Book Review: Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott

Sleep Tight (DCI Tom Douglas #3)Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher’s Description:

How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?

When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning.

But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood…

Has the past caught up with Olivia?

Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.

This is the third book in the DCI Tom Douglas series; however, it stands alone easily. The happenings in Tom’s life are pretty minor in the grand scheme of the book and explained well enough that the reader will know what’s going on with him.

This is one of those mysteries that’s hard to review without accidentally giving something away. I can say that I found this book to be very suspenseful. There are a couple of minor mysteries in addition to the central mystery of what happened to Olivia. One in particular was easy to figure out but I didn’t mind because I was still engrossed in the main plotline. Parts of the book were repetitive and it could have been trimmed down a bit. However, the twists, especially the big one at the end, were very clever and outweighed my minor criticisms.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The book takes place in the UK so the narrators have British accents, which I love to listen to. Tom was voiced by a man and the main female character was voiced by a woman, which was the right choice. The hard part about listening to a compelling mystery on audiobook is that I want to stay in garage and keep listening even after I’ve come home! (I listen to the books while I’m driving.) I’d like to read the other books in this series and see if the mysteries contained in them are as good as the one in Sleep Tight.

(I received a complementary review copy of this book.)

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    This sounds like it’s fraught with tension – I could use a book like that right about now.

  • S.G. Wright

    I haven’t heard of this author, but it seems like a good audio & mystery for the car!

  • HeatherAnne Norbury

    I haven’t read a good suspense book lately. Is this one gruesome? Or just suspenseful?

    • Rachel

      Just suspenseful.