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While You Slept

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One of those really frustrating books where the concept is brilliant and leads you in but then the execution weak. A great start which kept me going with enthusiasm but then the whole thing seemed so unreal and unbelievable.
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I really enjoyed this, I liked the way it was written and it had me gripped! 

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
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An incredible psychological thriller that I could not put down.A journey through a deranged human mind and the effect this can have on innocent people's lives. Characters and situation are clearly well defined, to the point it felt like reading a news' story rather than fiction. I would have offered more insights into Lily and Maise's mind, AKA less tell and more show. But overall the rating is very good.
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The premise of this book was so interesting and really pulled me in... but unfortunately the actual story just didn't deliver for me. It started off so well, with real creepy vibes - protagonist Lily receives a push notification on her phone from her home security system and when she checks her cameras, she sees a man stood in her garden wearing a mask with the face of her 5 year old daughter Maisie on it. However, from there, the story went rapidly downhill for me. The writing style was too choppy, and honestly I kind of lost interest a bit. Sorry I couldn't be more positive on this one, but it just wasn't for me personally.
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Read this in one go but have to say Maisie drove me mad 😂 fast paced with cracking twists and turns it’s defo a favourite of mine this year, will be sure to buy more from the author! Totally creepy and had me hooked from page one...more please!
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Firstly let me thank NetGalley and the author for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review

Whilst it is a definite page turner it's utterly ludicrous and kind of badly written however the first few chapters of this book are genuinely creepy - Protagonist Lily gets a push notification from her home security app while she's at work – and sees a man standing in her garden... a man who is wearing a mask of her 5 year old daughter's face and the paranoia and dread builds chapter by chapter.

I hated the end, which really wasn't an end and i didn't get the he motivation behind the abductions so all in all i just felt really let down and its a disappointing 2 stars from me. It would no doubt make a good mini series though.
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While You Slept grabbed me from the minute I read the blurb. Then I started reading and it looked like it was going to be a sit up and take notice kind of thriller. Then... it lost me. The beginning was everything I expected, including some truly creepy moments, but all that fizzled and the story was just kind of choppy. That wasn't helped at all by a noticeable lack of character development. Enough so that it became increasingly hard to connect with anyone. And after all that, the ending, or lack of, was thoroughly unsatisfying. Now, I don't know if the author plans on giving us some actual character and story development in the next book or not, but this ended up being disappointing.
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*Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Actual Rating: 2.75

The blurb for this sounded intriguing right off the bat. You wake up one day in your own bed. It feels like nothing's different, and yet as time passes you realize: you're not home at all. You're in a replica of it, and there's no way out. This is exactly what happened to Lily and her five-year-old daughter Maisie, one day after she sees someone standing in her garden, wearing a mask of Maisie's face.

Not only is the premise of the story just really original, but this story and the writing was undoubtedly the best part. From the very first page, I was hooked and it was the type of book where I couldn't put it down because I spent every page trying to figure out the mystery for myself. The whodunnit build-up was done really well, and it's satisfying to read an antagonist that acts smart.

As the mystery is actually revealed in the last 10%, however, a lot of the good things about the book — like the tension of secrets — just fall apart. It isn't just that the reveal and reasoning are unsatisfying; it's that it came completely out of nowhere. All that time I had spent trying to figure out the mystery from the hints that were dropped about other characters... but in the end, it felt like there actually hadn't been any clues at all, no build-up or logic whatsoever.

Another issue that I had was with the characters; Lily is alright, and under the circumstances, I think the way she acted was pretty smart at times and relatable. Maisie, however, really seems out of character. She was suspiciously coherent and logical for a five-year-old and honestly just sounded and acted like a child who was at least ten. It was really hard to square the dialogue that she had with her explicit characterization, which is something that probably just needs to be reworked a little.

Ultimately, I still enjoyed most of this reading experience, since I liked the feeling of tension and mystery that clouded everything that was going on. The basics of the characters and the plot definitely need some more fleshing out, but there's a LOT of potential here.
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Imagine waking up at home but it wasn't your home at all but the replica and you are held captive with your daughter. This is what happens to Lily and her daughter Maisie in this story. 

I am a massive fan of the author who is known for his fast paced thrillers and although this story kept my gripped from start to finish. 

This book is totally different from all of his other books like always. I will be totally honest but Maisie really got on my nerves. This is one of those books that I was disappointed with purely because I was expecting more. So I do have mixed feelings about it. I couldn't  help but wonder what happened to the dark and gory side of the story.One of the many things that I love about Richard’s stories.

Saying that I read it in two sittings. The more I read the more I wanted to know how they were going to escape. It is full of twists and turns and a good pace. Everything is all wrapped up and makes sense at the end….until that very last sentence! OMG I wasn't expecting that.
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I read this in one sitting. I just could not put the book down because I needed to know what happened next! I loved the author’s writing style and I am excited to read more books by them!
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Thank you to NetGalley, R.J. Parker and One More Chapter for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since I read Parker's first novel, I have been a big fan. Parker writes the most amazing, quick paced and thrilling novels. The novels are so unique and I am never sure where we are being led to next. This novel was definitely a rollercoaster ride and I'm totally here for it. I would definitely recommend for those looking for a fast paced, thrilling novel that will keep you up at night!
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This was quite creepy in its premise. I enjoyed parts of it and the rest felt to be slightly fantastical. 

I loved when two girls found themselves in the captive's house which was a replica of theirs. A house which was supposed to be secure now there was only fear surrounding the girls in the rooms.

They must fight to survive. The subplots kept adding the suspense. I was keen to know what motivated the captive. 

Some parts let me down and with unlikable characters, I found myself standing in the edge. Overall an interesting read in its premise.
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Wow! This was a startling and clever premise. I was immediately gripped by it at the beginning. We’re straight into the action as single mum Lily gets an alert on her phone at work. She has an app which links her to her home security system and alerts her when someone is approaching. She sees an intruder in the garden, but very creepily he’s wearing a mask of her daughter Maisie. The police attend to make sure there is no one in the property before Lily and Maisie settle down for the night. The only possible suspect seems to be her ex, Maisie’s father but there is no credible reason he would do that and Lily is very emphatic it’s nothing to do with him. They spend the evening with Lily’s sister then make their way to bed. The next morning the pair wake after a good night’s sleep, However, they have woken up in a house that looks and feels exactly like theirs, but is a replica down to the last detail. Who would do this? How have they been kidnapped? Who would know this much about them? I must admit that I started to wonder at the point if perhaps Lily wasn’t everything she seemed. That maybe what seems like a high concept thriller is actually a narrator who has lost their grasp of reality. 

I was expecting from here to get interspersed chapters between Lily and Maisie’s captivity, and their background. We learn a little about her ex and his alcoholism, as well as the accident that stopped him seeing his daughter, but that was it. I didn’t get anything about Lily’s past life at all so there were no clues to find to really help the reader get stuck into the mystery. It’s the hunt for these clues that keeps us reading and invests us in the narrative and I didn’t feel I was. The reveal when it came seemed rushed and unexpected. I looked back to see the clues I’d missed but I honestly couldn’t join them up. I think an opportunity was missed here to completely surprise the reader by suggesting a psychological reason for Lily’s belief they’re kidnapped. What if they’re not kidnapped at all but she is imagining they are? Maybe I overthought it, but in the end I felt a bit confused.
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While You Slept is a quick-paced, twisty novel by R.J. Parker.  Recently divorced Lily is seemingly on edge from her fractious marriage and is disturbed when she sees a man looking in the window; wearing a mask of her 5 year old daughter's face.  This is definitely creepy and that vibe follows through the rest of the book.  Soon after this disturbance Lily and Maisie wake up in their flat, only to realize they are in a life-size recreation of their home, without any way out.  Who kidnapped them and why?  Will Lily be able to outsmart their captors?  That question is what kept me reading pretty quickly.  The premise is strong and will definitely grab the reader's attention.  I felt the ending was a bit rushed and didn't tie up some loose ends and actually created more.  The book starts out strong with a 4-5 star potential but there were too many questions and implausibilities that are left behind-overall a solid 3.5 stars as I did enjoy the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
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Wicked creepy read. It actually sent chills up my spine reading it. Just the thought of being in this position. It was a fantastic book to read. Well written. Spooky
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I really wanted to be amazed by this book but unfortunately I was let down. This book started off with a great premise, a woman and her daughter go to sleep and wake up to find that they have been moved to an exact copy of their house and are being held prisoner. 
I felt that the main character made some odd decisions in her attempts to escape. I also wanted to be transported to the prison and feel the stress and anxiety that the characters should be feeling but that didn't happen. The story just fell flat and I really couldn't connect with the characters.
The ending was where I really lost interest in this book though. I felt that the ending totally came out of left field and just didn't fit with the story at all. I think that this story would have really benefited from some flashback scenes to help build the ending but was instead told entirely in the present. 
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This psychological thriller was a really good read all the way through. I couldn’t put it down at times. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, with plenty of twists and turns throughout. In my opinion the plot was excellent, the characters were interesting and the style of the writing was perfect that made it an easy read. But the downside for me was towards the ending, I felt like it dragged a little and I was a little confused by the outcome. The first book I have read by this author but I will eye my eye out for more in the future. 
Thank you netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a honest review.
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eARC provided by NetGalley 

We start this story with Lily viewing the live feed of her security camera, revealing a man wearing a mask of her 5-year-old daughter's face, staring directly into it. 

(Okay, this seems promising!)

The next morning, Lily and her daughter wake in a house that is not their house , but looks exactly like it... down to the photocopied pictures in the photo albums on the shelf. How did they get there? Why would someone do this to them? Why now?

(Such an interesting and truly creepy premise!)

The execution of this story unfortunately does not live up to the idea behind it. This would have been better as  short story that left you feeling confused and jumpy... rather than a full novel with a cartoonish villain that reveals the grand plan just before being thwarted! 

I was annoyed by this, but still finished it.
-The writing feels very amateur, 
-I question if this author has ever spent time around a 5 year old, since writing one seemed a challenge,
-Some things were overly described but in a way that I still had no idea how to picture them,
-The villain was very one dimensional and slapdash, as though the author wasn't certain why someone would do what the villain did, so quickly made up a disturbing but still nonsensical back story to cram into word vomit for 3 pages (villain: "bwahahaha i will never revel my master plan! But here it is: _________")

IDK why I finished it. But I did. So, 1.5 stars but I'll round up to 2.
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I am a fan of this authors writing but this book while promising just didn't seem to live up to my expectations.  I think had I read this at a different time it would have been phenomenal just after reading so many amazing books just didn't seem to live up.

I am very pleased to have been selected to read as an arc I was seeing the promise more than  the finished product.
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While I love the mother-who-will-be-tested stories, gentle loving women who kill 20 kidnappers to save herself and her daughter, regular women who  do one-arm car lift cars off their children, this novel didn’t move me as the plot, while intriguing and exciting fell flat at the end despite some good twists and turns during the execution.
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