When you’re a kid, you imagine monsters to have horns and fangs. That they hide under the bed or in the wardrobe. And you believe they can only come after you when it’s dark.
You don’t expect them to look like everyday people or that they may be someone you already know…
The summer in question started out with hot, fun-filled days and new friendships.
We had just turned thirteen and had our whole lives ahead of us.
But that was before her…
Before we became known as the Hixton Five and our lives become defined by one night.
It’s hard to believe twenty years have passed since she was locked away.
But now she’s free and strange things have started to happen.
When I close my eyes, the creeping anxiety and fear is overwhelming and all too real.
Because the monster is back, and I know she has a score to settle with us.
The Sleepover mostly focuses on two of the Hixton Five, Hannah and Rosie. For the most part, the story is concentrated on Hannah, who is seen to be the stringer of the two, as she navigates the release of the woman who abused her and her growing feelings for Liam, the author who wants to write a book about what happened. Rosie is the more unstable of the two, self-medicating with drunk, drugs and sex. Hannah and Rosie make an interesting pair and, throw in Liam and chapters from a mysterious narrator, there are enough different personalities to keep the reader intrigued.
Of course, the plot itself is enough to keep turning the pages. Many times I thought I had everything figured out only to be caught of-guard, right until the very end. When you read enough psychological thrillers, it can become difficult to be surprised. However, parts of The Sleepover certainly pulled the wool over my eyes.
A bit of a slow burn, The Sleepover leaves you hanging until the end, releasing just enough information to keep you reading. If this sounds like your kind of book, you can pick up a copy here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.