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About the Author
Katlyn Duncan was born in a small town in New England. Always having her mind set on the "what ifs" she started to write at a young age. Even though her life took her toward the path of science, her love for reading and writing stories never went away.
She currently lives in Connecticut, a quick train ride to her favorite city in the world, with her husband and darling (yet crazy) Wheaten Terrier.
You can visit her at katlynduncan.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is told in the first person from the points-of-view of sixteen-year-old Cara and the mysterious and murderous E, who is searching for a girl called Sylvia. The search takes E to Chester Bay, Connecticut, where Cara lives. When Cara's boyfriend dies mysteriously, her world is turned upside down: she loses her best friends and her social standing; she's hounded by the detective in charge of the case; and someone from her past shows up unexpectedly and displays an unnatural interest in her. Should she be worried? This is a tale of love and obsession and how far some people will go to protect their family. It's an interesting concept that doesn't quite gel. While the story kept my attention, the speech is stilted and unnatural, and the behavior of the characters is unrealistic. The author slowly builds the suspense and the creepiness factor, but the tension is soon lost. In addition, the climax is predictable and too easily resolved, while the ending leaves it open for a sequel. And the title? Sorry, I just don't get it. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/02/as-you-lay-sleeping-by-katlyn-duncan.html
3.5 Stars Cara is trying to dump her boyfriend. But she wants to keep it civil because her best friend is his sister and she doesn't want that relationship to suffer. When Joe decides that Cara is right about breaking up, he wants to see her one last time. Agreeing to meet at his house, his last remark to her is ... bring some Thai food. When Cara arrives there, she finds him lying on the sofa, so obviously dead. Because he's been using lots of drugs, her first assumption is that he overdosed. She sees a note ... ALL FOR YOU. OMG, did he commit suicide because she wanted him to leave her alone? According to the police, he was murdered. His family is accusing Cara ... and she finds herself a suspect. So many secrets she carried about Joe that his family never knew. As she goes about trying to get past the awful images in her head, she runs into a young man, Ryan. Seems like he had met her before. As they become good friends, things start happening. Ryan gets a text telling him to LEAVE HER ALONE. Her? meaning Cara? As the teens start looking into Joe's death, Cara finds that Ryan isn't exactly who she thought he was. Now she's not sure who to trust anymore.... This book is aimed at Teens and YA, but I found it quite enjoyable. I really liked Cara and Ryan .. and Cara's dad. The mean girl, Joe's sister, was abrasive and just plain mean. The premise is a good one, although I can't really see police welcoming teens in investigations...even if Ryan's brother turns out to be the detective who suspects Cara of murder. Although it reminds me of other books with themes along the same lines, it kept me reading and it kept me entertained. It's not highly suspenseful, but there are moments when you just can't put the book down for any reason. Many thanks to the author / HQ Digital /Netgalley who provided me a copy of this book. Any opinion expressed here is unbiased and entirely my own.
Exciting! A well written story that keeps the reader turning the pages. The main character, Cara, is a very brave and strong character, and she melds greatly with the other characters in the story. Cara is dealing with her boyfriend's death, and everything is point at her as the doer. The story has twists and unexpected turns and it's very easy to follow. I liked this story, and anything that is not predictable is a good read in my opinion. The story is written in first person, and it gives the reader an insight into Cara's mind.
This was a real page turner for me. In the beginning I didn't like Cara, at all. She was not nice to her sister, she thought to be better than most kids at her school, when in reality she was so scared to get back to her ordinary life. I also liked that between the chapters the killer gave glimpses of what was happening on his/her way to achieve the goal. It was a roller coaster ride, 'cause you know that Cara didn't do it, but the police officer makes her life so miserable that you just wanna scream in frustration. All hopes are on new guy in town Ryan, to bring some light into the story and solve the mystery. Well, it does not go smoothly and the problems are many. Throughout the book I hoped that the ending wouldn't spoil the story for me. But, the ending was really good and just as I like it. After finishing the story, there is this little voice in your head, saying: What if....? Grab it, read it, enjoy it! I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley and HQ Digital!
As you lay Sleeping is from my favourite genre Mystery and Thriller so any book I read from this genre, I do it with a lot of expectations and I would say, this book did meet all of them. Cara's boyfriend Joe dies the day she and Joe decide to break up. Initially Cara thought that he died due to drug overdose, but the detective in charge is not easily convinced and suspects foul play. Ryan, Cara's old acquaintance arrives, he befriends Cara again and soon they go on murderer hunting together. The story is quite unpredictable. The clues that they get are very unlikely ones, something that I had not heard off before. So it kept my interest totally glued to this novel. From the time Cara and Ryan start murderer hunting together, it was really difficult to keep down the novel and I just wanted to keep on turning the pages and read more. I liked both Cara and Ryan's character. Also another thing I want to say, is that this book also provides an insight into the teen life, their superficial friendships and their desire to fit in. This novel also had a sweet and cute teenage love story, which was another plus point for me, given that I am a person who likes a bit of romance in Mystery novel. Overall I would say that I don't have any complaints, this novel is very engaging and I absolutely recommend it to all mystery lovers.