Last year, I read The People Next Door by Keri Beevis and really enjoyed it, rating it 9 out of 10. So when I heard her new book The Sleepover was out, I was keen to read it.
The book begins with the prologue, explaining that five children aged 13 became known as the Hixton Five – Lauren Bell, Jill Goldberg, Natasha Hogan (Tash), Rosie Emerson and Hannah Freemont. Twenty years later, they are saying the monster has been freed.
Onto the present day. Hannah Cole (nee Freemont) has moved to Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coat to live in the flat she inherited from her nan. She has started up her Pawsome Pet Services business. She left Hixton at nineteen and is reluctant to return, but her mother is trying to persuade her to go there for her and Hannah’s stepfather’s silver wedding party.
We meet Hannah’s best friend Rosie Emerson and Hannah’s ex-husband Josh. There’s also the arrival of Liam Quinn, who arrives at Hannah’s flat to talk about Eileen Wickham (the monster). He is writing a non-fiction book on the events that happened twenty years ago. This coincides with Eileen Wickham (now 63) being released from prison after 20 years. She goes to live with her son Bill.
As strange things begin to happen to the Hixton Five, who is responsible?
There’s a lot going on in the book and I enjoyed trying to work it all out. I especially loved the character of Liam Quinn and trying to decide if he was a good guy or a bad guy, as well as enjoying his developing relationship with Hannah.
I didn’t find this to be as much of a page turner as The People Next Door, but it did hold my interest and I was keen to finish reading it and to be able to put all the puzzle pieces together.
When you’re a kid, you imagine monsters to have horns and fangs. That they hide under the bed or in the wardrobe. And you believe they can only come after you when it’s dark.
You don’t expect them to look like everyday people or that they may be someone you already know…
The summer in question started out with hot, fun-filled days and new friendships.
We had just turned thirteen and had our whole lives ahead of us.
But that was before her…
Before we became known as the Hixton Six and our lives become defined by one night.
It’s hard to believe twenty years have passed since she was locked away.
But now she’s free and strange things have started to happen.
When I close my eyes, the creeping anxiety and fear is overwhelming and all too real.
Because the monster is back, and I know she has a score to settle with us.
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Author Bio –
Keri Beevis is the internationally bestselling author of Dying To Tell, Deep Dark Secrets, Trust No One, Every Little Breath and The People Next Door. Dying To Tell reached no. 1 in the Amazon chart in Australia and was a top 25 hit in the UK. Keri wrote her first novel at age twenty, but it was a further twenty years before she was published, after winning a contract in a competition run by a small press. She lives in Norfolk, along with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel).
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