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The Sleeper

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The sins of the past haunt an isolated farmhouse as a snowstorm rages outside . . .

It’s not shaping up to be a very merry Christmas. Clover Moon feels trapped in her life as a farmer’s wife. She certainly doesn’t enjoy hosting Fergus’s mother, Violet, who always finds new ways to publicly humiliate her unsatisfactory daughter-in-law. But would Violet ever seek a more viol
ebook, 380 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Open Road Media (first published 1998)
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Cleo Bannister
If ever there was an antidote to a Merry Christmas, this book is it! Set during a wintry Christmas, in the middle of a storm the electricity goes off while Violet Moon is visiting her son and daughter-in-law at the farm she owned and ran with her now dead husband William. Away from her cosy house and her séances she holds Violet Moon is dreading Christmas on the farm which once meant so much to her...

This is a fantastic study of human life, but don't expect to find fluffy nice characters within
Jenny Macdonald
what a delightful find. A good creepy story set at Christmas time and full of evil family secrets gradually revealing in a snowed in landscape.
Nov 15, 2013 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2013
When the snow lay round about...

Christmas at Southdown Farm is always an uncomfortable time for Clover Moon, since her disapproving mother-in-law Violet comes visiting. But this year’s even worse than usual. Firstly, Clover has realised she’s deeply unhappy with her life and is in a permanent state of rage. And secondly, someone appears to be trying to hurt her, perhaps even kill her. Clover is sure that Violet has finally lost her senses and become dangerous. Meantime Miss Bates, a resident of
Mar 04, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written, and scary. Full of unreliable narrators, and pretty awful characters. Laughed that two of the nastier characters, are named Clover and Violet, after pretty flowers. This would be a great story to be produced by BBC, and then shown on PBS Masterpiece Mystery.
Jennifer Boyce
Oct 30, 2013 Jennifer Boyce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
I did not like this book... I found the writing style incredibly unbearable to read. The author writes in a choppy and conversational tone that I found difficult to get into. I felt that I was constantly struggling to remember who was narrating at the moment and what was going on in the story because the writing style was so difficult to follow.

On top of that, none of the characters seemed very likable or relatable. All of the characters seemed like they were incredibly negative and I found mys
Jirinka (sony08)
Well on the cover it promised a dark, disturbing story. But I was bored.
I wanted to give up a few times and it was only to couple of twist in this tale that saved this book from having only 1 star.
This is a Christmas tale of voices and ghosts of the past. One family, lots of secrets and paranoia. Three murdered people and it all starts with a body in a farmhouse cellar found during a big storm and from there it just gets worse for all the family members.

Not a fan of this book and I won't be
Jan 22, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Great book. Gillian White is good!
Kerry Harbison
This book was certainly not a light read. Christmas should be fun and happy. A time of goodwill. Not in this area, the local elderly rest-home is missing a resident. The Owners are more worried about their secret coming out. The Moon family are having a family Christmas with best friends and Granny. Now add a isolating snow storm , some evil secrets, a body in the cellar, mysteries accidents and everyone is on edge. The past is coming for you Violet Moon!
Sally Boocock
Oct 26, 2013 Sally Boocock rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I thought this book sounded really good but after a few pages I was ready to give up. I persevered but was disappointed with it. I found it hard to follow and often didn't realize who was talking. All a bit farfetched and convoluted.
Apr 08, 2012 Maureen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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good twist of the story at the end but I found it very difficult reading not very interesting to keep you reading
Aug 07, 2011 Selene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I thought this book was a ghost story but it was c..p! The only thing going for it is that it was set in Torbay!
Mostafa Esmail
Feb 20, 2015 Mostafa Esmail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Actually the fact that I'm reading this book for nearly 15 years show how much it is doll and hard to read
Nov 29, 2013 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this story. It jumps around and never really connects.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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Gillian White (b. 1945) grew up in Liverpool, England. She has written sixteen novels under her own name, which are known for suspense, Gothic thrills, and satiric views of contemporary society. She also writes historical romance under the name Georgina Fleming. She lives in Devon, England.
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