Book Review: While You Sleep – Stephanie Merritt ****

There is something about a ghost story that makes it perfect winter – and indeed Christmas – reading!

Zoe Adams arrives on a remote Scottish island. Ostensibly to paint the beautiful rugged landscape but it is also an escape from a failing marriage back home in America. Renting the McBride house on her own sounds like the perfect solution. Time to think. To paint. To make decisions.

Her host is keen to keep her away from the locals and their tales of bygone ghosts and superstitions. Although the house has been fully renovated and modernised it is remote and they have concerns that it might be too much for a woman on her own.

Weary from jetlag and a long journey Zoe is desperate for sleep and a chance to relax. As soon as she relaxes and allows herself to sleep Zoe finds herself experiencing bizarre dreams that involve her sleepwalking around the house and feeling as though she has been physically assaulted.

Desperate to learn the truth about the McBride house she enlists the help of Edward, the local school teacher, and Charles, a local historian and bookseller. With their help she starts to piece together the true story of the island and the woman whose spirit still seems to linger.

While You Sleep is one of those books that you won’t want to put down until the very last page. A spooky supernaturally themed thriller with an unexpected twist.

Supplied by Net Galley and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Mar 8 2018. 400 pages.

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