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While the Others Sleep

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When Alfie Mandeville's insomnia threatens to embarrass his wealthy family he is sent to Scarbrook House, a sanatorium for wealthy children. Troubled by the eerie atmosphere and skittish patient, Alfie s condition gets worse, not better. He falls under the spell of the charismatic and cruel William Travers, who seems to delight in bullying the other patients. A mysterious ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 4th 2013 by Scholastic Children's Books
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Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
While The Others Sleep is nothing i ever read before. I find it so strange i never heard about this book before i picked it up and even after i picked it up i haven't heard anything about it. I found this book at a Discound book event and i found it interesting.. so i gave it a go. While The Others Sleep it so different then any other Young Adult/Middle grade book i have read. And i say that in a good way!

When i read the blurb of this book and saw the creepy cover matching its blurb i was immedi
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book – the setting in a Victorian era asylum for young adults I really enjoyed! The differing patients at the asylum with their various mental afflictions I thought worked really well and I liked the main character Alfie.

This book, as a person who LOVES their sleep, made me absolutely dread ever becoming a sufferer of insomnia to the extent of Alfie – no substantial sleep for months on end would be absolutely horrific!

While I did enjoy the ‘twist’ aspect of this story and I underst
May 22, 2013 added it
The air was black with foul curses.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Kept me reading - interesting setting / time period, and quite well written characters, but wasn't amazing. I think good for 13+ - and those that enjoy a good scare and want something different - it gets scarier and more gory as it goes. ...more
Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page)
While The Others Sleep is not a book that I had heard much about before I received it in the post, and I still haven't heard all that much about it now that it's been released, which is a real shame. This book is very different to most of the young adult literature which is offered today, and I mean that in a very positive way!

As soon as I read the blurb of this book, matched with the creepy cover, I was so eager to read it. I'm not a massive fan of horror, but I'm majorly intrigued by old sanat
Adele Broadbent
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my kind of book!
It’s 1897 and Alfie Mandeville is admitted to Scarbrook House - A Sanatorium for disturbed children of wealthy families. He hopes he will be cured of the insomnia that has plagued him for months. He soon makes friends – in particular, an older boy called William Travers. William is strange at times and even cruel to other patients, but Alfie sticks by him as a friend. The Head doctor (Grenfell) has been an expert in treating children but is now a closet drunk. He takes in
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an atmospheric, gothic horror novel for teens. Set in 1897 in a sanitarium for the children of the wealthy, we follow Alfie who is sent there to try and cure his insomnia. Things aren’t all that they seem. The institution is populated with many interesting characters, I would have liked to learn more about. The author does a good job of building up the tension before the surprising plot twist reveal at the end. I feel like this book should have a sequel as it left me wanting to know mor ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
All over the place.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite what I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless!
Myra King
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The twist means the rest of the book no longer made sense.
Bryn Holmes
When I first picked up this book, I was imagining it to be some kind of somewhat spooky ghost story. It would have an interesting set of spirits, human conflict, a few good shivers, but an otherwise happy ending. And for the first half it appeared to be just that. Having now completed the book, I can now see it's true intent. The first half was merely created to leave us in a false sense of security. Then about halfway, the action picks up, and the book gets suddenly nasty. The twists and turns ...more
Lavender  Sparrow
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a brilliant, atmospheric and creepy book. There is no waiting around for the story to get started your drawn into the darkness right away. There are a few characters with their own troubles going on. My personal favourite character and story was Selenas. I could have read a full book just about her and what was happening in her world. The setting was perfect, a remote mansion out in the country really made you feel that these people where cut off from any help and in this alone.
My only
Maia Saggers
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my favourite reads of the year so far. The character development was amazing and the writing style made the story so enjoyable.

I felt an instant connection to the main characters and their mental afflictions made the story more realistic and enlightens the reader to those sorts of things.

The storyline was amazing as well with twists and turns. The ending was such a twist that it really pushed that five stars. I also strongly enjoy the letter chapter which basically gives a
Fiona Joyce
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghost-horror
Fantastic period ghost come horror book. Does deal with adult mental issues in the end but I just could not put it down. If you like horror and mental institutions and ghost/supernatural type themes this is the best book to read .
Leanne Neilson
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good story but a bit heavy for a young adults book I think. It is a paranormal thriller but very, very dark. I liked it and the twists at the end were well placed. I would recommend for older readers, 15+.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good read!
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
very good, extremely good cliffhanger at the end that you would no way ever expect and scary
Laura Bennie
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am 12 and lots of my friends and other people think it should be a 15+ book but I loved it. It is my favourite book other than the fault in our stars and I have read it 5 times, great book!
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
So creepy. Really interesting read and a full review will come shortly,but a fab YA horror.
Kimberley-May McGurdy
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great little find! This book sinks it claws in right from the start!
Twists and turns!
This book is a complete surprise from start to finish! An easy read but full of surprise!
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Tom Becker grew up in a market town in the northwest of England, dreaming of becoming a writer. He won the 2007 Waterstones' Children's Book Prize with his first novel, Darkside, and has continued to blur the lines between history and fantasy in brooding adventure and horror stories such as The Traitors and While The Others Sleep. He has also published an adult novel, The Cold Tap, on Kindle under ...more

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