Tuesday, 9 July 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Sleep Room - F R Tallis

Release Date: 04/07/13
Publisher:  Macmillan

As haunting as Susan Hill's The Woman in Black and as dark as James Herbert's The Secret of Crickley Hall, F. R. Tallis's The Sleep Room is where your nightmares begin ...When promising psychiatrist, James Richardson, is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime, he is thrilled. Setting off to take up his post at Wyldehope Hall in deepest Suffolk, Richardson doesn't look back. One of his tasks is to manage a controversial project -- a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbed patients are kept asleep for months. As Richardson settles into his new life, he begins to sense something uncanny about the sleeping patients -- six women, forsaken by society. He begins to question why the trainee nurse is so on edge when she spends nights alone with them. And what can it mean when all the sleepers start dreaming at the same time? It's not long before Richardson finds himself questioning everything he knows about the human mind as he attempts to uncover the shocking secrets of The Sleep Room


Frank Tallis is an author with many tales to tell and whilst I’ve enjoyed his historical crime I love the way that he’s managed to bring not only the mystery to the fore but added a creepy urban fantasy element within that will keep you sat up for quite some time when you prepare for bed. Not because it’s a hard slog, but lets face it when you have a good scare, trying to get to sleep until the sun comes up is harder than anything else you’ve ever done.

As with his first Urban Fantasy, the tale is wonderfully paced, has a great set of twists and when you throw into the mix an ability to get right under the readers skin all round makes this something wonderful to snuggle in the duvet with. Great stuff.

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