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Sleep with Me: A Novel

3.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  395 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
A tautly plotted novel of adultery and betrayal.

"The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost." In a moment of giggling chaos, Richard and Lelia sleep together while getting dressed for a holiday party. Arriving late and still flushed, they barely register a slight, drab woman who, like a shadow, threatens the happin
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury USA (first published July 4th 2005)
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Sarah
Jul 30, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book drove me mental.

The first 170 pages are difficult to get through, and it is only through sheer will power and hatred of not completing books that i forced myself to continue and read on. It moves at such a slow pace that you begin to wonder what the point of this is going to be.

The characters are all really annoying and ridiculous. The plot is a good idea but so much more could've been done with it.

The last 30 or so pages move much quicker yet at the same time seem to drag in certain p
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Loederkoningin
The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost.~ We had fucked, my love and I, moments before going out to diner.

Richard and Lelia hardly register the mousy-ish girl at their friends' diner table. Yet it won't be long until Richard meets her again. Sylvie. He thinks she's plain. Little does he know that Sylvie is about to creep into Lelia's and his lives, ever so subtly. Her presence seems sinister yet harmless at first.

Briscoe wrote a eery
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Kim
Aug 05, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm veering between 3.5 and 4 stars for Sleep With Me. It's an interesting book, but all of the characters are so unsympathetic that it was hard going at times. The story revolves around a couple (Richard and Lelia) who through a strange twist of fate become involved with a young, seemingly mousy woman called Sylvie. Little by little, we learn that Sylvie is not all that she seems, and her relationship Richard, Lelia, and their friends becomes more and more twisted.

Well, it reads more like a ps
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Sarah
Jan 14, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why on earth does this book have a 2.84 overall rating?! Troubling... I loved it. The prose is intimate and fresh and the whole novel is veiled with a sense of foreboding. Generally, I wish every book ended slightly differently, and the same goes for this one. Doesn't really matter though, as the rest of the writing makes up for it. Give it a go
Camille
Jun 10, 2011 Camille rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obsession, 2011, british
The book had a slow start and peaked my interest during the second act and I was truly vested in finding out what was the true story and motives of the mysterious Sylvie. But at last, after I finished reading my only thought was, "this is the journey you lead me on?" Snore!
Kate
Aug 11, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Amazing - the characters (written from both a male and female perspective) are compellingly written - you completely empathise with both of their predicaments. One of my all time faves.
Louise
Feb 17, 2015 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 - 3 is very generous!!! Very very slow to start, not much better when the story actually started ... cursing my sister for making me read it!!!
Jaklien De muynck
Boringgg....
Mark
Jan 15, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a certain irresistible appeal and so say most reviewers, but then they ( the readers) all suggest reasons as to why they are unhappy about the way the characters behave, or how the plot unravels, instead of suspending their disbelief and allowing their imagination to embrace the unthinkable : men can be both unpredictable and unreliable, and have their heads turned by both mousy haired retiring females and ladies of unsuitable morality. Attraction is always in the eye of the behold ...more
Devon
Mar 05, 2014 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Briscoe's 'SLEEP WITH ME' had me hooked from the first page. This enchantingly dark novel had all the stuff to make it a fantastic and unforgettable read, however, it seemed to fall just short of fantastic but still managed to be very memorable. The story about a very odd love triangle between Lelia and Richard, a couple who is very much in love and expecting their first child and the mysterious Sylvie Lavigne had me mesmerized throughout almost the entire novel trying to figure out who t ...more
Iris
weird book - weird story. started off decent and the story is actually ok. but what i don't get is ...... how in the world could a couple that has hot sex before leaving for a party - go so wrong. the couple arrives and leaves the party never even noticing the "mousy girl" standing there. so, if this Sylvie is so unnoticeable - how does this character insinuate herself into their lives? how in the world does everyone including the couple's friends and co-workers all become so obsessed, in love, ...more
Carolyn
Jul 10, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Creepy as all get-out. Story of someone insidiously inserting themselves into other people's lives and destroying relationships. Of course, if the relationship is able to be destroyed... Very, very creepy and intense. Bonus = learned some new French phrases. Early on, before the seductress begins wielding her power, one character muses: At times like that I thought life was simple: that having a person of your own, holding you, was the best thing in the world.
Denise
Jun 21, 2014 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A strange, rather disturbing story, the plot of which I found absurdly far-fetched.

SPOILER ALERT I'm not a fan of men-who-go-off-the-rails-when-a-pregnancy-is-announced storylines to start off with. I persevered till I was 3/4 of the way through then speed-read to the end because I found the circuitous plot so ridiculous.

The title and cover don't do it justice and could have been changed to highlight the novel's psychologically disturbing undertones.
Cupcakencorset
Apr 12, 2012 Cupcakencorset rated it liked it
This story of Richard and Lelia, an English couple, whose relationship is tested by an unplanned pregnancy and by a strange French woman was initially entrancing, much like the mysterious Sylvie herself. The plot was multilayered, the writing rich and evocative, the characters not too sympathetic. After all, it wouldn't do to feel too much fondness for people who would be swayed from their commitments and loves so easily. Their worlds come crashing down, as they must, then reform from the rubble ...more
Janet
Out of all the millions of books there are to read why did I pick out this one? Because I liked another book of Briscoe (You) and I guess it was meant as a sort of snack in between but it turned out quite heavy to digest. For a thriller the book takes far too long to become exciting and I just couldn't like the main characters Richard and Lelia. They are presented as a young, happy couple about to have their first child but it was all a bit too cliché for my taste. Both fall for the charms of a ...more
Kerri
Mar 28, 2008 Kerri rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was quite the dirty little book. This story is about Richard and Leila, a couple who are madly in love. Leila gets pregnant, and Richard isn't too sure about how he feels about that. Enter: Sophie (I think this is her name, there was a sophie and a sylvia and it was getting confusing). Sophie is this plain, quite young woman from France, and for some reason everyone falls in love with her. Richard's friend talks about having an affair with her (although at first you don't know its Sophie be ...more
Ape
Nov 23, 2014 Ape rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
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This does make addictive reading although at the start I thought it was going to be too much London lifestyle for me.
It's about a professional couple, Richard and Lelia, who become pregnant at the start of the book. At the same time as French girl Sylvie appears in their life. Everyone disregards her as she is small, slight and very mouseish, but as the book goes on you realise that there's something about her that makes people obsessed with her.
Richard starts an affair
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Margaret
Shortly after beginning this book, I feared I'd actually gone for a piece of chick-lit, a metropolitan love story about the young, very much in love couple we meet on page 1. But it quickly turns creepy, very creepy indeed. Who is this mousy Sylvie who insinuates herself into Richard's life, and what is the hold she has on him? And how is Lelia, Richard's partner, involved? Lelia's troubled teenage years provide the beginnings of an answer. While the ending of the book is perhaps predictable in ...more
Claire Sayan
Jul 26, 2014 Claire Sayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-stars
This book, in a word is weird. The arrange rating is about 2.5 stars but it all depends on what you rate book on. As in was it written well? Did I like the story? Etc
That's why I have given it 4 stars. While I thought the story was weird, I couldn't put it down. I HAD to know why was going to happen. It was also written and edited well. I did think it finished a bit abruptly though, which I suppose is in keeping with the story.
I think 2.5 stars is a bit mean.
Trix Smith
I sat and read this book in one sitting, hungry to discover where the author would go with the story. On reflection I can see that this was because the book was so slow to get going that I expected it to be the build up to a huge, earth-shattering finale. Sadly, the ending was rushed, and dissatisfying, with a very obvious twist.

Would I recommend this book? If the concept of stalking intrigues you, you have nothing else lined up to read & you can get hold of a copy for free then I'd give it
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Mike Finn
Entanglement of relationships with a three involved with a quiet French woman but the final 50 pages was a bit too obvious and strung out to make this a fulsome appreciation of a good enough tale.
Alba Rodriguez
3*Με κούρασε πολύ αυτο το βιβλίο μόνο απο την μέση και μετά είχε ενδιαφέρον...Άρρωστη Ιστορία :/
Victoria Mayhem
I sat and read this book in one sitting, hungry to discover where the author would go with the story. On reflection I can see that this was because the book was so slow to get going that I expected it to be the build up to a huge, earth-shattering finale. Sadly, the ending was rushed, and dissatisfying, with a very obvious twist.

Would I recommend this book? If the concept of stalking intrigues you, you have nothing else lined up to read & you can get hold of a copy for free then I'd give it
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Morgan Dungan
May 08, 2015 Morgan Dungan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I just could not get into the writing style of this novel. It was just awful.
Susana
Jun 24, 2014 Susana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy! That was a fcked up ending. I'm thinking sequel??
Kaymurray
Dec 14, 2014 Kaymurray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful...gave up after 40 or so pages.
Katy
Mar 09, 2010 Katy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pipa Guest
Really odd book which I didn't really enjoy and found to be very unsettling.
Ana
Jan 14, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic and surprising book!

The story flows smoothly, the structure is perfect and the writing very, very well mastered. I couldn't put it down and cursed today's society, that kills 8 hours of our days with work, when we could just be reading instead.
I especially loved the Noir twist and the playfulness with which the author alternates appearance and reality. It was by far the sweetest manipulation I've agreed to in a long time.
Joe Stamber
Mar 01, 2011 Joe Stamber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2000s
Sleep with me is about a couple who aren't having the most harminous time, partly due to the man's uncertain reaction to his partner's pregnancy. A mysterious young French (I think) girl enters their lives and everything gets weird and complicated. A few friends are involved in the tale, one of which is very irritating! I didn't much care for any of the characters, the story was okay but nothing more.
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Joanna Briscoe is the author of two novels, Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award; and Skin, which was runner-up for the Encore Award. Her short stories have featured in several anthologies. She was a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian and writes regularly for all the major newspapers and magazines. Joanna Briscoe lives in London with her family.

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