Title: While I Slept
Author: Ella Drummond
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
Date of Publication: 20th May 2018
Date of Review: 23rd May 2018
A husband. A wife. An unbearable loss. Their attempt to move on.
Theo and Pilar’s new Art Deco home in Cornwall is perfect. Pilar is delighted to discover a studio at the bottom of their garden, where she intends rebuilding her art career. However, it appears that not everyone is as keen as they are to make their fresh start work. Someone, keeps getting in the way of their attempts to move on from their past.
Who do you trust when someone is determined to destroy you?
This creepy domestic noir will hook you from the beginning; instantly drawing you into Pilar’s story, where after a night out, her life is torn apart when she’s involved in an accident that kills her unborn son. True to its genre, the story has a first-person narrative that lets the reader know the protagonist is harbouring a secret that riddles her with guilt.
There’s some serious juxtaposition going on here. One minute Pilar is living an idyllic life in her gorgeous new home in Cornwall, making new friends and building her dream career: the next she’s creeped out with a feeling of being watched. Her home, the place where she should feel the safest is the place that threatens her safety. Is her guilty past about to catch up with her? Nobody is above suspicion: just how well does she know those who live in the village around her? And what about Theo? Pilar knows he’s been unfaithful in the past. Has he learned from his mistakes? Can she trust him now? And just how reliable is this first-person narrator? Is it all in her mind? There’s definitely some weird and creepy stuff going in. I don’t want to give any spoilers but just for a little teaser, there’s a great twist at the end involving the relationship between two of the characters. But you’re just going to have to read this book for yourself to find out who. You won’t see this coming!
This was a great read which I devoured over two sittings. I recommend this book for anybody who likes Shalini Boland or Cara Hunter.
Under Literature Love’s rating this book has been awarded 5 out of 5 stars for its genre. A five star rating means:
I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I recommend you stop what you’re doing and go and buy this book now! As well as having all the elements of a four-star review, this book transcends its genre. The language is original and compelling; characters jumped off the page; and twists in the plot left me gasping. This rare and exceptional book will be put forward for Literature Love’s top 10 books of the year.
Thank you to the author, Ella Drummond; for a copy of this book.