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Another Night, Another Day: A Novel

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  679 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Three people, each crying out for help.
There's Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they're brought together at Moreland's Clinic.
Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another, and share
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 23rd 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 17th 2014)
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May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Sarah Rayner*

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to react to this book. As someone who has anxiety I find it quite tough to read such realistic portrayals of mental health issues. It's something which can sometimes trigger something in me which makes me really focus on myself and anxiety. It brings back a flood of memories that I'd sooner forget so on just accepting this book to read was a big enough challenge. Having finished the
Shelagh Rice
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very enjoyable read from Sarah Rayner. This is the third book in her series, number 1 being One Moment, One Morning followed by The Two Week Wait, although they all stand alone as individual novels and you don't have to have read the others to enjoy this one. Sarah Rayner is a writer of what I call chick-lit with balls. Her stories are about women and their friendships with a very strong thread for each book, bereavement and infertility issues in her previous books and depression and ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Sarah Rayner right from her first novel. I see that Karen is back in this one.

I have to say, this isn't a series of books, they are stand alone but it was nice to catch up with a character from a previous book with Karen being now somewhat older.

Mental Health has a stigma attached to it, yes, even after all these years, so it was great for me to see this author tackle it in such a readable way. I live with a husband who comes under "the mental health care" as he suffers with Bi
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems a bit odd to say that a book about mental health problems is “readable” but this book is just that – extremely readable and it is all down to the three main characters. Karen is a mother of two, recently widowed and is now coping with the illness of her father. Abby has a tough time caring for her son Callum who has autism, and matters aren’t helped because her marriage is on the verge of breaking down. Small businessman Michael is struggling to keep his florist business afloat, but ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an warm and approachable novel about a difficult subject - mental health. Its quite a feat to write truthfully and humorously about people dealing with anxiety and depression but the author pulls it off.

What’s unusual about this novel is its depiction of the mental health challenges of people from very varied walks of life and the compelling detail of their journeys to recovery.

Sarah Rayner continues the stories of some familiar faces from her previous novels and introduces new
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a book club and it very much reads like a book club novel. It was painful to read at times. It felt like someone had taken an intro psych course, did a few readings on how to write a novel (for example, side characters should have two defining characteristics) and just went for it. I don't enjoy books where I feel like I can see the writing process in the writing. I'll also be the first to admit I'm not generally into reading books with a domestic theme or set in Britain. ...more
Lucy Perry
‘Another Night, Another Day’ is the story of three people from the Brighton area who’s world’s collide when they meet at a private psychiatric care facility. All three are having tough times in their lives and all three are desperately in need of help.

I really enjoyed the way the book is split into sections where it helps us understand each of the characters problems, their admission into the facility, their journey there and what happens once they’re out. This was a well-researched and honest
Bridget Whelan
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still don't know how Sarah Rayner has made a realistic and moving account of mental health problems in 21st century Britain into a page-turner, but she has.
She doesn't duck issues: private and NHS care are compared and contrasted and she explores the problems of her three main characters with such emotional clarity that it feels as though you are walking around in someone else's shoes - a remarkable achievement.
This is a book written with a quiet, understated skill. I read it in a couple of
Kathleen Cox
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book this is. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone that is going through a bad time in their life, or those that want an insight into how their loved ones are coping with a mental illness.

My own father passed away almost 8 weeks ago so when I read on the back of the book "there's Karen, worried about her dying father..." I was both interested and slightly nervous with starting a book that was going to hit very close to home.

I have had trouble in the past year
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Another Night, Another Day - to be published by Picador in the UK on 17 July - is the third novel by Sarah Rayner featuring her Brighton-based characters. If you haven't read the other two, don't worry - these are companion novels rather than sequels, and some of the same characters feature in each. The first was One Moment, One Morning, the first time we meet Karen, Anna and Lou, whose lives were changed for ever by a dramatic incident on a train. The central themes of that book were death, ...more
Juliet Loves Books
Another Night, Another Day starts with two therapists talking to one another in a psychiatric clinic and you know something dreadful has happened but it's not clear what. From there it goes back a few months in time to explore three characters living in Brighton. There's Karen, whose father is ill, Abby, who is finding looking after her son with autism an increasing strain and Michael, whose florist shop is in trouble.

When their lives unravel (about a quarter of the way into the book) they're
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A realistic look at mental health issues. In a note from the author she informs the reader that she wanted to write this novel having had first-hand experience of anxiety and depression.
She feels that because the problems of mental illness are very real and painful that mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health. Too often sufferers are told to pull themselves together or snap out of it. This is often because the symptoms are just not visible, but also hard for any of us to
Laura Kay Bolin
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In some ways, this is a difficult book to review. The storyline is dealing with depression, not a story to get all excited about. Another Night, Another Day is a very well written character driven story following the lives of three individuals fighting very real demons in their lives. They find themselves in a clinic facing the truth of the lives they've been fighting. I found myself particularly drawn to Karen. I could relate to her grief process and some
Laura Wilkinson
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book about depression that is moving, funny and uplifting? Yes, really. This character-driven story of three people’s descent into mental ill health is as compelling as any thriller I’ve read in the past year. Add to this sensitivity, humour and tender insightfulness and you’ve an absolute corker of a novel.
Like Sarah Rayner’s previous novels, Another Night, Another Day is set principally in Brighton. In it we follow Abby, who is crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage and caring 24/7
Matthew Tinsley
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest, and hopefully not the last in the series of Brighton-based books with an ensemble cast who will be familiar to anyone having read "One Moment, One Morning" and "The Two Week Wait". "Another Night, Another Day" stands on its own as a book unafraid to tackle an unfashionable subject, mental illness, and to get to the heart of the suffering endured by those caught in its grip.

We see the various roads which lead the different characters to end up needing professional help, and are shown
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, literary
Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner is a beautiful work of literary fiction, which takes the reader into the lives of three people seeking help at Moreland’s Psychiatric Clinic. Each character is realistically written and easy to identify with; Karen is struggling with the trying to be a single mom and the caregiver to her ill father, Abby is trying to cope with the strain of caring for her autistic son, and Michael is dangerously close to bankruptcy and has a family to support. Mental ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Night, Another Day
Sarah Rayner

These are the key characters...

Abby, Michael and Karen are the main characters in this book.


A small town outside of London, various houses and the mental clinic where all of them meet.

Simply put...what's going down in this book...

Every one is so sad! Abby has Callum...her unpredictable non talking autistic son. Her wears her down. She is also about to be divorced from her husband. Karen...poor sweet Karen is a widow...a recent widow. She does
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people don't realize that depression is an illness. - Jonathan Davis

ANOTHER NIGHT, ANOTHER DAY is a big story about ordinary people. These are people you might meet any day of the week - at the grocery store, walking down the street, at the florist. There is Karen, mother of two, who has been widowed for two years. There is Michael (not Mike) who is a florist and is over his head in debt. Then there is Abby, separated (kind of) from her husband and mother to a severely autistic son.

Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reading copy of "Another Night Another Day" and I was slightly apprehensive to read it because I knew that it dealt with mental illness. However, as soon as I picked up the book I fell in love with the characters.

It's a story of a group of strangers, each facing difficulties of some sort (i.e. divorce, infidelity, death of a loved one, bankruptcy, etc. ) who meet at a health clinic in order to deal with their mental illnesses.

What this book made me realize is that family
A Grant
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another night, another day proved to be once again a brilliant novel by Sarah Rayner. The three characters Karen, Michael and Abby are all struggling in different ways in their lives and reach a point where they need help. This brings them to the Moreland’s clinic; a place that enables them to face their difficulties, comfort those around them and find a positive way forward. Sarah Rayner has clearly not only researched the topic of mental health well but also shows an empathetic and true ...more
Megan Jones
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abby, Michael and Karen are all attending Moreland's Clinic for one reason or another. To start with you learn about their personal situations and then follow them through their treatment and recovery and learn about them as they also learn about themselves. Asw ith the other books by Rayner there are characters in this from her other books, Lou is in it as a friend of Karen and we first met Karen in 'One Moment, One Morning' and so this adds something nice to the book. This book si very moving ...more
Niki Baier
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read both One Moment One Morning and the Two Week Wait so it was great to catch up with the characters again - all be it with the focus on Karen dealing with the events that she has faced in the last couple of years.
Beautifully written and so easy to read, the more you get to know of the characters the more I like and empathise with them.
Sarah Rayner has written a lovely novel which while focusing on depression and the terrible fear that people face when suffering is still an uplifting
Bobbie Darbyshire
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her latest Brighton-based novel, ‘Another Night, Another Day’, Sarah Rayner doesn’t just tell a great story, she speaks to the vulnerabilities in all of us when life threatens to become overwhelming or loses its meaning. I was soon gripped by the predicaments of three stressed, unhappy people – Karen, Michael and Abby – who meet as voluntary patients in a psychiatric clinic. They make new friends and are offered insights, but their problems (bereavement, bankruptcy, and the prospect of caring ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In between "heavier" books, I slipped in a book that I knew was "lighter" and would be quick to read. I have never read UK author Sarah Rayner before, but I thought she did well with character development and dialogue. And I loved the Brit words I had never heard before. This story of three people who come to a local private mental health clinic reminded me that depression, when it gets out of hand, is a universal health problem. I wasn't compelled by this book, but it was a very interesting way ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
I love when writers tackle subjects that are worth writing about, but I really love it when they pull it off brilliantly. Rayner captures the truths in such a compelling way. She adds in the human side, she creates the realness and included the good the bad and the ugly side of mental illness. You cannot help but root for the characters, become attached and hope for nothing but the best for a happy outcome for all. What an emotional read, but so well done! 4 stars
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about several people having a life crisis and suffering depression as a result. I have lived with depression for most of my life and thought that I would be able to relate to this book. Instead I found it trite and annoying and I had to force myself to continue reading it. I didn't find any sort of depth to any of the characters, there wasn't much of a plot, and the parts containing therapy read like a psychology text book.
Helen Costello
Thoroughly enjoyed - Great for reading on a long train journey. Interesting angle to cover mental health issues in every day families. Descriptions of a child with autism were spot on.
Jayne Charles
It was interesting to pick up the lives of the characters I had met in a previous novel - not quite where I left off as it turns out there's another novel in between, but this was not a problem, and indeed this could be read as a stand-alone novel.

The first part was very good - engaging characters and interesting scenarios. I like the way the story has a workaday normalness to it - the characters could be people you would meet on the street or live next door to, and they hit everyday problems.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
really, really good book, a 'women's book' about mental illness and suffering and getting help and working through it with friends, i read it in one sitting and it made me cry a lot but it was very insightful and accurate about mental illness, people get better a little bit quick as they have to to fit in the book! but yes it helped me a bit, reading about people a little like me (my social situation is very different). For instance it's very true that the worst bit can be leaving support. ...more
Hilary Rowell
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good insight into anxiety & depression

I really enjoyed "One Moment, One Morning" and was delighted to see some of the characters returning in this book. I got a bit stuck in the section set in the private psychiatric hospital Morelands, it was all a bit too wordy and worthy, but overall it is an excellent illustration of the inner turmoil of someone with anxiety and/or depression. The characters were flawed but likeable, and the story develops apace.
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Sarah Rayner ( is the author of the international bestseller, 'One Moment, One Morning' (2010). Her two latest novels, 'The Two Week Wait' (2012) and 'Another Night, Another Day' (2014), are also set in Brighton, England, and feature some of the same characters.

As a novelist, Sarah is known for tackling difficult subjects such as bereavement, infertility and mental illness