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12:07 The Sleeping

January 23, 2016 - 5:46 pm No Comments

12:07: The Sleeping
Author: L Sydney Abel
Published 7th July 2015 
Publisher: Speaking Volumes 
Page count: 259 pages
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
The main characters Lance and Katherine, are a highly successful couple who after loosing their baby, start drifting apart. Added to this is Lance’s sexy secretary, who Lance finds attractive and his soulless next door neighbour Mr Green. This variety of characters and intrigue makes this story an interesting read. 
Lance suffers with nightmares or night terrors, and this is when ‘the sleeping’ visit him.
If you have ever felt like someone is standing over you whilst you are sleeping, and you are powerless to do anything then you have been visited by the sleeping of the title  Throughout the book, Mr Green’s history is explained, and the connection between their lives is easily understood. 
The book is well written and the author has a sympathetic understanding of sleep paralysis, which, after reading his bio, I found out that he suffers with this condition.
This is not your typical good vs evil story and through the book there are plenty of surprises. I personally would describe this book as a psychological thriller rather than a horror novel. 
(Editor’s note: Yvonne’s thoughts on the synopsis seem to mirror the concept behind The Sleep Room by F. R. Tallis)
The sex scenes are not graphic but definetly adult themed. The build up at the end is intense and I nearly missed my station as I didn’t want to put it down!
My one complaint was the ending as it just finished abruptly and left you in limbo. I suppose you can imagine how it finishes, however the pacing wasn’t quite right.