A pacy, chilling psychological thriller, set to reinvent the genre.
It begins, they say, with a woman screaming…
On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace.
For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: night-time intrusions; unknown voices; a constant sense of being watched.
The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides’ dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all-too-real – but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?
This was such a powerful story and one that was so different from the norm
While You Sleep was my first introduction to Stephanie Merritt and I had not read any of her work under her pseudonym S J Parris. I was not disappointed and would be very interested in seeing what Merritt writes next.
With so many psychological thrillers on the market and those similar in style and theme, it is becoming harder the stand out from the rest. Merritt manages to do just that by combining a haunting ghost story with emotional charge and a heavy dash of erotica, which work well to create a very atmospheric tale, steeped in history, folklore and believable plotline.
The story is not all it seems with darker things at play
A ghost story and tale of old soaked into the skin of the people from the desolate island leaving the reader questioning characters motives, whereabouts and intentions as we read through the pages.
The characters are strong and very well-developed, many with secrets, those running from hardship and the ones who are the backbone of the story itself.
A bold tale from a very imaginative writer, a gripping story and a pacy chilling read
Prepare to feel spooked and open your mind to what lies beyond the first sentence.
Remember it begins, they say, with a woman screaming…