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The Night of the Sleepover

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Exactly the type of psychological thriller I’ve been needing to cure my book hangover. I really enjoyed the plot, the main character, and the back and forth timeline in this book. It kept me guessing the entire time and the ending was a great twist! I was also happy to see a follow up book will be coming! I haven’t read this author before, so I will definitely be looking up some more books from this author.

Check this one out especially if you’re needing a quick read that can pull you out of a reading slump!

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Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for my ARC copy of The Night of the Sleepover. This book started out strong and intrigued me from the beginning, but ended up feeling slow and repetitive at times. Regardless of that, I knew I had to finish and find out what happened the night of the sleepover! The ending I did enjoy and I was surprised by the twists. I am happy I finished the book.

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Thanks to #NetGalley and #Bookouture for the ARC #TheNightOfTheSleepover by #KerryWilkinson. This book took me back to my sleepover days minus the disappearing girls. I loved the story line, the mystery, and the surprising plot twist at the end. I am super excited for the sequel to this book!

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"The facts were simple: four girls had gone to sleep in that house; only one was there the next morning."

The Night of the Sleepover is very captivating right from the start! Leah starts receiving emails saying the documentary about the sleepover needs to stop, but who is sending those emails!? Why did Leah live through the night and what happened to her friends?

The end had a great twist I wasn't expecting! 100% would recommend this book!

Thanks NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC! This was definitely one of the best ARC's I have read thus far!

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An absolutely riveting psychological thriller..!!

Kerry Wilkinson's " The Night of The Sleepover " is an intriguing and addictive thriller that'll keep you on the edge. Captivating and gripping, the story sucks you into the mysterious and interesting plotline from the very first page.

As my first experience with Kerry Wilkinson thriller, the author's writing style and interesting plotline kept me hooked since the beginning itself. The story revolves around Leah, the only survivor of the night of the sleepover when her three friends disappeared. The plot discusses about the hardships Leah encountered for 24 years after the incident, how the town changed and the arrival of a documentary crew lead by the brother of one of the missing girls. The documentary stirs up the emotions, stories and dangerous secrets hidden for decades..!!

Every character is flawlessly crafted with their own secrets, fears and ambitions. Impeccable pace and alternating dual timeline weaved into the plotline seamlessly didn't cause any confusion to the reader. Twists and turns along the story will keep our heart racing and jaw dropping.

And the conclusion will leave you more than shocked. The story delves deeper into the complexities of the human psyche, as well as the damages caused by domestic abuse on people's lives. In conclusion, This is a must read for all the psychological thriller fans out there..!!

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Numerous people…one remains. A popular theme. This talented author has written a cannot put down novel. Intrigue and mystery. Secrets and red herrings. Curl up in a cozy chair, pull the curtains, become lost in this story. What really happened? What is true? That being said, I had some issues with some themes. Thanks Netgalley.

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A seemingly innocent sleepover 4 friends over 20 years ago. A group as close as family but full of sexrets and sibblong rivalry. Only 1 woke up the other 3 vanished and havenever been foubd. With the 20 year anniversary a family member desperate for answers starts a documentary. Leah was tge only one left and she is fighting her iwn demobs from that night but someone knows what gappened. What gappened tgat nifht?
I found this interesting. The chatacter development and scene setting through alternative chapters of now days before sleepover and days after really hooked ne in
There were lots ofvred gerting and tge finsl reveal had me blown away. But desperate for more. So look forward to oart 2.
Thank you netgallery author and publusher hir a 5 star read. I was hooked from page one and sad when it ended. The collection of side characters gave it more depth

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Firstly, as per previous warnings, this publisher is infamous for backstuffing books with bumpf. Advertising and the like. My suggestion is that you, carefully, have a look where the story actually ends before you start. Mine was around the 90% mark... It might save you some angst!

You'd think by now, after reading many, many books by this author, series & standalone, that I'd be better at second guessing... Especially if you also factor in the sheer number of this genre books I devour. But yeah, all the way through this book I had absolutely NO IDEA where we were going. I had inklings about certain characters and their truthfulness / part in the proceedings... but yeah... not a clue. Talk about a jaw dropping moment.
So... twenty years ago, Leah and her three best schoolfriends are at a sleepover. After the usual shenanigans and a bit of bickering, they all settle down to sleep. Some time during the night the host's father returns home. Fast forward to the next morning and Leah wakes up. Alone. Just three empty sleeping bags where once her friends slept.
Fast forward to the present day and the mystery of what happened has never been solved. With the 20th anniversary looming, one of the still missing girl's brother is after making a documentary. Leah has agreed to be interviewed. It can't hurt and may even help. But, soon after this gets going, she starts to get anonymous emails. At first they just ask that she try and pull the plug but soon, after not getting the right response, the emails escalate...
As already mentioned, this book well pulled the wool over my eyes. Although, with hindsight, there were clues I either missed or didn't pay much attention to. So, it wasn't out of left field at all. I just didn't see it all coming. The plotting was tight and, obviously, expertly executed. The flashbacks to the past were well placed, adding colour and backstory to the main story being played out in the present. Starring a cracking cast of characters all doing their jobs well. And with scant waffle or padding, it got on with itself very well.
And the best bit... it's a first. There's a followup. Not sure if it's the start of a series, a trilogy, or will just have the one sequel. But that's exciting enough and it's a book I am very much looking forward to reading.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

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The story went back and forth in several time frames. You had to be aware of which time the story was being related because to Leah, twenty five years ago seemed like yesterday. Every year towards the anniversary of the girl’s disappearance conspiracy theories abound. Leah has never been exempt from them and most people are skeptical how one could sleep through an abduction of three teenage girls, sleeping next to you.

Things are never what they seem and though parents have resigned themselves to the disappearances, several siblings have not. Bringing out a documentary to bring some kind of closure to one, whilst hopefully winning an award from the film, may sound callous,but someone also does not want old stories and histories dug up. The survivor Leah is pivotal to the whole story and it slowly but surely gets tenser and tighter towards the end.

A mystery murder well told.

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There's four of them when they go to sleep, but only one remains.
It started just like any other sleepover: Leah and her three best friends got in their pajamas, ate pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up way past their bedtime. When Leah woke, her friends were nowhere to be found. It's been twenty years, and a documentary is being made about that night. Rumors have resurfaced, and people are convinced Leah knows what really happened that night. Then, she receives an anonymous email telling her to stop them. Someone knows what happened that night and will do whatever it takes to stop the truth from coming out. Is Leah in danger? Will her friends be found? Or will this story stay unsolved forever?
I really enjoyed this story! There were some parts that moved a little slow, but it kept my interest. I was able to guess very little and was shocked by the truth of that night. The narrator, Olivia Darnley, did a great job narrating the story. I look forward to reading the sequel and other works of Kerry Wilkinson!
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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4 girls at a sleepover, 3 disappear.

25 years later, Leah's friends are still missing, gone without a trace. But a documentary team reawaken old memories and slowly the clues start to come together. But what really happened that night?

This was a busy book. A lot happened in a very short amount of time. The timeline goes back and forth between the present day and the time surrounding the sleepover.

The storyline had plenty of suspense and a lot of twists and reveals. It was a fun read which kept me guessing right up until the end.

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Gripping, shocking, and hard to put down, Kerry Wilkinson had done it again! Another thrilling book which I devoured! Sleepovers were so much fun and many of us have been to them or hosted them in our homes in our youth. Sleepovers are a great way to get together with friends, have fun, bond, stay up late (or all night), watch movies, and tell scary stories. But for Leah, a sleepover with her friends changed her life forever.

Leah and three of her friends were having a slumber party. They were snuggled in for the night in their pajamas and sleeping bags after a night of fun! The next morning when Leah woke up, she was alone, and her friends were gone!

Questions swirled about what happened to the girls and how could Leah not know that they were missing. Didn't she hear anything? What does she know? Twenty years have passed and now a documentary is being made about the disappearance. Will the truth finally come out? Who sent Leah the message saying, "stop them"?

What happened the night of the sleepover? I wanted to know! I found myself flipping through the pages, my interest and curiosity piqued, wanting answers, and trying to solve the mystery! I had both the book and audiobook which made for a completely enjoyable reading experience.

I found this book to be well written, well thought out, and shocking. I enjoyed the many twists and turns! Plus, The Night of the Sleepover is the first book with the second book, After the Sleepover coming out in December! I can't wait!

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Firstly I love Kerry Wilkinsons books. Every book I have read I have loved and The Night of the Sleepover is no exception. It had me hooked from the description alone and once I started it I just could not stop reading and it kept me up well past my bedtime! It kept me guessing and I loved everything about it. I can't wait for the sequel!

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC.

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I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to more from this author

~This book was given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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The Night of the Sleepover is definitely a β€˜what if this happened to you’ psychological thriller. Kerry Wilkinson plays on the horror of having a lifelong mystery hanging over your head and does so cleverly. I really enjoyed this story and it kept me guessing throughout. 5 stars!

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Book Title: The Night of the Sleepover
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Series: Sleepover #1
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Pub Date: October 23, 2023
My Rating: 3.4 Stars
Pages 287


Four girls close their eyes. Only one wakes up.

December 1999 when Leah was fifteen she, Jazz and Harriet all best friends are invites to Vicky’s for a slumber party. They eat pizza in their PJs, Vicky finds some vodka, and they get a bit tipsy and have a major discussion on what VHS to watch- It seems β€œTitanic” won. . They laugh most of the night. (Vodka can help with that!)
The birds wake Leah the next morning- she blinks and realizes she is the only one in the room. ~ Her friends have disappeared.

Now on the twentieth anniversary, the brother of one of the missing girls is doing a documentary.
Additionally Leah is getting strange text messages. ~ How could she have slept through it all?
She is clueless as to who is sending these messages.

Story alternates several storylines ~ present day ~ days before the sleepover~ during the sleepover and of course after the sleepover.

Story had me curious and Yes! ~ there is a twist at the end (which I always love!)
Hmmm - It seems I now need to put the sequel on my TBR list!

I have read other Kerry Wilkinson stories that I just love.
I didn’t love this story, however, I know this is first in a series and sometimes I have to let a series grow!
If you haven’t read his other stories there are short teasers at the end of this book.
One of my favs was- β€œThe Party at Number 12”!

Want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for granting me this early eGalley.
Publishing Release Date scheduled for October 23, 2023.

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Something all girls have done, a sleepover with friends. Unlike most sleepovers, you don't wake up with missing friends. Leah has. She slept through her friends going missing and some people don't believe that's true. A documentary is being made to look into what could have happened that night. Not everyone is happy that is going to be made.

Great storytelling and a fun mystery. I wish it wasn't a series but other than that, I really enjoyed the story. Good characters and an okay 'ending'.

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This is another breathtaking thriller by Kerry Wilkinson. The story just drew me in from the first page and I was lost. There would be no putting this book down before the very last line. The idea that 3 teenage girls could disappear without a trace and more than 20 years later could still be missing was so intriguing. And this author excels at taking you back in time so well you honestly feel as if you were a witness. When I finally found out what had actually happened I was stunned especially when I came to the last shocking twist. Another 5 star read.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book

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A well written book with good length chapters which flow well despite the moving between past events and the present type format.
The book sets the background of the main character well but is a slow burn until the last few chapters and I struggled to keep my interest because of this.

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A sleepover with friends. We’ve all been there, but my experience always was, if there was more than just me and one other friend there, things might get nasty, and I might be the odd man out. This book starts with a girl waking up at her friend’s house after sleeping the night - and her three friends are missing. Now twenty five years later, there has never been enough time and resources to do anything, but don’t worry, the sibling of one of the girls is here to make a documentary about it and hopefully drive some people out of hiding what’s they know.
It was very cathartic for me that the ended the way it did, but it was also very unpredictable! I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the sequel!

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