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While You Sleep

By: Stephanie Merritt
Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn
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Publisher's Summary

It begins, they say, with a woman screaming....

On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there. Just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace.

For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: night-time intrusions, unknown voices, and a constant sense of being watched.

The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides' dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand and all too real - but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

©2019 Stephanie Merritt (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Masochistic Sex

Too bad I became invested in the story and was unable to finish it. I don’t find masochistic sex entertaining, I find it abhorrent! It does not start until chapter 7. I quit listening

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Best narrator of all the audibles I’ve heard

Although I’m still listening to While you Sleep I need to review before I forget. I’m really enjoying this modern gothic story and although the story is really great and I’m loving it and I hope Stephanie Merritt has other novels I can read I can not praise this narrator enough. Caitlin Thorburn is the best narrator I’ve ever listened to. Her accents are so authentic I can’t tell if she’s Irish or American. She reads wonderfully and does not overact. She deserves an award for narration if there is one. I will look for other books she’s done as well.

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Violent Sex Fantasy

Trigger warning. This type of book is NOT something I’m interested in and I would like to know BEFORE the violent sex fantasy scene that the book contains this.

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Should have read other reviews

Yikes. This was a rough one. Somehow this is an entire book with no plot - no reveal, mystery, turning point. It’s like a set up that goes on forever and then it’s done. The protagonist is very unlikeable, but not on purpose. Not a prude, but I was not expecting the soft core scenes. If you’re sensitive to non-consensual sex, skip it. The narrator was good though 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Ridiculous characters, story & narration.

Narrator helped create a creepy atmosphere with her read of this story. The problem was so much of the story just didn’t make sense & so many loose ends were left dangling. The main character started out somewhat strong but kept making one bad decision after another to the point of ridiculousness. Towards the end of the story she seemed to turn into a helpless little girl. Plus almost every male voice sounded the same - all a
of them were awful! Pass on this one. I got what I paid for - it was free from the Plus Catalog. I’ve only listened to one good one out of the Plus Catalog so far & I listen to about 3-4 books a week.

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Say What?

The author was able to create several instances that caused goosebumps. But the overall current day portion of the story was extremely weak for only one reason: the protagonists, who keep shouting about women standing on their own made all the wrong deductions I see a strong woman making. The ending tried to fix that but .... FAIL! Epic FAIL.

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An erotic ghost story

I love a ghost story, but I often find them too scary for my tender sensibilities. This one wasn’t scary, and it was a little overlong, but it drew me in: the big empty mansion out on the eerie Scottish moors, the mystery of a disappeared child, local legends of hauntings and murders, a ghost (or is he a sucubus?) who seduces sleeping women, ominous figures looming in dark corners. My only real quibble is the central character of the novel, Zoe, who is yet another of those damaged narrators that have become so popular since Gone Girl came out — she just can’t seem to stop making bad decisions.

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vapid main character, cliche decisions

I struggled to finish this. The main character was annoying. The only characters I liked were the boy and the dog, the rest were stereotypical and boring. The premise was good, but completely failed in execution. Nothing scary or creepy, the more erotic scenes tended to be both boring and gratuitous.

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  • KC
  • 02-16-21

well...that was something. lol

This book is very interesting and mysterious right from the start. So much so, that I had to know what was going to happen next, despite the strangeness of the whole succubus deal. The ending, however, made my stomach churn and It really bothered me for some reason. Lots of twists and unexpected resolutions, but nonetheless, the author really knows her hook points. Not sure how to rate it but it did keep me entertained while working from home.

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  • KG
  • 11-17-20

Mixed feelings

The story was intriguing enough to keep me guessing about several parts until the end, and I will say I felt most of the lose pieces all came together, contrary to what a few other reviewers have said.
The core of the story was decent, and most of the characters were enjoyable. The undercurrent of the main character seeing herself in the house’s first inhabitant/theme of ‘feminism’ was irritating though. The number of times a strong independent woman living alone and not needing a man was said about 20xs too many... especially given the narrator’s voice for her - instead of voicing the character as a 42yr old adult, her inflection was that of a late teen/early 20s huffy valley girl. The rest of the narration was ok, but her voice for Zoe was maddening.
Overall I’d been hoping for tale about an old Scottish moorland house and instead got a 42yr old’s ‘vacation’ with a side of sex. Know you’re going in for a 50/50 of that vs a traditional ghost story - had I known, I would have skipped this one.

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