This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of While You Were Sleeping.
In the prologue of While You Were Sleeping, we meet Tara. She has woken up in her next door neighbour's bed with no memory of how she got there. Worse still, Lee is dead. What happened the night before, and who is responsible for Lee's murder?
In creating Tara's family - her husband, Noah, seventeen year old daughter Rosie, eleven year old son, Spencer, and Tara's sister Lisa - Croft has developed characters that appear to be part of an average family, who unwittingly become part of an extraordinary situation. This means that it is easy for the reader to immerse themselves in the novel, as it forces them to imagine what they would do if a similar occurrence took place in their neighbourhood. However, although I was able to relate to the characters, it is clear from the outset that each member of the family has secrets, and it is difficult to know who is telling the truth. My own opinion of who killed Lee changed several times as I was reading, and I found that Croft's characters were so strong that each revelation of a lie felt like a personal slight!
The twist at the conclusion of While You Were Sleeping has left me reeling. It gave me several points to think about after I had finished reading, and there are still some unanswered questions.
I loved While You Were Sleeping, and found it very difficult to put down, especially as the investigation into Lee's death became more intricate. I am looking forward to discovering Croft's other work.
While You Were Sleeping is published on 16th November and is available from Amazon.