challenge all the same!

Anywho, off on a tangent as usual! Back to matters at hand… The Girl With No Past…

About the book:

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My thoughts: 

I genuinely don’t know where to begin with this review. I essentially read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down and snatched any opportunity to read when I could!

Leah lives a fairly solitary life, living on her own and holding down a job in a library. Her only solace is found online in chat rooms where nobody knows her or what has happened in her life.

Through the chat room, Leah meets Julian. Meeting him gives Leah hope for a new life. Sufficed to say all does not go according to plan (that is not a spoiler!!!) for her.

This book is thrilling and engrossing beyond words. I was hooked from the first few pages. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading once I started!!!

Kathryn Croft has expertly crafted Leah’s story so that it is full of suspense. I had no idea what Leah’s past actually was! I kept thinking I had it figured out and then something else would be said that would throw me off completely.

Essentially, the past was teenage misadventure gone horrifically wrong. In my opinion, it was completely unforseeable until the very time it was explained. I was totally shocked, but I also felt sorry for Leah at having to bear the brunt of everything.

I wholeheartedly loved this book. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. It was an easy, and well deserved 5 ⭐️ rating on Goodreads from me! I’d highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!!!

Happy reading 😊📖