Sleep No More

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The night was always Abby Whitman's enemy. As a young girl she walked in her sleep, and one night, she started a fire that scarred her sister for life and left Abby with unbearable guilt . . . and a loneliness that echoes within her. Now Abby has begun blacking out again—with apparently fatal results. A car accident has killed the son of a prominent family. Even though the evidence seems to exonerate her, Abby is plagued by doubts—and soon by mysterious threats. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Coble is intrigued by Abby ...

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The night was always Abby Whitman's enemy. As a young girl she walked in her sleep, and one night, she started a fire that scarred her sister for life and left Abby with unbearable guilt . . . and a loneliness that echoes within her. Now Abby has begun blacking out again—with apparently fatal results. A car accident has killed the son of a prominent family. Even though the evidence seems to exonerate her, Abby is plagued by doubts—and soon by mysterious threats. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Coble is intrigued by Abby and offers to help her explore the dark recesses of her mind. Through this terrifying journey, Jason's interest turns to passion, and he yearns to give her the love she craves. But first, Abby must trust him—and shed light on secrets that will rock this Southern town and reveal a danger that threatens them both.

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Crandall (Seeing Red) delivers a rather pedestrian piece of romantic suspense. Smalltown Southerner Abby Whitman's childhood sleepwalking led to a fire that killed her sister and destroyed the old family home. When a mysterious car accident kills a senator's son, Abby worries that she ran him over in her sleep. Rather than seeking help, Abby makes the ridiculous decision to stay awake for as long as she can. Handsome psychiatrist Jason Coble tries to help her while battling problems of his own, including an alcoholic ex-wife and a teenage stepson who conveniently dislikes Abby and wants Jason to come home. As Jason and Abby get closer to the truth of the accident, affection supposedly grows between them, but flat characters and purple prose (“What would it be like to orbit around him, she a moon to his planet?”) do away with any shreds of passion or tension. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446556842
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 359,802
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Crandall makes her home in Noblesville, Indiana. This is her eighth novel.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Childhood Trauma Can Haunt You

    Abby is left mentally scarred by a childhood accident. While sleepwalking she burned down the family home and physically scarred her sister.

    Now she has isolated herself from the world, not spending a night under a roof with another person. She thinks hiding from the world will protect others until the night she believes she drove in her sleep and killed a young man.

    Her world is ripped to pieces until Dr. Jason becomes a part of it and things start not adding up and everything Abby has believed her whole life may not be true. Their small Southern town holds a lot of secrets and someone is trying to make sure Abby doesn't learn the truth.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Great read

    Great read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    Sleep No More by Susan Crandall

    My Thoughts: I read this book in one reading session. Why? Because I was immediately drawn into the story by Abby Whitman's character. If you read the book information above, you know the guilt and life altering memories Abby lives with. But when I read that she never slept under the same roof with anyone for fear of causing them injury, my heart connected with this vulnerable and lonely woman who has the inner strength to deny herself, to keep those she loves safe.

    Jason Coble, the local psychiatrist, makes a good counter-part to Abby's character. He's sensitive, vulnerable where his children are concerned, and sincerely drawn to the troubled Abby Whitman. Mixing these characters with danger, mystery, and intrigue will give you this satisfying and thoroughly entertaining read.

    Teaser Snippet:
    ~ Just days ago she'd thought she would never feel more vulnerable than she did when she'd discovered she'd been sleepwalking again. She'd been so wrong. This was a million times worse. Vulnerable, violated, and victimized.

    A complimentary review copy was provided by Hachette Book Group

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Jenny

    Yes yes yes!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Sleep No More is another keeper

    Sleep No More by Susan Crandall is an intense thrill ride story. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Abby Whitman has lived all her life with her sleep walking being a danger to others. Her burned and scarred sister is living proof on how dangerous it can be to be near Abby. Abby thought she had it all under control until recently. Abby awakens late one night on a darken road seemingly driving while asleep. She is shocked that someone may have died because of her. As the evidence seems to clear her she starts to receive mysterious threats to her life. Abby turns to local psychiatrist Dr. Jason Cable for his help.

    Dr. Jason Cable is intrigued by Abby. His initial contact is over her concerns for her elderly father but soon Jason realizes Abby needs his personal help for herself. Jason agrees to try to get to the cause of Abby's sleepwalking. As Jason spends more time with Abby he is drawn to the strong woman he has come to know.

    Abby is afraid of the feelings Jason invokes in her. She had herself convinced that she would always be alone because of her illness. Jason has her starting to believe that they may have a chance at a happy life. But someone is out to make sure Abby doesn't have any more happy moments.

    Sleep No More is Susan Crandalls best to date in my opinion. It covers the full range of human emotions. Abby's dealings with her father and sister are so true to life. Jason and Abby come together under unusual circumstances and learn to fight for a chance at happiness. I can't wait to read the next book from this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    Sleep No More

    Susan Crandall's Sleep For Me is part thriller and part romance. Abby has spent most of her life regretting and trying to make up for the effects of one painful night. Abby comes across as a sympathetic character because she doesn't fixate on the past, doesn't complain, but takes real steps to fight her problem and to keep it from harming other people.

    When it appears that her sleep walking has returned and Abby finds herself questioning her sanity, Dr. Jason Coble steps in just in time. The romance between Abby and Jason adds to the excitement, making Sleep For Me a fun and exciting romantic thriller.

    ISBN-10: 044655684X - Mass Market Paperback $6.99
    Publisher: Forever; Original edition (January 1, 2010) 380 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    I couldn't but this book down.

    Susan Crandalls newest book takes you into to the life of Abby Whitman. A woman who fears the night and sleep. For Abby is a sleepwalker. As a child she started a fire that left her sister scared. Now as an adult her sleepwalking has apparently fatal results. This is Crandalls best read to date. The characters are fantastic and the plot will keep you guessing till the end. Susan is one of my favoriet authors her mysteries are full of twist and charaters that are intelligent and likeable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Review by www.cymlowell.blogspot.com

    In Sleep No More, Susan Crandall has crafted another suspenseful, intriguing romantic suspense epic. Imagine that you are a psychiatrist in a small South Carolina town, just escaped from a marriage to an alcoholic wife with a range of problems beyond your ability to control or cope with. Into your life comes an alluring woman who has innocently stepped into a nest of figurative vipers.

    The night was always Abby Whitman's enemy. As a young girl she walked in her sleep, and one night, started a fire that scarred her sister for life and left Abby with unbearable guilt, and a loneliness that echoes within her.

    Now Abby has begun blacking out again--with apparently fatal results. A car accident has killed the son of a prominent family. Even though the evidence seems to exonerate her, Abby is plagued by doubts--and soon by mysterious threats. A young psychiatrist, Dr. Jason Coble, is intrigued by Abby and offers to help her explore the dark recesses in her mind. Through this terrifying journey, Jason's interest turns to passion, and he yearns to give her the love she craves. But first, Abby must trust him--and shed light on secrets that will rock this Southern town and reveal a danger that threatens them both.

    Sleep No More flows with rhythmic cadence, as the reader becomes immersed in the emotions of the Abby and Jason and the suspense of the fraud threatening to dispose of them before their love can ripen. This is a page-turner that demands your attention. Each of the twists and turns in the story, and the interconnections of the characters, draws you deeper into the story as it plays out on the original manor grounds, including family cemetery and lifeline of the river.

    Congratulations Susan on another masterpiece!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

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    Another Susan Crandall Winner

    Abby White has carried enough guilt and shame in her lifetime to hold her over until she retires yet she has built a life and run her floral business. Still she remembers her childhood sleepwalking problem and the aftermath of one night that caused her home to burn down and her sister to live with permanent scarring. It had been so many years since she had sleepwalked that Abby thought it was behind her but the recent death of her mother has this horrible habit starting up again. Then one fateful night she wakes to find herself immersed in water and fighting to get out and reach the road. Once there she discovers that she was not the only one out that night on the lonely road - there is another person who appears to have not survived the accident yet this person made the 911 call how is that possible and why can't she remember anything.

    Dr. Jason Coble has his own living nightmare with a divorce from a woman still battling alcoholism, maintain a relationship with his children and his therapy business thriving. But when he meets Abby something starts to come alive in him again that has been dead for so long, deep desire and longing for a woman of substance. He knows that his life is really not in a good enough place to bring her into it but when opportunity knocks he has to answer because Abby is worth the risk. The more Jason knows of Abby the more he realizes that she is blaming herself for more than she should and if he is the man to help her move on from all this guilt he is going to take up the challenge and make her realize he may just be the man she has been looking for.

    While he works through trying to get to know her the late night accident throws everyone for a curve when it is discovered that the person killed that night is the son of his own patient and her prominent Senator husband. Abby sees Jason as a lifeline to discovering what happened that night and the more time she spends with him the more she realizes it is not only professional help she wants from him but a relationship to fill the empty life she has forced herself to lead.

    However it seems that there is someone out there who thinks Abby saw something that night she should not have. The more it appears that she was not responsible for the accident the more intense the attacks against her home and person become. Panic sets in for Abby because she knows this stress will only cause additional sleepwalking and she can't risk anyone else getting hurt because of her problem. Jason is stronger than he appears and he is in it for the long haul despite Abby pushing him away and trying to convince him she is more danger than help. As the attacks escalate and the problems become more horrific Abby and Jason form a stronger bond than either could expect or hope for.

    With an intertwining of family issues, life's daily drama, just a touch of faith and a huge dose of mystery this book provides it all. There is the conviction that nothing happens by coincidence but fate brings together everyone for some purpose and it can't all be planned out - or can it? Ms. Crandall always provides a first class book but this one in particular had me reading with the lights on and making sure the doors were locked because not everything that goes bump in the night is the house settling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    You Won't Sleep Through This.

    Author Susan Crandall lived in Chicago and worked as a dental hygienist before pursuing her writing career. This title, Sleep No More, follows other titles: Pitch Black, Seeing Red, A Kiss in Winter, On Blue Falls Pond, Promises to Keep, Magnolia Sky, The Road Home, and Back Roads. She resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.

    As a young girl, Abby Whitman walked in her sleep, and one horrible night long ago, she started a fire that left her sister scarred and the family house in rubbles. Carrying this guilt throughout her life, she's vowed to never hurt anyone again, so she spends her life mostly alone. Except now she is sleepwalking again, and she may have been the one to have killed the prominent senator's son in a car accident while asleep. Even though the evidence seems to point away from her being the guilty party, Abby has doubts. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Coble offers his help any way he can--- As a friend. He finds himself drawn to Abby, not only romantically, but with the need to help her find peace. Soon, secrets begin to emerge in their small Southern town that threaten to shake the very foundation to each of their pasts. And someone is willing to do anything to keep those secrets from coming out.

    Susan Crandall has a deft way of understanding the very thing that makes us human. Whether it be our flaws, our loves, or just the way we view the world, you won't be closing one of her books thinking how unrealistic it was. Pulling out every insecurity, she takes you on a journey of heartbreak, love, and friendship, and leaves you with a greater appreciation for life. The hero and heroine were relatable, and the romance between them believable. The secondary characters added nicely to the story, and readers are able to get inside their heads from time to time. This book not only showed the fears surrounding sleepwalking, but Alzheimer's and phobias as well. The plot flowed smoothly, without any dead spots. In fact, Susan is so good at pacing a story that you won't know when to take a break and put it down. The setting was great, placing this book in a small Southern town, and was illustrated beautifully.

    A highly recommended read from a superb author!

    Kelly Moran,
    Author and Reviewer

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    Posted December 6, 2012

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