Sleep No More, by Susan Crandall
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Author Susan Crandall lived in Chicago and worked as a dental hygienist before pursuing her writing career. This title, Sleep No More, follows other titles: Pitch Black, Seeing Red, A Kiss in Winter, On Blue Falls Pond, Promises to Keep, Magnolia Sky, The Road Home, and Back Roads. She resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.
As a young girl, Abby Whitman walked in her sleep, and one horrible night long ago, she started a fire that left her sister scarred and the family house in rubbles. Carrying this guilt throughout her life, she’s vowed to never hurt anyone again, so she spends her life mostly alone. Except now she is sleepwalking again, and she may have been the one to have killed the prominent senator’s son in a car accident while asleep. Even though the evidence seems to point away from her being the guilty party, Abby has doubts. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Coble offers his help any way he can--- As a friend. He finds himself drawn to Abby, not only romantically, but with the need to help her find peace. Soon, secrets begin to emerge in their small Southern town that threaten to shake the very foundation to each of their pasts. And someone is willing to do anything to keep those secrets from coming out.
Susan Crandall has a deft way of understanding the very thing that makes us human. Whether it be our flaws, our loves, or just the way we view the world, you won’t be closing one of her books thinking how unrealistic it was. Pulling out every insecurity, she takes you on a journey of heartbreak, love, and friendship, and leaves you with a greater appreciation for life. The hero and heroine were relatable, and the romance between them believable. The secondary characters added nicely to the story, and readers are able to get inside their heads from time to time. This book not only showed the fears surrounding sleepwalking, but Alzheimer’s and phobias as well. The plot flowed smoothly, without any dead spots. In fact, Susan is so good at pacing a story that you won’t know when to take a break and put it down. The setting was great, placing this book in a small Southern town, and was illustrated beautifully.
A highly recommended read from a superb author!
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