Sleep Tight Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
How far would you go to hold on to the people you love? When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was in the family home that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag - on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers. And then they find the blood…. Has the past caught up with Olivia? Sleep tight - if you can. You never know who’s watching.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 40 minutes|
|Narrator||Melody Grove, Andrew Wincott|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 11, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #99,351 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,058 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,198 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,294 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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Olivia Brookes is panicked because her husband has unexpectedly taken their children for pizza for dinner, but he hasn’t returned by the next morning. She calls the police who find her husband and children; he claims that Olivia had packed the children’s little overnight bags, knowing he was trying to give her a break and the kids a treat. Olivia seems confused.
Skip ahead two years and DCI Tom Douglas is once again called. This time Olivia and the children are missing. Is she a possibly disturbed and forgetful mother as her husband claims, or is something more sinister taking place? Fine mystery with good interwoven clues, but still with enough twists to keep it moving forward. My rating is a 4.7 out of 5. I would like just a bit more description of the settings used. Recommend to mystery lovers.
But with a master mentor, the author can be great -- lots of imagination and ideas.
I read this book faster than any other book I have read in years as it didn't require much concentration on the plot and I also found myself flipping pages and skim reading as I wanted to get to the end and find out the full plot as it was excitingly written. I worked out many of the twists before they were revealed and also found the ending a bit abrupt so this was a little disappointing. Also as other reviews mentioned, there was no need to leave unfinished business in Tom's burglary to be continued in the next book, this added nothing to this stand alone book and should have been left out or concluded to add to the story.
One does not also feel that one gets to know the characters enough and there is a feeling of shallowness with the character development besides the two main characters. So said, I have recommended this book to both my daughters as I feel it is still a very enjoyable read (I would say more a "woman's book) and is priced right. This would make a popular choice for a book club.
The protagonists, Olivia and Robert, were in the beginning an enigma but slowly the author defines them for the reader. Olivia, the main protagonist, is used to having her own way but meets a man who she becomes involved with and gets pregnant. Dan is from Iran and his family would not accept her and he must choose between his family and Liv. Now that she is pregnant she feels lost and turns to her parents but something happens to prevent her from going to them. Strange things happen and she is caught up in a new relationship that she is not sure is right.
There are many circumstances that keep her from getting away from this man who she has now married. She now has two more children, sons that she loves more than life itself. She has never forgotten her first love, Dan. But will she ever escape the clutches of this possessive and cloying relationship? Will she be reunited with the man she truly loves so her daughter will know her father?
Rachel Abbott tells the tale of Olivia from a number of perspectives. The use of first person present drew me into Olivia's character as she's first snared by her manipulative husband, then carefully plans and engineers her escape. The personas of the other characters are all told from their respective point of view in the third person, with the brilliant madness of Robert being particularly captivating. The mystery elements of the plot were subordinate to the raw tension of finding out the fate of Olivia and the children, but right up to the very end I was left guessing who (if anyone) had been murdered, and if so, by whom.
All the players have distinct and believable personalities, and I now want to read more of Ms Abbott's books to find out more of their back story. Loved it.
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I really enjoyed reading Sleep Tight and I loved how the story unfolded. Nagging doubts were thrown at the reader all the way through this book. All the characters had scope for dirty dealings and the reader does not know who to trust. There are three central characters with their points of view pointing the reader in different directions. Olivia, her husband Robert and DCI Tom Douglas but who has got it right?
The plot of Sleep Tight is very, very clever. It is centered around the idea of obsession. There are many twists in this story and it has you pulling this way and that. You think that you understand exactly what is going on only to be shocked by yet another revelation. Finally you have a surprise ending and you think WTF?
I found Sleep Tight far better than the first two novels in this series - it gives me all I want from a crime thriller with a psychological twist. I loved all the little details that were thrown into this story, their importance were all revealed towards the end. The clues are all there but quite often ignored as simply setting a scene. I think Sleep Tight is an OUTSTANDING read that gets the top score of 5 stars from me.
I loved the twists and turns to this story. Liv and Dan, so much in love until Dan's brother, Samir, shows up to put the cat amongst the pigeons. When Liv discover she is pregnant, she believes that Dan won't leave her, but to her dismay he does a vanishing trick after their daughter was born. Losing Dan and also her parents----who died in mysterious circumstances----Liv is in the depths of despair and turns to Robert----who has conveniently appeared on the scene----for comfort.
Is Robert the man he seems to be---tender, loving, and caring? Or is he a creepy stalker? No spoilers.
Tom sure had his job cut out in trying to solve this case.
This one is as good although not as bloody or gruesome as the few I’ve read. This one is quite mild a thriller compared with the few. I still like it, though.
It’s the way she laid out the chapters that make the chase for the culprit to be nailbitingly engrossing. Even the last chapter, which revealed the answer to the confusing case, seems to bring it all to a satisfactory close.
Another good read for a dull weekend afternoon.
I particularly like the Tom Douglas thrillers as not only are they all different, but the ongoing story of the characters makes you want to know what they do next too. Clever - got me hooked.
In short, if you like thrillers, with a twist, you will be hard pushed to find better than this.
Highly recommended as are all Rachel's books.