the_sleeperThe Sleeper  – Emily Barr

This month’s book is a wonderful psychological thriller. Lara Finch is living a lie.

Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace. Only her friend Iris disbelieves the official version of events, and sets out to find her. For Iris, it is the start of a voyage that will take her further than she’s ever travelled and on to a trail of old crimes and dark secrets. For Lara, it is the end of a journey that started a long time ago. A journey she must finish, before it destroys her…


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There are no spoilers in this review.

The Night Train

An excellent article in The Guardian that describes the pleasure that the night train gives to so many of us. Having travelled on it many times myself I think the journalist has summed it up perfectly.

Britain only has two night trains, the Riviera and the Caledonian (Cornwall and Scotland respectively) This is a nice potted history of our service.

Further Reading

The First Wife  – Emily Barr
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
Before I Go to Sleep – SJ Watson

Further watching

The Lady Vanishes – although the film and this book are not related there are some nice comparisons. Both are psychological thrillers, both are excellent and both have a strong Cornish connection. The book is obviously Cornish but did you know the Hitchcock directed The Lady Vanishes and of course Hitchcock brought du Maurier’s claasic  The Birds and Rebecca to the silver screen.

Get your copy

Grab a copy and join in. You can borrow a copy from your local library buy a copy from your local bookshop or online at Hurley Books