Beauty Sleep By Kathryn Evans Book Review

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Laura can't remember who she is. But the rest of the world knows. Because Laura is famous - a dying girl who was frozen until she could be cured. A real-life Sleeping Beauty. But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years? Could you build a new life - while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one?

A darkly twisted thriller plunging a pre-tech girl into a futuristic world. Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans

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My Book Review
This is the second book I have read since joining my monthly book club in May. Beauty Sleep got the majority of votes including my vote as it appealed to me with the Sleeping Beauty reference. Whilst I can understand the reference the book wasn't what I imagined but I throughly enjoyed it all the same.

The book is split in to chapters and each chapter is headed with a name Laura or Shem. Each of these characters get their own chapters which tells the story from their own perspective. They are both on the same timeline and the characters intertwine at several points across the book. 

With regards to the characters, I found them very realistic however for me Shem and the relationship with his dog was so endearing. I don't own a pet myself but I know how attached you can become to a pet. Shem was besotted with his companion, they were best friends. 

The way Laura adapted to being woken up 40 years in the future was amazing. There were key moments in the story that I thought were written brilliantly. I felt like I was there, experiencing the emotions the characters were feeling at the time, especially Laura. Although she had no choice to adapt to her new life, the sense of loss Laura felt at points through the book were so real. It was lovely to reminisce with her through her memories of growing up in the 80's. Loving Duran Duran, reading Smash Hits magazines and covering her room walls full of posters of boybands. Laura had been torn away from all this as had her family, her friends, her home and her school. 

There is an uneasy feel throughout the book when you know something isn't quite right but you are not sure what. There were several times throughout the book when I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen and the outcome. Although I was very close there were a few twists that kept me still guessing right up until the last pages.  

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Beauty Sleep had me intrigued from the first few pages and some of our other book club members read it over a weekend. They couldn't put it down. I was expecting a fairy tale type story but it wasn't. It's dark and mysterious and I would definitely recommend it especially if you enjoy thriller and suspense type books. 

The story ends well without the need for another second book although even at the end I still wanted to keep reading so would love to read other books by the author, Kathryn Evans. 

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  1. This sounds like an interesting book something a bit different to I have read before, I might have to see if it's on audible and add it to my wishlist.

  2. OH I say! A friend asked me a few weeks ago how I would feel about being frozen and woken up again... still totally on the fence. This does sound like a fab read though. Shame there isn't the scope for a possible 2nd book... but who knows! Always bittersweet when a book leaves you wanting more! Sim

  3. This sounds like a really interesting read. I do love the sound of the futuristic twist to it.

  4. This sounds like such a fascinating read, I can see why it got the most votes. I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to miss out on 40 years of your life and have to navigate life again with so many questions. I love thriller books so I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I would love to read this book, the plot sounds so intriguing. Like it could happen in the next few years. I like that the story is said from two different point of views, of two different characters.

  6. This sounds like a really interesting story, I love the idea of someone waking up 40 years later and not being sure what the world is like x

  7. Definitely sounds like my cup of tea. I’ve fallen out of love over the last few months but will definitely add this one to my list

  8. I love reading a book which has lots of twists and keeps me guessing, will be adding Beauty Sleep into my summer reading list

  9. I love reading a good thriller, this sounds like a great read for the summer holidays!

  10. Great review, sounds well worth reading


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