The Sleeper by Emily Barr

sleeperBlurb from, please scroll down for my review.

Lara Finch is living a lie.

Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair.

When Lara vanishes from the night train without leaving a trace, only her friend Iris disbelieves the official version of events, and sets out to find her.

For Iris, it is the start of a voyage that will take her further than she’s ever travelled and on to a trail of old crimes and dark secrets.

For Lara, it is the end of a journey that started a long time ago. A journey she must finish, before it destroys her..

“Two strangers meet on a train.

Only one gets off.”

My Review.

Some spoilers.

This was a cracking read; there are thrills, mystery, romance and intrigue in a well-balanced and well written book, very enjoyable indeed. I have previous read a couple of the authors books but it was quite while ago and this is the was the first time I have read one of her psychological thrillers.

Lara is a fairly likeable character, one might be able to understand what is going on in her mind, she is the main character in the book and takes up most of it. There is a lot of background information that is slowly revealed at the right times. She has a difficult relationship with her younger sister and not the best of relationships with her parents.

What i didn´t enjoy is the sudden change from Lara to Iris at a crucial point in the book, but as I read on I got over that and it turned out to be the correct way to write the novel.

I didn´t enjoy the Iris character though, she seemed to get in people´s way, wanting to know what is going on, as well as a bit psychotic with her imaginary boyfriend. Although at the end it was lucky for Lara that she was like this otherwise the book would have had a completely different ending.

The ending was a surprise to me,. The title and cover are great, this is a great book for the beach as it is easy to get into and not put down.

The Sleeper
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Review
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