I have just finished reading “The Sleeper” by  Emily Barr.

“The Sleeper” by Emily Barr (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Iris’s world is rocked when her friend Lara disappears while travelling on the sleeper train between Cornwall and London. The police investigation reveals that married Lara, a regular commuter on the night train, was secretly having an affair with another married commuter. Although they have yet to find Lara’s body, the police suspect she was killed by her lover and dumped from the train as it sped through the countryside. Iris is unconvinced and starts to delve into what really happened to her friend. She soon discovers that Lara has been running away from a secret past and from someone who wants to do her harm. Iris’s search takes her to the Far East where Lara travelled as a young woman. Here, Iris unveils the shocking truth and also finds herself in terrible danger…”

Wow! This is a truly brilliant book! It is gripping and tense all the way through to the end! I love a good thriller and this has so much mystery in it.

Lara seems so normal but has dark secrets in her past which she’s buried and put behind her, but she still feels like she’s being watched. Her normal life in Cornwall with her husband seems perfect, apart from the lack of children, and the fact that she is bored by her life. She is clearly pretending to be someone different from the person inside but her husband has no idea what she’s thinking and believes she is happy. When she gets offered a job in London, it’s no surprise that she accepts it immediately and starts commuting by sleeper train and staying with her prickly younger sister who she doesn’t get on with. After an affair with a fellow train passenger ends in death, she disappears.

Her new friend Iris is unhappy with the handling of Lara’s disappearance, and takes matters into her own hands. She meets Lara’s family and tries to piece together the clues about Lara’s past. Soon it transpires that Lara is in serious danger and Iris soon discovers that she too is in danger by digging into the past.

I won’t ruin the ending for you, but i had no idea who was behind the danger and was surprised! You just really have to read this book and find out for yourself!

I love how the book goes from being all safe and easy in the beginning, and then delving into the murkier and more dangerous parts of life and the world. The relationships between people change rather drastically in some cases, and Lara’s disappearance brings about a lot of tension in their relationships. Some characters redeem themselves a bit, whereas others seem to get a lot worse. There are some horrible moments in this books but they’re all part of the thrill!

I give this book 10/10 because it is just brilliant! If you liked S.J. Watson’s “Before I Go To Sleep”, you will love this novel!

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