Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge by the publisher (via netgally) in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis (from amazon)
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. Why is the trainee nurse 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 . .
When looking up this book on amazon I became glad that it had been the American publisher offering it on netgally because the UK cover is awful. Looks like some sort of 80s horror novel. If that had been the cover I wouldn’t have even looked at it, let alone request it.
I suppose that goes to show, you can’t always judge a book by its cover (although I can’t say I’ll stop- it’s usually a good indication of the type of book). You see, actually, I quite enjoyed The Sleep Room.
Right from the beginning I could see the gothic elements which reminded me a lot of Jane Eyre in particular. In fact to be honest at times it felt a little bit too like Jane Eyre- almost as if scene ideas had been picked out of the story.
Part of the reason I wanted to read The Sleep Room was the gothic element, but I was also interested in the psychological background.
Those were as it turned out the most interesting bits for me, the psychology section. I would have liked more of it actually, and I felt that Tallis didn’t feel that he had enough psychological knowledge to write a book based in a psychiatric hospital. I could kind of see tricks which meant Tallis didn’t have to show too much psychological knowledge. I’m a psychology graduate so I can’t help but be a bit critical of psychology elements in stories.
The overall thing I enjoyed rather a lot though, and the ending really made it.
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