Book Review: The Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara

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I step forward, breathing fast. Movement. I force myself to take another step. I think about all of it, all of the deaths and all of the accidents and all of the pain. And I know what I need to do.


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.

The Sleeper Lies Book Cover


I’d heard a lot about Andrea Mara and I really wanted to get acquainted with her books. This showed up on Kindle Unlimited so it was as good a place as any to start.

For the first couple of chapters, I wasn’t sure. It felt like it would just be Marianne stuck in a snow-covered house in the countryside. I’m not really big on books that have just one character. Then more people started to join the equation until it came to a point where I couldn’t put The Sleeper Lies down. See, this is not just a book about some creep hanging around Marianne’s house. In fact, it’s not even the only mystery in this book. It also gives neighbourly feuds, family secrets, and a less than pleasant past relationship. Lot of stories intertwined, all coming together in one neat and satisfying conclusion.

And this book is excellent not just because of the thriller element. It also touches on deep topics like loneliness, revenge, and post-natal depression. It makes the characters all the more real, and the reader loving the book even more.

Seriously, get yourself a copy of The Sleeper Lies. You won’t regret it.

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