About the Book : Sleep then My Princess is an emotional thriller set in Arizona. While mourning the death of her husband, Senior Tissue Engineer, Stephani Robbins, is plagued by recurring visions of a child being locked up in a chicken coop. Meanwhile, someone is sending her creepy love poems, roses and photos that have been taken without Stephani’s knowledge. As more photos appear, the police suspect that Stephani has hired someone to take these photos. Before she can convince the police to take her seriously, she is kidnapped. While imprisoned she discovers why she has been having these visions and it is more chilling than she ever imagined. Can she make it out alive?
My Say : A dark edgy thriller, Author O. N. Stefan takes us on an electrifying journey in new release Sleep Then My Princess. A page turner, Stefan demonstrates a fine eye for nuance. In the main this comes from Stefan’s acerbic rendering of Stephani Robbins. There’s a well-worn familiarity to her character’s vulnerabilities. There is no doubt the thinking part of her narrative works well to deliver a real sense of authenticity. The beginning starts out a little slow while building the intensity of the stalking but a quarter of the way through the story picks up and I didn’t want to put it down. It has plenty of “Aha” and “Wow” moments. The plot is intelligent, thoughtful and piercing with an emotional clarity that makes it hard to dismiss and yet it’s a long way off the trite excesses of far too many thrillers where shock value is favoured over the mechanics of good writing.
Stephani attracts a lot of attention from several men wanting a relationship with her. There are two problems with that: she is still grieving the death of her husband and two of those men are stalkers. One stalker is just creepy while the other one is deranged and dangerous and will stop at nothing to make his “Princess” his own. How creepy it must be to know someone is watching you. How terrifying it must be to know that the police doesn’t believe you and you’re on your own. That is the situation grieving widow Stephani Robbins finds herself in.
I wasn’t expecting the twists and turns that happened and I love it when I don’t expect such surprises from the Author. This book has a great storyline, relatable characters, and lots of “wow” moments. In my opinion, the pacing was a bit off and there were a lot of unnecessary lab scenes. Other than that, it is an enjoyable thriller.The story gathers intensity until reaching a searing climax. Without giving any of the plot away, I can say I found it very satisfying. I could easily read this book over again and I would bet I may find something I had missed before.
A thriller deserving of your undivided attention, Sleep Then My Princess is recommended to read. I would like to give 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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~ Sonali Agarwal ~