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While You Were Sleeping

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,196 ratings  ·  766 reviews
Yesterday your life was perfect. Today you’ll find out that was all a lie.

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer. 

But her happiness is shattered when she wakes up one morning in her neighbour’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse – he has been sta
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published November 16th 2016 by Bookouture (first published November 14th 2016)
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Prasanthi Pathiyil I think it was Serena who sent the text. Absolutely not Lee. Serena and Tara were on good terms.

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Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

*3.5 STARS*

The 'finger of suspicion' has had a real workout in 'While You Were Sleeping'. It pointed first this way, then that, and then veered off in a completely different direction, bringing almost every character into the spotlight.

Tara Logan lives an unassuming life with husband Noah, and her children,17 year old Rosie and 11 year old Spencer. That is until she wakes up naked in her married neighbour
Chelsea Humphrey
Well, here I am finally writing a review for this one. I want to start by saying this isn't a bad book; on the one hand it was a fast paced, thrilling, and suspenseful read that easily kept the pages turning. When I started comparing this story to the quality of the author's previous 2 books I've read, it just fell a bit flat. I've always felt that Kat's books are well researched, well written, and have a compulsively readable notion, but this one only held sparks of those aspects. I do feel par ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 Stars

While You Were Sleeping has an enticing premise: While her husband is out of town, Tara Logan innocently has a glass of wine with her neighbor, Lee. The next thing she knows she wakes up naked in bed next to Lee, who has been brutally stabbed to death. Tara can’t remember any details of the night. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, there are just too many unbelievable events and foolish characters that prevent this book from being a must read.

Tara, who cannot figure out if she slept wi
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Imagine yourself waking up in a bedroom that's not your own.
A bed, that's not your own.
By a man that isn't your husband.
And you are naked.

The man is covered in blood, but you aren't.

There begins the drama right at the opening chapters.
Of course, you need to read on......
And so I did, halfway through the book later I just do not want to put this book down. It's compulsive reading material and I'm being ensnared by all the spinning spiders webs that have reeled me craftily within the very core of
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third Kathryn Croft book I have read and I have found them all to be great reads and this was probably the best of the three.
In this novel Tara Logan wakes up naked in a neighbours bed to find him dead and has no recollection of the events leading up to it. Tara lives with her husband Noah and her two children Rosie and eleven year old Spencer. Her normal quiet life is thrown into turmoil, not knowing what has happened and how her neighbour has been murdered.
She is convinced she didn
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Secrets and lies. Who's telling the truth and who is keeping a secret? That is the question.

This was one fascinating concept, and something that is easy to scare the pants off anyone - what if you woke up naked, in your neighbors bed, and not only do you have no recollection of how you got there, but he is also stabbed to death. Scary premise.

I could honestly not put this book down, I read it in less than 24 hours and it would have been faster had I not had to adult. This is a gripping, fast-p
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, uk
2.5 stars.
I enjoyed Kathryn Croft's previous books, The Girl You Lost and The Girl With No Past, but I'm afraid While You Were Sleeping wasn't the right book for me. It had a really intriguing premise: A woman wakes up next to her murdered neighbor without memory of the previous night. Unfortunately, the execution had several flaws.
I think this will appeal to readers who don't mind ignoring plot holes and things that just don't make sense and who can just enjoy this for what it is, a piece of f
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Looking at my one singular star, you can probably tell that I did not enjoy this book. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, but it was probably one of the worst I have read this year. So whilst I give 1 star for effort, and perhaps another half for getting it published, I am finding it hard to point out anything I actually liked about While You Were Sleeping, except the title, which sounded intriguing, and the general premise of the story, which I thought held great potential and made me req ...more
Judy D Collins
From one of my favorite UK authors, following Kathryn Croft’s The Girl You Lost (2016) and The Girl With No Past (2015)- comes her latest, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, Croft’s best yet!

The author possess a knack for crafting engrossing psychological thrillers, in the event, you have not heard.

An edgy and tightly constructed, "impossible to put down" mind-boggling crime mystery suspense. Cleverly crafted, a wickedly smart twisty domestic page-turner.

As the book opens, Tara wakes up in a bed na
Adrian Dooley
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the premise of this book. The setup is great and should make for an intriguing read, and at times it is, but sadly it loses its way plenty of times and ultimately leaves the reader cold and unsatisfied.

Our main character and narrator in the book, Tara wakes up in her neighbours bed, a man called Lee, with no recollection of how she ended up there. She's naked and Lee is lying beside her. But Lee is covered in blood and Lee is dead.
Tara flees the scene back to her own house shocked and
Linda Strong
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
She wakes up naked ... not in her own bed, not in her own room. Beside her is a man who is not her husband...but she knows who he is. He is dead, covered in blood. She has no memory of how she got there or what has obviously happened.

Tara Logan makes a decision ... get home and pretend this never happened.

She has a husband and two children. Her husband, Noah, is away on business. Her daughter, Rosie, has problems. The son, Spencer, is the only bright spot in this dysfunctional family. Noah has h
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I now understand why there are so many conflicting reviews for this book.

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING by Kathryn Croft is a psychological suspense/thriller that is fast paced and a page turner, with many red herrings and twists. It will keep you reading until the end, but it was not my favorite.

When Tara Logan wakes up naked next to her dead neighbor in his bed, she has no memory of how she got there or what happened. She dresses, runs across the road to her own home and decides not to say anything.
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OMG.... !!!!!

What was that!?!?!?!?

The story was mixed in a tricky way with a lot of suspects. Of course there were mistakes and omissions. It was like the writer not felt 100% safe for the choices or even be afraid that would be lost in complexity.
I felt that it went from a safe distance.
But the point of the book achieved ... the guilty was caught and the most important was that it did not go my mind to that person only when I discovered by the writer ...

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Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Tara Logan wakes up one morning in a strange bed with no memory of the night before. When she finds that she is in her neighbor's bed and he is covered in blood and has been murdered she panics and heads for home. Tara knows no matter what she remembers she would never have killed anyone so in order to protect her family she keeps her secret.

When the police come knocking on their door though Tara and her family find themselves right in the middle of the investigation. Not only does Tara have he
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Oh my goodness you guys, I loved this book! I was literally hooked from the first page!

Definitely one of my favorite thrillers I've read this year!

While You Were Sleeping starts with Tara waking up in her neighbor Lee's bed, with no memory of how she got there. She remembers going to his house having a drink or two, and then nothing. Problem number one? They are both married to other people. Problem number two? She wakes up to Lee's dead body next to her. Dun dun dunnnnnn!

The story continues a
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I have read a few books by this author now and hands down this is the best one of hers I have read so far.

The author had me well and truly gripped right from the start. Not only is Tara desperate to know how she ends up finding herself waking up next to her dead neighbours body, but so was I.

It feels like Tara is going slightly mad, she is racking her brain to try and remember what happened that fateful evening. She knows there is no way she did it but she has no other explanation.

Not only is Ta
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
While You Were Sleeping is a psychological thriller which focuses on Tara Logan and her family and the effect that keeping secrets can have on your family, friends and those you are closest to. Tara wakes up next to her dead neighbour, in his bed. What happened to Lee? And why is Tara there?

I read this book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down because the narrative is almost compulsive in its delivery. The characterisation is interesting too. To be honest, the only character I liked, was 11 y
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Holy smokes, what an exciting and suspenseful read! There was twist after twist, and turn after turn in this one. What a completely addicting read, I was sucker punched repeatedly and the hits just kept on coming. I LOVE when a book can keep blindsiding me, and this one managed to do it many times. I was feeling like the dreaded reading slump was knocking on my door, but after reading this, the slump is no longer lingering!

Tara wakes up, naked
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed reading The Girl You Lost so I was really pleased when I was approved for a arc of this one by netgalley and was looking forward to getting comfy in my favourite chair and enjoying a really good book.The synopsis made the story sound like my sort of thriller and the story does have quite a few twists and red herrings that keep the reader guessing.The mystery of who murdered Tara`s neighbour Lee was intreguing,my problem with the book was the actions and behaviour of the characte ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tara Logan wakes up naked in her neighbour Lee's bed, she has no idea how she got there, or why Lee has a knife hanging out of him. The first thing Tara does know is that she had nothing to do with this man's death and the second is that she does not want her family finding out. Tara's husband is away on business, her daughter Rosie has her own set of issues and her son Spencer is also keeping quiet about his sister's problems. This is a great psychological thriller, lies, secrets and people wit ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kathryn Croft for the opportunity to read this book in return for a fair and honest review.

This book grabbed me from the very first page and kept me enthralled until the very last page. Psychological thriller is definitely the right genre for this book, I loved every minute of it.

Tara Logan wakes up in a strange bed naked and that is the least of her problems. Apparently, she is in this bed with her neighbor Lee Jacobs, who is also naked but covered in blood
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, adult, mystery
Terrible way to wake up
Imagine that you wake up in bed with a guy you don't know so well and you don't even remember how you ended up there. That's exactly what happens with Tara Logan. She wakes up in bed with a man who lives in the same neighborhood as her. She discovers something is wrong and she runs out in the middle of the night to her own house. Next day, the entire neighborhood gets shocked, when they get to know that Lee is dead. Tara doesn't tell anyone that she was with him the night
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to use Twitter to inform Kathryn Croft that her sign up page is not working. She finally got back to me that she is sorting it out.
I really enjoyed Kathryn Croft's fifth book While You Were Sleeping and it is an excellent thriller page turner that I recommend to bloggers. Married Tara had been drinking with her neighbour and she woke up in his bed, but the only thing was he was dead and covered in blood. Although Tara had no account of what happened she was certain that she didn't kill him
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Full review is on my blog here.

I've listened two books one after another from Kathryn Croft this week on Audible. Silent Lies and While You were Sleeping. I must admit they're pretty quick to finish, however I am not sure if I liked them. I guess they were okay, well at least Silent Lies were better I think.

The problem is that these books contain too much domestic drama! I know most thrillers have this sort of subjects going on, but the characters in these books were not feeling real at all.

Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a crazy creepy read. Waking up next door at your neighbor's house in your neighbor's bed naked with your neighbor? No idea how you got there or what had happened the night before? Then to find out that your neighbor is dead?

Your a suspect, your teenage lying daughter who was stalking a boy last year in school is a suspect and your cheating husband who was supposed to be in New York, but was still in town is a suspect. Then you have this creepy guy, Mikey from school where you teach who
Louise Wilson
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. When she wakes up in the morning Tara Logan realises she is not in her own bed. The man lying next to her is not her husband. She is naked and she is dead. Tara has no idea what happened the night before. She decides to leave her neighbours house without informing anyone what had happened and hoping no one has seen her leave the house.

With the police investigating, Tara and her family are right in the middle of it all. Tara is not the only one keeping secrets, so is her husband and da
Heather L
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Melissa Borsey
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This is a tough book to review because I want to tell you that I didn't like it however, I wasn't able to put it down. I had to know who the "real" murderer was. There were so many people to choose from because this story is filled with liars and people who just like to avoid talking things out. So many of the situations in this story are just downright implausible and that's what makes this book so annoying. It is n ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller, uk
I found this book very easy to read, the overall plot was quite good, and the book well written, which is a must. But the characters were something else.
Tara Logan wakes up in her neighbor's bed. She's naked, he's dead. What on earth has happened? She can't remember anything, so she flees across the street to her house and family.

Enter her family: husband Noah, daughter Rosie, son Spencer and sister Lisa. Welcome to some of the most unrelatable book characters you've met. The husband is a cheate
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Preposterous. I despised every single character in this book and the ridiculous plot was completely unbelievable from both a police procedural standpoint and a mystery. The notion that someone could wake up naked in a neighbor's bed with said neighbor bloody and dead beside her compounded by amnesia and what must be completely inept police with no DNA or forensics capabilities...I'll stop here. Don't recommend.

This is the first by this author I've read. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for th
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