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Note: Previously published as ‘When the Bough Breaks.’ This is a new extended version. Two childhoods destroyed. One story they will never tell. Until now. Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara. When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secrNote: Previously published as ‘When the Bough Breaks.’ This is a new extended version. Two childhoods destroyed. One story they will never tell. Until now. Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara. When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secret is not just hers alone…she shares it with Sara. Under the shadow of a remote headland, the sisters make an oath they promise never to break. Eva’s birth is a mystery that remains unsolved. Years later with her marriage in ruins, and her future uncertain, she realizes that to move forward with her life, she must first understand her past. But while Eva is drawing closer to the truth about her roots, Beth and Sara’s lives are falling apart, crushed under the weight of the secret they carry. They must confront the past and face the darkness once more. But this time, their story will be heard. From the bestselling author of The Betrayal, Stolen Child and Fragile Lies, comes a breathtakingly tense and emotional story of the fierce bond between sisters, and a family destroyed by a disturbing secret....

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sleep sister Reviews

  • Deanna
    2019-05-21 08:48

    Sleep Sister is the first book that I've read by Laura Elliot. I came across it on NetGalley and thought it sounded really interesting. This book felt really really long. But I haven't seen this mentioned in other reviews. On NetGalley it did indicate that it is an extended version of a book written previously by the author called "When the Bough Breaks" published in 2002 under the pseudo-name June Considine.On Goodreads it says the Kindle version of "Sleep Sister" is 343 pages. My Kindle wouldn't show the page numbers for this book. I am wondering if I was sent an extended extended version. Honestly feels like it was at least 600 pages, if not more.The reason I'm on about the length is because I think it really affected how I felt about the book. It had a very intriguing story-line and some very good characters. However, there was just so much going on and so many characters that I couldn't keep up. Time was bouncing back and forth and I really started to feel like it was never-ending. But I was determined to see how everything turned out. "Everyone's story has a beginning. An instant when the earth movies. When ovum and sperm collide, collude, create. Biological facts are difficult to dispute. But afterwards, after the downward swim into light, what then?"I was definitely pulled into the story right from the start. The early years of sisters Beth and Sarah Tyrell. Life is much harder for Beth than her sister when it comes to their mother. Their mother, Marjory seems to almost hate Beth but dotes on Sarah. Beth gets blamed for everything and is frequently spanked by her mother who used a bamboo cane named "Charlie". Their father does nothing to help, occasionally throwing out a useless comment such as "she's only a child" as he walks away. "Charlie hurt more than her mother's hand so Beth did not make a sound when the monster sighed and growled and crept to the wall, watching her, ready to carry her away if she fell asleep". Beth tries to tell her mother about the monster but her mother just says there's no such thing as monsters. She threatens to get "Charlie", if Beth spouts any more nonsense about a monster. When Beth is a teenager she decides she has to leave, she has finally had enough and runs away. She leaves everything behind, the monster that stole her childhood and innocence, her abusive mother, and the sister that seems to have the perfect life. But no matter where she goes and what happens, as the years go by so much is left unfinished. Beth realizes she can't outrun the secrets that threaten to destroy her. When she returns home for a visit with her sister even more secrets come to light. One heartbreaking night binds the sisters together forever. A devastating heartache, bound not just by blood but by tragedy. The sisters make an oath to never speak of it again. Can someone ever move on unless they confront the darkness of their past?I'm not sure that I would classify this as a psychological thriller, it felt more like of a domestic fiction. There was definitely suspense but also loads of of family drama, relationships, etc...This book has some very difficult subject matter. Child abuse in any form is never easy to read about and this book has some especially difficult moments. But I can appreciate the fact that the author didn't go into a lot of detail in regards to certain issues. It was upsetting as it's meant to be but I didn't feel that the author overdid it. Following the lives of the two sisters, Beth and Sarah. Spanning over many years, from early childhood to adulthood. There are also many other characters, some more memorable than others. A disturbing secret and a compelling story. Heartache, secrets, scandals, love, betrayal, anger, power, innocence, and revenge. The last part of the book pushed my rating up. It was a good book in many ways. In my opinion it really was the length. With so many characters and so much going on, it was confusing and kept this from being a truly excellent read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jules
    2019-06-01 07:06

    Having really enjoyed The Betrayal, by the same author, I was intrigued by this book. I love the cover, and thought the blurb sounded interesting.I was a little unsure how I’d get on with reading about child abuse. I’ve read some pretty heavy books over the years, but this particular subject is one I would tend to avoid. However, on this occasion I decided to give it a go. Although I read this book to the very end, it definitely wasn’t for me. There were some interesting characters, but I did feel there were too many characters for me to keep track of. The plot was interesting, but didn’t progress in a way I would have hoped. The book also seemed much longer than I was expecting. I’m not sure if it is particularly long or whether it just felt like it was. This story is dark, heavy and somewhat depressing. I kept wishing there was more revenge and justice, but the focus was much more on the dismal lives of those deeply affected by abuse, and the impact that had on those around them. Perhaps that was the intention. It is more realistic that way, rather than some sort of false escapism that I hoped would be injected into the book. I suppose there is no escaping certain things in life, and abuse is one of them.Just writing this review, and remembering details of the book is making me feel more depressed. It feels like this book weighed too heavily on my heart. I’m sure many authors spend a lifetime trying to achieve that intensity of emotion in their readers, so that is a job well done.If you enjoy slow burning family sagas and don’t mind them being quite dark and depressing, then I would recommend this book. I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-26 02:11

    I do love Irish fiction, especially the way the stories just seem to flow in a way that others don’t quite manage with characters and communities that instantly make you envious. They make me want to BE Irish and live in one of those small villages and towns, drinking in the local bar and listening to the village gossip. This read is a perfect example but one with a difference. It reads very much like a family saga spanning 40 years but has one heck of a dark side to it. Two sisters, Beth and Sara, share a dreadful secret which will follow them through the years in this story of family, love, justice and revenge. It is a dark, dark secret, which I am not even going to hint at here so as not to spoil the read for anyone else. It is a complex read with several layers to the story and quite a large number of characters. You cannot help but like those you are supposed to like and at the same time, really hate the ones you are supposed to hate. And, I just got drawn into their world and hated time that took me away from them.The only real downside for me was the fact that with so many characters, towards the end I did have a few problems trying to remember which characters knew exactly what. However, on the whole, I have to say this is a really good, intriguing read that is well worth a try. I received a review copy from the publishers via Netgalley.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-23 07:14

    Two sisters Beth and Sara share a secret. One that must never be spoken.Spanned over 40 Years this is story of a tainted childhood for these sisters and one that will never be the same again.26 years later.....Eva wants answers, her marriage in crisis and unable to move forward. But after talking to her grandmother she decides to to go to a town outside Dublin to find these answers.My thoughts.....This is the second book by Laura Elliot I've read but this one is so different. Where the last was a thriller this appears more women's fiction. The first part was moving and engaging. The writing was very good, although the subject was upsetting it was in no way graphic...... but you could still feel the pain and distress through the writing and it did bring a tear. The middle part sort of lost me a bit, lots of characters but I didn't really feel connected to them in a way I thought I should of been. Also with Beth and Sara, although Beth did come over better. But I'm so glad I continued because the last part was engrossing and I had a totally different perspective to this story.It then brought the whole book together and I really ended up enjoying it.**ARC provided by Netgalley via Bookouture in return for an honest review***

  • Carrie
    2019-06-09 04:51

    DNF @ 41%Unfortunately Sleep Sister just wasn't for me. The story starts off with Beth as a child with a horrific thing happening to her but quickly jumps ahead a few years to her father leaving then again when she's old enough to leave home. After four more years Beth returns and finds she shares her secret with her younger sister that she had left behind. But instead of the story sticking there for any length it jumps yet again another twenty six years I believe it was. So in the matter of the first third of the book we had jumped a good forty or more years. With so many characters and situations thrown in my head was spinning and I almost felt I needed to start taking notes. Now, not only had the story jumped so far so quickly without spending much time on any details or character building but once we got so far ahead it starts to add in flashbacks along with what is happening in the current. With the dark subject matter at hand with this book I really wanted to care about these characters but I just didn't with so much jumping around. There were a lot of secondary characters I really didn't know at all but the main characters really didn't stand out much better while trying to keep up with where, when and with who everything was taking place.Overall, just not one that I enjoyed, after several days of putting it to the side I decided not to finish, I'm sure others will enjoy it but was just not a fan of the execution of the story. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Carlene Inspired
    2019-06-08 01:52

    ARC provided via Netgalley.Beth and Sara are as different as day and night; one with dark hair and one with blonde, one is loved by her mother while the other is not, but both their childhoods are ruined by the same monster. With years of secrets behind them, Beth and Sara's childhood continues to haunt them, and those around them, for their entire lives. Their spouses, their friends, and their children feel the ripple effects of the past in their daily lives, with words unspoken and harsh secrets leaving a dark shadow over them. As the secrets start to reveal themselves, Beth must learn to cope with the secret she and Beth shared, and the revenge she wants to see through.I was sucked into the story of unhappy Beth and spoiled Sara right away, desperate to see how two sisters were wound together with one secret when their lives seemed so different. As I continued to read I found myself wrapped in the dark cloak that Beth had wrapped around her, her life taking a different path as she ran from the monster both physically and in her head. I wanted so desperately to see these two sisters lives play out differently, but like the childhood abuse, their adult lives carried that same heavy weight. In Parts 2 through 4 we meet more characters, affected by the tragedy of the sister's youth though they don't know of it. I really like seeing how a moment in two young girl's lives played into the future, I think it takes a lot for an author to really carry such a hard thing, such as childhood abuse, through an entire book and Laura Elliot does so well. There are several layers to the story and it was easy to feel as though I was twisted up in it just as much as the characters were.Unfortunately, while the words were beautiful and the story line was intriguing, Sleep Sister just felt never ending. With several POV's, flashbacks, and four total parts, I lost track of the characters and my feelings for them as I ultimately ended up reading just to finally get to the end. At one point I lost track of the several open plots that twisted together, realizing as I finished the book that some were left incomplete. While the subject was sad one, my complaint lies more with how the book flowed and worked through the characters emotions than with the heavy subject. I tend to love a good family drama, but this one just wasn't for me.Sleep Sister is heavy, a realistic look at the drama and angst that can tear a family apart and leave rippling effects for years to come. Everything you could want in a dramatic suspenseful read is in this book and I think it just didn't work on a personal level for me.

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-06-10 08:02

    I have loved all of Laura Elliott's wonderful, emotional books and this is no exception. Beautifully written, sad and yet hopeful, this is another triumph. I especially loved Beth and was rooting for her all the way. Liked Stewart and Marina too and also Connie. A brilliantly written, poignant tale that handles a very sensitive topic so delicately. This is a page turner of a book that made me think and cry and hurt and, ultimately, cheer. I can't wait for the next book from this incredible author.

  • Tracy Shephard
    2019-06-03 09:13

    The first thing I liked about this read was the writing style.Life is tough for Beth, her uncle is a nasty character but if it wasn't for him Beths family wouldn't have a certain standard of living. This seemed to be the only thing that interested her mother... well that and 'Charlie' the bamboo stick which she used on Beth for any reason.When Beth is old enough she takes off to live life as she chooses.A secret that lies dormant and connects the sisters is something that Elliot has written about with sensitivity, saying that..having been abused as a child myself it did cause a trigger and I found some parts hard to read.This story does jump about a bit and is heavy on characters, but it is a good read. It is intriguing and is an emotional family drama.

  • Alexina Golding
    2019-06-10 08:52

    A tale that spans over 40 years, with child abuse (but not graphically described) still you feel the devestation it brings.Having the story in parts helped, there are quite a lot of characters to keep track of.I thought the setting of where they lived was as creepy and eerie in a way than the characters and helped bring the book to life.I'd class this more of a family saga book than a psychological thriller and reminde me in parts of Catherine Cooksons work.Thanks to netgalley for an arc, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2019-06-06 08:16

    Sleep Sister by Laura Elliot is an absorbing, compelling family saga spanning many years and weaved around the lives of two sisters, Beth and Sara, and their families. This book is a new, extended version of 'When the Bough Breaks', a novel the author wrote a few years ago. It is a tale of heartache, secrets, scandals, love, passion and betrayals.Everything starts with a monster hiding in a wardrobe...A monster that one day forces Beth to flee from her family home and town and go to live with her father, his new partner and her children. After some years when Beth returns home, she discovers that her younger sister Sara has also been tormented by this same monster. And on one dramatic, unforgettable night terrible secrets are exposed, vows made and decisions taken. Decisions that will change the sisters' lives forever."The past was always present."The story fast forwards twenty-six years and we meet Eva, a beautiful young woman with a mysterious past, who's happy life is suddenly shattered by tragedy. When everything seems lost, a man enters her life... a man through whom she will find answers to questions she could never have answered. "Sometimes silence is more important than honesty."Well I enjoyed reading this book. The story kept me interested, and although there are no mind-blowing twists or WOW moments, it is a very well-written, captivating and at times very emotive tale. The author knows how to use the right words to draw the reader wholly in the scene or drama taking place. There were times when I even felt my eyes getting moist. The characters are all well portrayed and feel like people I've known for ages. We find many strong-willed women in this book. I especially loved Beth, this woman with her undying determination not to ever bow down and to seek justice. I found myself hating and wanting to slap Marjory hard across the face every time she opened her mouth. And obviously I wished I could kill the monster with my own hands.This is a book about people held captive by their pasts. In the last few days I was held captive by this book! Once I started it, I couldn't stop. I even read in coffee breaks at work as I couldn't wait till the evening to find out what will happen next, and how things will end up by the end. Heartache, secrets, scandals, pain, anguish, ​births, deaths, betrayals, love, burning passion, hate, anger​. If you want to read a rich tale encompassing all these, you have to read this book.With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read this book through Netgalley.

  • Sheryl
    2019-06-15 04:12

    OyYoyYoy!Good grief, people. This book is one bit of crazy after the next. I really wanted to look away, but just couldn't put it down! This is the first book by Laura Elliot that I have read and am excited to look into her other novels. Hopefully they are just as juicy!These two sisters will never be the same after their horrific ordeal all of those years ago. Beth and Sara have never been too terribly close. In my opinion, even as children, they never seemed particularly fond of each other. Beth, the older of the two children, is harboring a very dark secret. One night, now a teenager, she decides that she has had about all she could stand (of this secret) and runs away from home. She flees to find her biological father, whom she always shared a very close bond. Their father left the girls and his wife for another woman several years prior. Sara, feeling betrayed by her sister and "left behind" at home with her temperamental mother, cuts off ties with Beth. She gives her big sis the ole cold shoulder treatment. Beth, making a life for herself, far away from the nightmare she left behind, is doing well. Sara, not so much. When Beth returns to visit Sara, who is now around 14 years old, I believe... she discovers that her worst nightmares are now the horrific details of her little sister's life. Beth is riddled with guilt for leaving her to fend for herself. One quiet, dark night, the girls share the most haunting experience that either one can handle. They decide, right there on the spot, to make a pact and never speak of it again.That is just the gist of it, folks. There are so many layers upon layers in this dark and complicated book.They grow up into adults and that is when the pages really start to turning! From Irish step dancing to pervy pedophiliac uncles, crazy alcoholic parents to narcissistic boyfriends, crooked politicians, and the Anaskeagh Mafia....would just be naming a few star attractions. This all takes place in Ireland, it was great fun to read this in a wee bit of an Irish accent. Whale, Oil, Beef, Hooked - say it fast! DOH! ;)The actual secret isn't all that difficult to figure out early on and I will be honest; it perturbed me a little bit. I learned real fast that the dark secret wasn't what was so compelling. It is all of the nitty gritty dirt in the aftermath that makes Sleep Sister absolutely Jay-youuu-Ceee!!I kinda felt like I needed a shower when I finished. ;)

  • Marcee Feddersen
    2019-06-01 03:49 They Say....Two childhoods destroyed. One story they will never tell. Until now. Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara. When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secret is not just hers alone…she shares it with Sara. Under the shadow of a remote headland, the sisters make an oath they promise never to break. Eva’s birth is a mystery that remains unsolved. Years later with her marriage in ruins, and her future uncertain, she realizes that to move forward with her life, she must first understand her past. But while Eva is drawing closer to the truth about her roots, Beth and Sara’s lives are falling apart, crushed under the weight of the secret they carry. They must confront the past and face the darkness once more. But this time, their story will be heard. What I Say.....It's no secret that Laura Elliot is one of my favorite authors. I love her stories of dysfunctional families and their relationships with each other and the world around them.Having sang all of her praises, this was not my favorite Laura Elliot offering. It was a good storyline and the characters were all relatable. I really felt for Beth. I wanted to slap her mother. I wanted to murder her uncle. But I never felt like I really knew or understood Sara. So her childhood, her marriage, her missing daughter and her suicide felt more like something that I was being told about than something that was happening. I keep re-reading that sentence and I feel like it doesn't make sense, but hopefully a reader will get what I'm saying.It was a good book, and definitely worth reading. I finished it in two day, but I just would have told the story in a different order. And that's a super horrible thing for me to say because I'm not an author and probably could never write a book.But you should definitely read Laura Elliot. Read everything she's written - she really is one of my favorites.

  • Ria
    2019-06-15 10:11

    The sisters, Beth and Sara's are the victims of a horrendous childhood. Throughout the life, they carry a parcel of those horrifying memories, not able to forget or share with anyone since it was their secret. The story fast-forwards to their present days, where Sara has taken her own life, leaving Beth behind to fight the battle alone. Though grief-stricken, Beth tries to move on with her life. But when she senses the danger coming back to her world, she is determined to bring it down anyhow.Well, that's just an outline of this book. Just an outline, nothing more. It's a very long story to describe, and there are a handful of characters to be introduced. I couldn't keep a track of them all and cared only for the main characters. Elliot's SLEEP SISTER is a harrowing story about child abuse and of their attempt to survive. Described in four parts, it's a chronicle of Sara and Beth's life; of pain, fear, secrets, desires, dreams and fate. Layered with details and history, the story takes readers through a span four generations. Rather disturbing at the beginning, but slowly it starts to grow on you and urges to keep on reading. However, I didn't like it much; it was too heavy for me to read on, so wanted it to be over soon. I skimmed through the pages in the hope of finishing it soon and was so relieved when it came to an end. Rating: 2.5/5Read it only if you're keen on reading every psychological thriller you come across.

  • Janet
    2019-06-14 04:00

    With thanks to Net Galley for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest review.I enjoyed this book though did find the subject matter rather uncomfortable. Child abuse of any kind is hard to read about but in this case was hinted at rather than described. The story follows two sisters Beth and Sara, from their early lives with their parents in Anaskeagh to adulthood.The lives that changed because of what happened to them and the families who lied, would the truth ever come out?

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-05-19 03:00

    Sleep sister by laura elliot.Beth ran away from home when she was a teenager. She left a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left her sister Sara behind. What is their secret? Can they both confront the past? A very good read. Gets a bit slow in places but I still enjoyed this book. 4*.

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-05-25 05:05

    Sleep sister by laura elliot. Beth ran away from home when she was a teenager. She left a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left her sister Sara behind. What is their secret? Can they both confront the past? A very good read. Gets a bit slow in places but I still enjoyed this book. 4*.

  • Amy
    2019-05-24 07:12

    I love the way Laura Elliot tells a story. She keeps you guessing - always guessing - how all of the threads will tie together. How does this relate to that? What does he have to do with her? What does this mean? What does that foreshadow?It makes for a fun experience as a reader.In Sleep Sister, Elliot seems to keep adding string after string, so many that you wonder if all of them can be tied together effectively. One thing you should know: trust her. She will show you why these strings are necessary.When Beth left her mother, sister, and hometown to move in with her father and his lady friend, she did not cut ties as decisively as you would expect. For all of her mother's disgust with this choice, Beth's roots are too deep for her to completely revoke her hometown.Beth's reasons for leaving will chill you. So brutal they are that I wondered if I could keep reading a book that would be this sad. Again, you have to trust Laura Elliot because she does nothing gratuitous with her writing. Beth flees to her father, a man who abandoned his family and, it must be said, does not react with much joy at the arrival of his daughter. But Beth creates a new family for herself, even if she can never forget or let go of the horrors that drove her to her father.When she is forced to return home, she discovers that in leaving her sister Sara, she also left a void that Sara filled. Again, this will chill you.Meanwhile, Elliot tells the story of Eva, a woman whose origins are a mystery to her (if not to you). Eva wants to understand herself, and, in doing so, uncovers truths that many had hoped would remain buried.Several men also populate the story, each commanding a different aspect of the mystery. Or should I say "mysteries," because there is more than one. The most dramatic concerns Sara, but there is a smaller, less ostentatious mystery surrounding Beth and Eva's husband.I can't say too much because I'll risk ruining the surprises and twists. What I will say is that I enjoyed this book so much. Laura Elliot has a way of depositing you in the middle of her storytelling and making you feel as if you are right there with her characters, struggling along with them. She holds up her characters' flaws, forcing you to confront how your feelings shift and change as you get to know these people better.This isn't a book you can read with one eye on the telly. It demands all of your attention, but believe me, it's worth it. Elliot makes you think about how much you can leave behind, whether it's a hometown or a secret past. Can you force yourself to forget? Are scars, no matter how healed on the surface, ever present, ever able to reopen? How much does this impact who you are and who you become?Can you outrace your past?I'd love to know what you think, so please come on back and let me know your thoughts after you finish this book. I fully expect that you will join me in my adoration of Laura Elliot.Published on [email protected]

  • Janice
    2019-05-21 08:50

    Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.I’ve enjoyed Laura Elliot’s previous books, but somehow this one seemed to fall a bit short. I kept thinking that I could see where she was going with it, and what she was aiming to achieve, but then it just didn’t deliver what I was expecting. It’s a pity because all the ingredients are there for a really powerful story: characters you can identify with, a villain who you want to see brought to justice, heartaches and triumphs, and weaving it all together, the author’s skilful writing that is still very much in evidence, even though she doesn’t wrap it all up with the punch I very much wanted to see!Beth McKeever is worn down by the cards that life has dealt her. A difficult childhood (I never really understood the favouritism her mother had for her sister over her), despite always trying to do the right thing, which extends into adulthood. Beth never seems to catch a break and never manages to attain real happiness despite marriage and 4 children. Her mother Marjory remains a misery throughout, determined to thrive on bitterness and refusing to see what’s right under her nose. Her brother Albert is her shining light, always there to help out in times of trouble and need and she depends on him to for support. And support her he does when her husband, father of her two daughters, ups and leaves, tired of her endless harping. It’s a choice that is to have catastrophic consequences.And these are the themes that are carried through the book: bitterness, favouritism, negativity and unhappiness. Quite honestly, I found that they put a bit of a dark cloud over me as I continued to read. By about three quarters of the way in, I started to find that I was losing track of the characters. There seemed to be a lot of names and people that I couldn’t quite place and who didn’t seem altogether necessary to the story and I started to skim a bit. I did want to get to the end, and despite my criticism, the thread of the story is maintained throughout – it never loses itself. So, I’m giving this one 3 out of 5 stars. It just wasn’t what I’ve come to expect from Laura Elliot’s books as it’s a lot weaker than its predecessors. Nevertheless, it still carries a sound message.PS: I don’t understand the title of the book either, but I really don’t want to sound like I’m being entirely negative!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-19 09:49

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an unbiased review.Laura Elliot's Sleep Sister is about two sisters who have both suffered a traumatic experience when they were younger and how it shapes their lives in the future.Beth, the older sister, runs away from home when she's a teenager, leaving behind her younger sister Sara. Years later, when Beth visits, her and Sara make a pact to never talk about this experience.Time jump to 26 years later, we are introduced to Eva, who's birth is a mystery, and so she begins digging into her past to find out where she's from.Now, I'm all for time jumps, I understand their necessity, but the first part (and there were 4), started off really strong and I was really getting into it, but then the time jump occurred. And that's fine, but, I had a hard time recovering that same urgency that I had to continue reading. It's not that Eva's story was boring, per se, but the writing, there was something about it that felt very old-school and the long-winded sentences just bored me after awhile.The third part of the story, we are introduced to a whole new plot line, and it ties into the beginning, but nearing the end of the book at 70%, I kinda just wondered why the author waited this long into the book to introduce all these new ideas. And, honestly, at this point, I didn't really care that much.With all the time jumps, it was also very hard to keep track of all of the characters, and some of the characters, I just didn't even see the point of them, it was almost just filler.The last 20% of the book, the pace picks up again and more truths are revealed and Eva learns more about her past, and I wanted to finish the story, but it almost felt that by that point I was just finishing for the sake of finishing it.It was an ok book, but it's being advertised as this psychological suspense story, and I didn't really find it all that suspenseful.

  • Paul Cresswell
    2019-05-25 01:54

    Review is also on The Coffee & Kindle Book Review BlogSleep Sister by Laura Elliot Kindle EditionCost: Net GalleryAmazon uk link:HereGoodreads Link: HereThe Blurb Two childhoods destroyed. One story they will never tell. Until now. Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara. When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secret is not just hers alone…she shares it with Sara. Under the shadow of a remote headland, the sisters make an oath they promise never to break. Eva’s birth is a mystery that remains unsolved. Years later with her marriage in ruins, and her future uncertain, she realizes that to move forward with her life, she must first understand her past. But while Eva is drawing closer to the truth about her roots, Beth and Sara’s lives are falling apart, crushed under the weight of the secret they carry. They must confront the past and face the darkness once more. But this time, their story will be heard. My BitWell, I suppose the good run had to finish somewhere. Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. It’s a dark, emotional subject to read about and not one I shy from but I just found myself drifting off, I wasn’t submersed into the world Laura Elliot has created. The language and long sentence structure made it feel like an old novel and it put me off. I suppose I Just wasn’t the demographic this novel was aimed at.

  • Deborah
    2019-05-23 01:50

    Abused from a young age and maligned by her own mother, Beth’s devastated when her father leaves the family. She acts out against her abuser but is understandably incapable of sharing her secret… fearful she won’t be believed.She leaves home as soon as possible – only regretting leaving her sister, who – at least – seems safe from abuse and under the watchful eye of her adoring mother.Things then became a bit too melodramatic for me however and we jumped forward 20+ years when the Beth we knew and loved had somehow disappeared.Perhaps Ireland is a small place but there were a lot of coincidences and connections as the stars and moon aligned and everything came to a head.I missed (the old) Beth in the second half of the story. She continued to grapple with her past but slowly and steadily became more empowered and keen to take revenge on those who wronged her. I’m not quite sure why but those elements of the plot didn’t quite work for me.At its heart this book is about family and relationships and about secrets and trust. I think a little of that was diluted via the many threads, but it’s still what I most enjoyed.Read the full review on my blog:

  • Sharon
    2019-06-11 07:58

    thanks to Netgalley for my ARC in return for an honest review.Sleep Sister is very far removed from my usual psychological thriller so I was unsure about it when I first picked it up to read but it still managed to pack quite a punch with me!A very deep read covering child abuse and the impact on a family and indeed a community over the years. The subject matter is dark but it is not a graphic novel so it is not disturbing in that way - and for me that's what makes a good book, something you can feel and live and have emotions without the nitty gritty being laid bare in the book.It did get a wee bit confusing towards the middle with the number of characters involved and I felt it was a bit difficult to keep up with the who was who and how they were connected but this did not detract in anyway from the plot or my enjoyment of the book.It's an uncomfortable but emotional read (the synopsis is there for those who want more detail about that) I felt connected to the characters and indeed to the village and the community affected by what had happened all those years ago and the ripple effect over the years and on the lives of so many.I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to others, a fab read!

  • Kelly (purplebookstand)
    2019-06-01 08:00

    Sleep SisterMany thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I will start by saying that a lot of people may find the subject matter a difficult one to deal with in this book. I think I'm weird as I don't mind reading 'uncomfortable' books but do avoid it if you're not comfortable with tales of child abuse. Sleep Sister is a book that focuses on two sisters, Beth and Sara, and the secret they share. The secret follows them wherever they go, as the story follows them from childhood into adulthood. It details how they try to deal with the secret they carry on their shoulders and the impact that had on their adult life, family and relationships. I did really enjoy this book, although I did find that it went on a little bit. I did lose track of a few characters as the story went on and had to backtrack to remind myself. That said, it was a beautifully written book which evoked many images in my mind and I would totally recommend this book to others, 4* from me :-).

  • Monica Mac
    2019-05-24 08:16

    This was a very powerful book, about a very uncomfortable topic. The author did a fabulous job of making her characters real and complex and my heart broke for Beth, Sara and all the others who were so badly affected by what one man did. Abuse, when it occurs, really does have a ripple affect and it touches so many lives in so many ways. This was not an easy read by any means, but it was skillfully written and I found myself, heart in my mouth, reading the next page, and the next, and hoping that some good might come out it all. There were positives here too, unconditional love trying to offset the conditional love that had plagued Beth for years and I found myself cheering her on. She was quite a strong woman and I think if I met her, I would have liked her. Highly recommended.My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Zarco Dragonetti
    2019-05-26 06:00

    Thanks for Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this advanced copy.Sorry but this one just wasn't for me. The written style was difficult to follow, and the subject matter was hard work and very depressing. There was just something strange and hard to follow about the author's style. It felt quite old fashioned and overly verbose, drifting off point quite a lot. There were far too many characters to try and keep up with. Overall, I wouldn't personally recommend it, but given the amount of praise the book has received from other readers, I guess this is just down to my own personal tastes.

  • Lee
    2019-05-27 06:11

    I enjoyed this story but found it quite long and drawn out, I feel this could have been condensed by 100 pages. In saying that this is still a good story, I guess it just didn't grab quite as much as others I have read this year. Also the topic of child abuse is always hard to read about but the author handled this very well I thought. The story is solid and I felt the characters were well portrayed, especially Beth but I just found myself picking it up and putting it down again. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Fiona
    2019-05-24 06:50

    Magnificent read with writing that flowed beautifully keeping me captivated until the very last page . A tale of hidden dark secrets , a small town held in the grip of a powerful man and ultimately revenge with two sisters taking the leading role .I warmed to Beth straight away , an independent , loyal woman ., my heart broke for Sara . You will not want to put this book down , yet another great read from an author who remains one of my favourites . Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for supplying me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kagsy Wagsy
    2019-06-12 03:04

    Brilliant story, dark.and twisting. Secrets concealed, those who think the are above the law, sickening abuse. Some vile characters inhabit this story. Vulnerable exploited and abused. No spoilers ... is justice gained, retribution wreaked? Maybe the sinners only get their punishment in the afterlife!!!I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Donna Jones
    2019-06-08 09:46

    i have previously read laura’s work but this just didn't do it for me. i was gripped waiting for the penny to drop but it didn't , that was al there was to the story. a disappointing read that is excellently written but a disappointing story with no definitive ending to the story.

  • Donna Irwin
    2019-05-29 03:58

    A really well written novel with dark secrets at its heart. The story of sisters Beth and Sara really drew me in. The writing was beautiful and got me really involved building up well to the ending. A few people have commented that the novel was too long but I didn't think so.