Friday, November 4, 2022

The Sleepover by Keri Beevis - Book Tour & Review


The Sleepover

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 Six 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.

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My Review
The Sleepover is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. It's a tense read, especially when you get to the flashbacks of what really happened that summer when the main characters were just thirteen years old. There are also a few twists thrown in just to keep you on your toes.
The story is told in both present day and flashbacks to the past. The main character, Hannah, is finally getting her life on track after an incident twenty years ago. She's divorced buy remains friends with her ex, she has a dog walking business, and she has her best friend Rosie who she cares for (even when Rosie continues to do the same stupid things over and over again). But her life is about to get turned upside down when a man named Liam Quinn shows up one day, asking questions about that fateful summer all those years ago. He's writing a book and wants to know all the sordid details, but Hannah and Rosie turn him away, not wishing to rehash the trauma. But Liam is persistent, and soon, Hannah is opening up to him. But doing so brings the past back in more ways than one, and now Hannah and her friends are at risk. Could Liam be behind it all? Is he somehow connected to the past, or is he just an innocent bystander caught up in this mess and just as at risk as Hannah and her friends?
I really enjoyed this story. It's honestly kind of dark, especially when the secrets of that summer night are slowly revealed via flashback. You get a glimpse into what a real monster looks like. But the plot is engaging and easy to get lost in, and I found myself eagerly flying through the pages, trying to piece things together and figure out what was happening in present time. I knew there was a red herring thrown in there, and I'm glad I was right about that. And there was a scene where one character goes to visit another person from the past, and I started to suspect things. I can't say if I was right or not, because it would spoil things, especially the ending. 
The characters are well-written and come across as real people, and there's one character who was my absolute favorite, although, again, I don't want to say anything in case of spoilers. 
Overall, this is a thrilling story that will have you guessing and second-guessing yourself. Check out The Sleepover if you're looking for a good psychological thriller.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio –

Keri Beevis is the internationally bestselling author of Dying To Tell, Deep Dark Secrets, Trust No One, Every Little Breath and The People Next Door. Dying To Tell reached no. 1 in the Amazon chart in Australia and was a top 25 hit in the UK. Keri wrote her first novel at age twenty, but it was a further twenty years before she was published, after winning a contract in a competition run by a small press. She lives in Norfolk, along with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel).

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