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While You Were Sleeping

Written by: Kathryn Croft
Narrated by: Julie Maisey
Length: 9 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead. He is not your husband. This is not your bed.

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood. But as her daughter spirals out of control and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara starts to wonder if someone in her own life knows what really happened that night. And when the police turn their questions towards her, Tara realises she has to find out.

But what will it take to uncover the real story, and can she survive the truth? A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

©2016 Kathryn Croft (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the critics say

"A hell of a ride. By the time I reached the nail-biting conclusion I was a nervous wreck, the ending has left me speechless...one of my top reads of 2016. Five stars out of five from me. (I would rate it higher if I could)." ( The Book Review Cafe)

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Disappointing book

I think this falls in the category of "grip lit". The characters are well described and brought to life, but the plot lines of every few pages there's a different suspect/motive leaves the reader not caring. Then the whole reason for what happened is delivered in the last 11 mins. I would not recommend this book to Audible readers.

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Average to below average story and delivery

An adequate story at best. Good enough to finish but meh at best overall. 2.5 out of 5

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Very boring story

If I could give it less than one star I would.
The plot was weak, writing had a lot of unnecessary descriptions and the main character extremely dull.

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Story grows on you, believable, twist ending

At first I thought the ending was terrible, but it was a false ending and I was so relieved. A complex spiderweb of a story is built up and you really want a complex answer! The characters and story are honestly very relatable and believable. We've all known people like the characters in the book. You experience the doubt and worry, the anxiety and fear, and the anger.

Very well paced too!

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  • DD
  • 2018-08-08

Plot twists galore,

Listened to this on a solo road trip. I enjoyed the story although some of the meanderings were a bit off I still enjoyed the book. The narrator was engaging and easy to follow. I really enjoy this author.

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Just wow!

Loved this story. I love how personable the protagonist is and how i feel like im actually in their head. Great twist at the end too.

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Fun listen, implausible at times

Story grabbed my attention at first but lagged near the end - an ok read, but not great.

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leaves you guessing

I truly enjoyed the many twists and lies and never expected the outcome., nor will you.

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A great story line with terrible characters

The story itself was great. Just when I thought I knew who did it, I'd learn something new that pointed to someone else. It had me guessing right to the end. Now let's talk characters. All the characters and relationships were dysfunctional. Liars, cheaters, stalkers, abusers...and that's the friends and family package. Waking up next to a dead body is story enough for me. #Audible1

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Good Story Easy to listen to

The story was easy to follow and the narrator was nice to listen to. We quite enjoyed it. #Audible1

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  • Karen Ross
  • 2017-12-06

Croft does it again! Outstanding British Mystery!

There are many times I prefer British books and this one is one of my favorites. From the beginning and continuing throughout, this exciting story kept me totally engrossed. It takes many twists and turns. I've listened to author Kathryn Croft's The Stranger Within and enjoyed it as well. While You Were Sleeping kept me listening as soon as I could find free time. The story flows effortlessly and kept me wondering whodunnit. Focusing on several particular persons of interest looking guilty, I thought it just can't be. So many suspects in this suspenseful tale kept my interest and this book is so well-written. The finale is a big surprise! I didn't see that coming. After I thought I knew who the culprit was more than a few times, I was wrong. Croft leads us on the trail off finding the murderer with more suspense and wow! Never saw that coming! What an ending! Never a dull moment; it never drags. Narrator Julie Maisey is superb as she reads with perfection, character's voices, without the annoying he/she said as I've heard in other audio books that is so exasperating. We know who is speaking, she is that good. Lesson learned: Always, always listen carefully through the entire audio sample and read the reviews. Both author and narrator are on the top of my favorites list. I've got Croft's Silent Lies in my wish list. There are times I enjoy mysteries from the view of the family rather than the police and this one is a flawless example. Extremely Highly Recommended!

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  • Cooley7
  • 2017-08-12

Another Great Novel

Kathryn Croft delivers yet another gripping psychological thriller with "While You Were Sleeping". I saw several bad reviews but I thought this story was well woven together! Definitely worth a credit!

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  • Shelley
  • 2017-05-14

Long wait to find out who dunnit

This story could've been told in 3 hours rather than 9 long drawn out wasted hours of my life I will never get back. Narration was great story line ok, ending ok, but too long with little meat

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  • Cougar
  • 2017-07-11

suspense

This audiobook lives up to the definition of psychological thriller. From the start, the unexpected becomes the rule. The author causes the reader to believe one suspect did it. No sooner has she made that case then a surprise is revealed. Now you are focused on another. But not so fast. The facts continue to evolve. Great mystery!

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  • Stacy
  • 2017-04-04

A Lot Going On!

90% really good, 10% completely implausible. Good characters and interesting twists and turns with just a couple of twists too many. I rolled my eyes a few times at the end, but I enjoyed it.

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  • Hasbrouck H. McCall
  • 2017-04-09

While you were sleeping

I started this book on Friday and finished it Saturday. It was fantastic! Truly gripping. I really didn't want it to end..

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  • Erin100
  • 2017-07-05

Easy to follow

This book was easy to listen to. Not complicated, over descriptive language. The book flowed nicely.
The story itself was ok. Nothing fantastic but enjoyable. I enjoy a story that sticks to plot instead of endless pages describing scenery. So for me, the writing style made it a win.

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  • Jan
  • 2017-06-16

Intriguing and well written. Recommend

Plot twists were woven into the story very well and you were guessing till the end. Characters were not especially likable so your didn't care who the murderer was. All and all it kept guessing and anxious to hear more

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  • Lisa A. Castlio
  • 2017-07-26

Pretty Good with a hint of annoying

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it. I will say I didn't see it coming (who the murderer was). I hated Mikey, and Leila which I was supposed to but there wasn't enough for me to by into the relationship between the main character and the cop. IT was just all right overall.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think the narrator played a role in my not loving the book, so maybe a different narrator. I think a little more suspense. Also, the writer went on and one about somethings in the main characters head, which was too much at times.

What three words best describe Julie Maisey’s performance?

Okay I guess

Was While You Were Sleeping worth the listening time?

Sure

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  • Maryann
  • 2017-03-29

Unexpectedly Good

The story is told well and there are many twists and turns enough to throw you off the scent.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful