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Book Review : Sleep No More by P. D. James

Title : Sleep No More

Author : P. D. James

Publisher : Faber and Faber

Pages : 172

ISBN : 978-0-571-33988-4

Story :
It’s not always a question of “whodunit?” Sometimes there’s more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren’t brought down even though they’re found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.

Review :

I am guilty. Yes, I need to confess. This is a gruesome crime that I have committed and I have to come clean. But before that, I would like to thank you all for being here and for supporting me. I hope you all will be empathetic towards me for I have sinned and I need redemption.

Dear Readers, I would like to confess that I have never read a P. D. James before. I know I know, this is outrageous but please, I seek forgiveness! Okay, excuse the drama, I just finished reading my very first P. D. James and the rest is common knowledge I believe. It is safe to say that I am having a hangover which is hard to get over even with the help of a warm cup of black coffee without sugar. Why do I feel so lucky today? How did I never know that this book existed?

Sleep No More is not to be taken in the literal sense. You do get to sleep, only that the sleep is more frequented with dreams of you shuffling through drawers, and hiding your murder weapon or in other instances, you witnessing a crime and living to tell the tale. Six murderous tales to make you look at murders from a very different angle and perspective. Some are deadly, and others are amusingly justifiable.

Most favourite plot? The Murder of Santa Claus, of course.
The one with a little pain? The Girl who loved Graveyards!
And the most mischievous of all? Mr. Millcroft’s Birthday indeed.

This collection is absolutely witty, tricky and undeniably unpredictable. I mean it is something that you can never guess, but you start to get a hang of it after the first two standalones.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 Stars without any question or doubt. If you are a crime fiction fanatic and looking for something different and subtle in this particular genre, then please have a taste of Sleep No more. You would not be disappointed. Oh, and a tip? Think twice before empathising with the wrong character. You may never know what’s hiding behind their peaceful facades 😏

Also, I would like to take a minute to acknowledge this beautiful edition by Faber and Faber. The mesmerising cover definitely adds to the mystery.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

P. D. James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, (born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England—died November 27, 2014, Oxford), British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.

The daughter of a middle-grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge. Her formal education, however, ended at age 16 because of lack of funds, and she was thereafter self-educated. In 1941 she married Ernest C.B. White, a medical student and future physician, who returned home from wartime service mentally deranged and spent much of the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals. To support her family (which included two children), she took work in hospital administration and, after her husband’s death in 1964, became a civil servant in the criminal section of the Department of Home Affairs. Her first mystery novel, Cover Her Face (1962), introduced Dalgliesh and was followed by six more mysteries before she retired from government service in 1979 to devote full time to writing.

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17 thoughts on “Book Review : Sleep No More by P. D. James”

  1. I got the book at the library today.
    While I was checking out I started the book..its good.
    You might want to check out…Delicate Edible Birds.
    Short stories that made me sit upright and say “No”.

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