BOOK REVIEW: The Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara

Publication Date: February 6, 2020
Publisher: Poolbeg Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 418 Pages
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


One window, three lies, 24 days is all it takes.

It’s March 2018, and the country is covered in snow. Roads are impassable, shops are running out of food, and official advice is to stay indoors. Marianne lives on her own and works from home, so this isn’t a problem. Until she wakes one morning in her house in the middle of nowhere and finds footprints trailing all across her garden. Half-asleep, she is at first curious. Then she realises the footprints stop at her bedroom window, and curiosity gives way to unease. Who was looking in at her, while she was asleep?

As the big freeze worsens and the stalker begins to leave disturbing mementoes, Marianne’s thoughts go back two decades to the schoolyard outburst that tore her childhood apart. Old feuds resurface, and the mystery of her mother’s death is pulled back into focus. Marianne begins to see patterns – is there a link between her stalker and the true crime story she’s been obsessively researching, or does the answer lie closer to home?
In the end, 24 days is all it takes for everything to come crashing down.


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Set in a small town in Ireland Marianne starts noticing that someone keeps looking in her bedroom window.  Then she starts getting strange "gifts". While she contacts the police about it they seem to play it down to kids pranks but Marianne is starting to get worried.  She is very remote from town and is involved in a true crime solving group on facebook. While they dissect the crimes of a serial killer she starts to see connections to the person stalking her. 

Marianne is also looking into the murder of her mother when she was just a child.  Thinking it may be the working of a serial killer Marianne goes searching to see what she can find.  However what she thought she knew becomes something even more sinister.

This is a spooky well done mystery that had me guessing at who may be the culprit.  I was actually not expecting the ending. While most of the book is set in 2018 there are flashbacks to when Marianne was married to the ego maniac Ryan, an author who seems to look down on the people from the town and starts a feud with one of her neighbors that keeps escalating. I would definitely try another one of Andrea Mara's books again in the future.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookSirens in exchange for an honest review

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