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After surviving a difficult year, Natalie Marsh is heading for Ellsberg Keep, an exclusive mountain resort that promises to provide the tranquility she desperately needs. She’s eager to relax and to reconnect with her estranged cousin Lily, who works as the Keep’s nurse—a reunion that begins abruptly when an accident on the winding mountain roads lands Natalie in the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
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Lucinda
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I think I know what's going on, I find out I have no clue. Seriously.

I grew up reading Agatha Christie, and thought she has some twisted stories, but Stephanie Black's are even more twisted.

I love these characters, Natalie and Gideon. This is the 3rd book featuring them, and I was really glad to see them together. They've been through a lot, both together and alone, and Natalie is ready for a reprieve, for some quiet time, while she reconnects with her cousin.

Of course, it doesn't
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Stephanie Black is an author whose books I have been reading for a long time. I know exactly what I'm going to get when I pick up one of her books and I love that.

This book is labeled suspense and there was some of that but to me it felt more like a mystery. The characters are trying to piece together what is happening around the Keep because things are definitely not as they should be. I kept trying to guess who the "bad guy" was but it was always changing. The author was great at casting
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amanda
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
To die, to sleep;
To sleep… perchance to dream


Imagine this

You’re on your way to a secluded resort to unwind because life is rough and we all need some pampering in our lives.

SO, on your way, driving up this crazy mountain and you stop and help this woman who no isn’t a ghost (my first thought of course) but she’s sick and you help her. As you’re helping her a car clips you and YOU go tumbling down the mountainside yourself. Happy vacation to you! What a great start to some peace and relaxation
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Cathy
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Suspense books are some of my very favorites! I’m always happy to be a little bit scared when I know I’m perfectly safe in my house. Stephanie Black’s books are some of my very favorite suspense novels. I never quite know what to expect when I open one of her books, but I always love them. This one was no different.

I’m just going to say up front that you need to read Mind Games before this one. If you don’t, I think you’ll be a bit confused about a few things. So start there!

This book has so
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Ash
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as already-own  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
ARC received!
Katie W
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellsberg Keep is a mysterious place shrouded in death and danger, and when Natalie finds herself right in the middle of the peril, she can't seem to tear herself away, even though she's had a rough year.

Natalie is a solid character. As a psychologist, she has experience dealing with the crazy, yet nothing could have prepared her for what she finds at Ellsberg Keep. I loved the anticipation of wondering what would happen next and thrilling whodunit element that kept me guessing.

Stephanie Black
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Mara
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a great suspense/thriller to read on Halloween, a dark and stormy night, or basically anytime this is the perfect book. The cover is eerily fantastic and the story inside is a maze of plot twists and turns.

Psychologist Natalie Marsh has had a difficult year and is overdue for some rest and relaxation, which is why she's going to Ellsberg Keep up in the mountains, which has no cell phone reception or internet. She plans to rest and get to know her cousin Lily who she hasn't
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Mandy
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
To Die To Sleep is a fantastic suspense novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats! This book was so good; I loved the intense suspense it carried throughout the whole story. I couldn't figure out who the villain was and enjoyed that so much of the plot was impossible to predict. Told from different characters perspectives, this novel was well written and the plot moved swiftly. Natalie is looking forward to a nice quiet break from her crazy life and reconnecting with her estranged ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
TO DIE, TO SLEEP is a murder mystery that begins pleasantly and then grows in intensity to the climatic end. Readers will find themselves cheering on these characters as they try to figure out what is going on. Recommended to fans of the author and genre.

I appreciated that even though this is the third book by this author with the same main characters, it can easily be read on its own. Having only read the first book, NOT A WORD, years ago these characters weren't real familiar to me, but I had
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Sheila
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I was less eloquent, I would review this book by saying, "WOW"! Since I try harder when reviewing a book I'll still say, "WOW" but tell you why. This novel is a non-stop thrill ride that keeps you wondering who did it and then suddenly you change your mind. I laughed as I suspected more and more characters until almost everyone in the book was a suspect. Black also has a way of adding more and more to the mystery with new baffling deaths and disappearances.

This is a game of CLUE that you
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Sydney
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc-copy
From page one, readers will be on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next in this mystery and suspense filled book. With intense danger at what feels like every corner and even deaths involved, this book is an emotional ride. This book will definitely keep readers guessing throughout the entire story. Readers will come to know the characters, or at least who they think the characters are in this fast paced and suspense filled story. This is one that mystery and suspense readers ...more
Mindy
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book excellently written and very gripping. It starts off with a bang and does not let go until the last page is reluctantly turned. The expert way this book is written, it simply pulls you in and does not let go. Poor Natalie! Wow, she has had it rough lately. :) As always, she is a fantastic character. I tried to figure out the plot as I read, then quickly gave up, because I honestly had no idea where the story would go. I love books like that. I love to be surprised and left in awe. To ...more
Stella Potts
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so suspenseful and keeps you guessing right up to the end. Very well written and well edited it is told from different characters POV. This is a murder mystery that takes place in an exclusive Mountain Resort where Dr. Natalie Marsh goes to spend some time reconnecting with her cousin Lily who works as a nurse in the Resort Infirmary. When the Owner dies and it seems to be Lily's fault things start going from bad to worse and the two get tangled up in some very dangerous situations ...more
Shauna
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING with one twist after another! I cannot even imagine going on a vacation like this...oh, but how fun it was to read about! Open these pages and welcome yourself to Ellsberg Keep. I highly recommend this book!
T.K.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a tense and emotional roller coaster! Once again, I feel so very bad for Natalie Marsh; she just isn't having a very nice life, and I wanted to throat-punch some of the characters that were tormenting her. However, I very much enjoyed the comic relief provided by the theatrical Anthony; it was nice to see some of the author's delightful sense of humor come through in one of her books. 4.25 stars
Rachel
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was so well written and grabbed my interest from the very beginning. As the plot thickened, I would form my guesses about who was responsible, only to have conflicting evidence be presented that made me question my opinions. I was hooked the whole way through! I would definitely recommend this book! ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This was a book that I did not want to put down. Stephanie Black wrote a book that kept me guessing until the very end. There were many plot twists and turns and unique characters that made this book a page-turner.

Ellsberg Keep sounds like an idyllic vacation ... unless you work there or are related to one of the employees. Then you find out that murder and mayhem are afoot.

Natalie Marsh is a psychologist who has been involved in a few too many murder mysteries. Reconnecting with her cousin was
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Jamie Ann Bartlett
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not generally a reader of Suspense novels, however, upon seeing the cover of Stephanie’s new book To Die To Sleep I knew I had to read it. I can honestly say I was not disappointed by this book. I have read suspense novels in the past which were predictable and quite honest boring in their own way. I like suspense novels to hold my interest and keep me guessing. To Die To Sleep kept me guessing. I had to take a break from reading so that I could brainstorm with my husband over who could be ...more
Tabitha
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I realized when I started reading this book that it was a sequel to another of Stephanie Black's books I'd already read, "Mind Games", or that there was another one before that one.

I also didn't realize that this book was a modern twisted Hamlet, even though that's the work of Shakespeare I probably knew the best because of multiple studies between junior high, high school and college. It was only after I'd started reading and things started happening that bells started ringing in
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Morgan
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! Its been a while since I have read a suspense novel and this one did not disappoint! I loved how it had that sort of "Hamlet" feel to it with intriguing twists and turns. Stephanie Black's writing is very well done and while reading this book I would find myself trying to take all the facts and try figure out who the culprit was. With every turn of the page, I would start getting suspicious of a different character thinking that they might be hiding something. The ...more
Charity Jacob
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to get an advanced copy of this book by Stephanie Black, and the following is my honest opinion.

I got sucked into the story pretty quick, but I also quickly found out that this book is also connected to other books by Stephanie Black. Books that I have not yet read. I must admit that I felt as though I wasn’t as connected to the characters, since I haven’t been getting to know them from the start from the other books. Despite that I still really enjoyed the book.

I was told
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Lori
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet!! I love a good suspenseful book that keeps u guessing throughout the whole book!! Such dramatic scenes!!
When I first opened this book I was immediately caught up in visiting with cousins Lily and Natalie.
I enjoyed every minute of it and I think it would make a great Halloween tale although I don't celebrate Halloween anymore.
Just creepy all the way through.
Sort of reminded me of the Adams family lol!!
I think what I liked best about it was the way the author pulled off all of these
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Kristin Peterson
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
To Die To Sleep is an intriguing murder mystery set at posh resort secluded in the mountains. Natalie Marsh just needs to get away from life and reconnect with her long lost cousin Lily. When the owner of the resort dies, Lily is beside herself, she thinks she might be the reason why.

The family will do anything to maintain the reputation of Ellsberg keep, including delay the announcement of the owners death. The mourning seems callous and unexpected as the story unfolds. No one is as they seem
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Rorie
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imagine going on a vacation to recover from some horrible happenings in your life, only to find yourself stuck in an overpriced retreat where people keep dying. That is Natalie's life in this book.

The author does a great job of keeping the reader guessing about who the bad guy is. Even when Natalie figured it out for real, I wasn't entirely convinced she was right, because it wasn't who I thought it was going to be.

I think Anthony and Finn were probably my favorite characters. The entire
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Debbie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
"To Die To Sleep" is a suspense novel. Natalie is injured when she stops to help someone on the side of the dangerous, winding road leading up to the resort. Before long, the owner is dead and some people question if the death might've been murder. A winter storm cuts off all outside help, and things grow more dangerous as more people go missing or turn up dead.

Natalie investigated to help clear her cousin's name, and she asked good questions that uncovered a tangled past. There were enough
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Cassy
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had me hooked from the beginning. Very reminiscent of Agatha Christie mystery, but modern and fast paced. I was very intrigued by Natalie and Gideon, but I wish I had read the author’s previous two books featuring them because there were a few references I just didn’t get and they were not explained even briefly in this novel.
The overall plot and conclusion of this book were really compelling. There were several possibilities as to who the murderer(s) could have been (which I loved!
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Stella
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
There's this trope of a woman on her way to a place when an accident occurs, involving people from the place. Jane Eyre, for example. I LOVE this trope. "To Die To Sleep" starts with Dr. Natalie Marsh driving to Ellsberg Keep. She sees a woman pulled over, and stops to help. Doing this.....leads to another accident, landing her in the infirmary with her cousin Lily.

This book as a whole is WILD. There's mental illness, a murder plot, an entertainment manager who is desperate to keep his job.
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George1st
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a roller coaster of a read this proved to be. A real page turner that this reader at least didn't know what direction the plot would lead to next. Twisting and turning just like the road leading up to the exclusive isolated mountain resort where Natalie Marsh on her way to meet her cousin suffers a roadside accident.

While recuperating she is quickly involved in uncovering the circumstances of the death of the delusional resort's owner. Was it an accident or something more sinister. Then
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Deirdre Rosenberg
Dec 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019
This is the first Stephanie Black book I’ve read and I have to say... it took me completely off guard. It had an extremely bizarre plot with very little set-up and very little introduction to characters. It kind of just started up full-throttle. The whole time I was reading it, I was thinking what a strange plot this novel has. I felt like I was missing something. Now, don’t get me wrong, my attention was held and I finished this book real quick. But I am left stunned by it’s weirdness and I am ...more
Emily Flynn
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The twists just kept coming with this thriller. Natalie Marsh was headed to a resort with no cell service to recover, get away from it all, and reconnect with a cousin she hadn't seen since she was a child. Little did she know she was about to get sucked into family drama beyond imagination, and it isn't even her family.

The twists and turns in this story just keep coming. It just shows you can't trust anyone when money and inheritances are involved. Natalie gets way more than she bargained for
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