Wednesday 30 September 2015

Sleep Peacefully - NC Marshall

Nat and Jess were the closest of sisters and told each other everything...

When Jess dies in a sudden and tragic accident, Nat is left heartbroken by her sister’s untimely death. Haunted by a recurring dream, Nat suffers from endless restless nights. The dream shows vivid images of the events leading up to Jess’s final moments, on the night she passed away.

As the dreams start to progress, it soon becomes apparent that Jess’s death was more than just an accident and Nat is forced to delve into her sister’s past. She focus’s on a year Jess spent travelling in Australia when she was younger, turning her attention to the places she visited and the people that she met there.

Nat soon discovers that Jess held a secret, which she had kept hidden until the day she died. Could this secret be linked to her death? 

As the past unravels and Nat is lead closer to the truth, she starts to wonder how many other secrets Jess had kept from her, and questions if she ever really knew her sister at all...

What did I think?

This is a phenomenal debut from NC Marshall that had me gripped from start to finish.  I had chosen this book as my lunchtime read but after about a third of the way in, it became my morning, noon and night read.  As Nat digs into Jess's life and Jess's secrets are uncovered I absolutely refused to take my eyes off this book.  It's so beautifully written that it's hard to believe it's a debut novel and for that I must applaud the author!

It was a fascinating analysis of the relationship between two sisters that continued beyond the grave.  Nat thought she knew everything about Jess; they were close, they confided in each other but when Nat investigates Jess's death she questions whether she actually knew her sister at all.

There are certainly more gasp out loud moments in this book than I ever imagined.  From family secrets being revealed to ghostly manifestations, this book had me holding my breath on the edge of my seat with my heart beating out of my chest.  I expected a family story of love and loss but there's a very clever thriller bubbling under the surface of this book that successfully managed to surprise me, as I was pointing my finger at completely the wrong person!  I'm not going to reveal any secrets buried within the wonderful pages of this book, but I am confident that you won't be disappointed when you read it for yourself.

With a twist that I didn't see coming at all, I heartily recommend this book and will be looking forward to more books from NC Marshall.

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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