Title: The Sleepover
Author: Keri Beevis
Publishes: October 24, 2022
Publisher: Boldwood Books
About the Book
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.
About the Author
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).
Told through multiple points of view, and timelines, friends who were once thick as thieves, have tried to move on with their lives after a traumatizing event in their childhood. We don’t get to that event right off. Instead, the story unfolds in pieces, in between following Hannah in her everyday life two decades later.
Hannah spends a good deal of her time helping her friend Rosie. While not called out as such, I would guess that Rosie has PTSD from that traumatic event in their childhood. Between self-medicating and other actions, it feels like that is what’s happening. And once we find out what really happened, it makes sense. Hannah, Rosie, and Liam are multi-dimensional characters, and while there are other characters, they aren’t as deep, which helps to keep the trio at the forefront of the story.
This book is twisted, and the monster referred to in the blurb is indeed a monster. Overall, the Sleepover is a fun read that draws you in with an intriguing storyline that’s vague enough to keep you reading to uncover its secrets. Readers are in for a few surprises with this one. Thank you, Boldwood Books, for sending this along.