by Matthew Blake
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Pub Date 01 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2024
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, HarperCollins
*The instant global phenomenon – The international #1 bestseller – The thriller that will wake up the nation*
**SELECTED AS THE TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH**
'Reads like a dream but unsettles like a nightmare' A J FINN
‘A propulsive and inventive read’ OBSERVER
'Superb . . . an ingenious whodunnit' THE TIMES
'Utterly addictive' LUCY CLARKE
‘Certain to be one of the year's best thrillers’ LEE CHILD
'Will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime' NITA PROSE
'Remarkable . . . it deserves to be a breakout bestseller’ DAILY MAIL
'The twist is one of the best I’ve read' DAVID BALDACCI
ANNA O HASN’T OPENED HER EYES FOR FOUR YEARS
Not since the night she was found in a deep sleep by the bodies of her best friends, suspected of a chilling double murder.
For Doctor Benedict Prince, a forensic psychologist on London’s Harley Street, waking Anna O could be career-defining. As an expert in sleep, he knows all about the darkest chambers of the mind; the secrets that lie buried in the subconscious.
As he begins Anna O’s treatment – studying his patient’s dreams, combing her memories, visiting the site where the horrors played out – he pulls on the thread of a much deeper, darker mystery.
Awakening Anna O isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning.
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Anna O by Matthew Blake says you can kill someone while you sleep. The mystery is how do you get away with it? The story's narrator is Dr. Benedict Prince, who is in the first person POV in this story.
Anna wakes up of course, but not without sacrifices. A simple story of proving someone's innocence turns out to be anything but that. As the story unwinds, so does the realization that this is story within a story.
The ending is mind-blowing, and I don't use the word often. If you think Gone Girl was good, Matthew Blake ups the ante and delivers something else entirely. While curiousity about resignation syndrome is attractive, I waded through the more boring parts to get to the juicy end.
It is does not disappoint, this is a rollercoaster ride and please hang on. Do not close your eyes in case you don't wake up when it ends.
Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this book ahead of the release date.
Anna O is an outstanding and compelling book, Matthew Blake feels like he has put his soul intothis piece of fiction. The research, the storyline, is just fantastic.
Anna O, if you google her, is a story of Bertha Pappenheim, who whilst this story is not about her the hysteria and the work of Freud is discussed throughout the book.
Matthew Blake's Anna O fell into a deep sleep after committing a hideous crime 4 years previously. Dr Benjamin Prince, a sleep specialist, is brought in by the Department of Justice to wake her up. By waking her, if it is at all possible to wake the ironically name 'Sleeping Beauty' he is subjecting her to stand trial, but whilst studying her and learning more about Anna, he's also not sure if she is guilty.
This book covers in detail sleep studies, particularly around crime and those who wake after many years in a coma.
And just when you think you have the answers, the story continues to further delve into the characters' lives and the after-effects of Dr. Princes studies into Anna O.
Studying the minds of killers has consequences.
The final pages floored me, I pride myself through process of elimination on being able to work out who the culprit is in murder mysteries, usually, but Matthew Blake gives us no clues as to the astonishing (not even sure thats the right word to describe it) outcome, or maybe there where clues and I just missed them
A psychological thriller that chills you to the bone. Brilliantly written story that is impossible to put down. Anna O has been asleep for four years, suffering from Resignation Syndrome, after murdering two of her close friends. Explosive twists and turns that lead to a sensational finale. Highly recommended and well worthy of five stars.