Review: While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture

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Release date: November 16, 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Psychological Thriller


You wake up to find the man beside you is dead. 

He is not your husband. This is not your bed. 

What do you do? 

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer. 

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s 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 stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart. 

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do. 

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything? 


Holy smokes, what an exciting and suspenseful read! There was twist after twist, and turn after turn in this one. What a completely addicting read, I was sucker punched repeatedly and the hits just kept on coming. I LOVE when a book can keep blindsiding me, and this one managed to do it many times. I was feeling like the dreaded reading slump was knocking on my door, but after reading this, the slump is no longer lingering!

Tara wakes up, naked in her neighbor, Lee’s bed. She can’t remember what happened the night before, and when she wakes up enough to realize Lee is dead beside her, she’s shocked and horrified. With an opening chapter like that, naturally I was hooked. Then, you quickly realize that the entire Logan family has problems with telling the truth. We’ve all read books with unreliable narrators, but what if an entire family is unreliable?!

With all of the plot twists and secrets and lies, I won’t be discussing many details. I will say I wasn’t fond of any of the characters though, but the teenaged daughter, Rosie, was by far the worst. She was so bratty and selfish I wanted to wring her neck. The rest of the family wasn’t much better as they all constantly lied and betrayed each other, but this added so much tension to the story that I loved. You really never knew who to trust, and just when one person seems believable, Croft throws a wrench into things and you’re back to square one, guessing and questioning all over again. 

My one small issue with this was the involvement of the police, specifically Holden Hunt. He just didn’t seem to handle the investigation properly whatsoever, and it wasn’t very believable. However, I didn’t really care all that much because everything else about the book was so fantastic! I was able to easily suspend my disbelief and shove my doubts to the side. The ending more than made up for my moments of doubt, I never saw it coming and was stunned.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy.

30 thoughts on “Review: While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture

  1. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Oh I just read another review of this today, so I love comparing your thoughts! This one sounds so intriguing. It appears the main consensus is that the ending was good, so two thumbs up for that! I also read the same about Rosie haha. I wonder if this was intended? Great review as always Amy!

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  2. Megan @ bookslayerReads says:

    You always read and review really awesome sounding books! Lol. I think this one is on my TBR, I’ll have to check. But I definitely want to read it!

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  3. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    This cover and title. 🙌 I don’t see how you wouldn’t want to read this. And it sounds amazing! Love your review. Here goes another book to add to my TBR. I think my mom would also like this one so at least when I read your recs we can both enjoy them. 🙂 So far, so good! 👍

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  4. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    “Tara wakes up, naked in her neighbor, Lee’s bed. She can’t remember what happened the night before, and when she wakes up enough to realize Lee is dead beside her, she’s shocked and horrified.”

    If I had a dollar for every time this happened to me… am I right? 😜

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