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A brand new detective series with a supernatural twist ‘Detective fiction with a refreshing difference – creepy, tense and twisted.’ Susi Holliday Even in your dreams you’re not safe… The nightmare is only just beginning… When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime th A brand new detective series with a supernatural twist ‘Detective fiction with a refreshing difference – creepy, tense and twisted.’ Susi Holliday Even in your dreams you’re not safe… The nightmare is only just beginning… When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime than meets the eye. It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moody – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moody wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that. Does she? As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side – before a second woman dies. Twisty, original and compelling, SLEEP TIGHT is perfect for fans of Alex North and Cara Hunter.


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A brand new detective series with a supernatural twist ‘Detective fiction with a refreshing difference – creepy, tense and twisted.’ Susi Holliday Even in your dreams you’re not safe… The nightmare is only just beginning… When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime th A brand new detective series with a supernatural twist ‘Detective fiction with a refreshing difference – creepy, tense and twisted.’ Susi Holliday Even in your dreams you’re not safe… The nightmare is only just beginning… When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime than meets the eye. It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moody – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moody wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that. Does she? As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side – before a second woman dies. Twisty, original and compelling, SLEEP TIGHT is perfect for fans of Alex North and Cara Hunter.

30 review for Sleep Tight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    DC Rose Gifford #1 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can't help but feeling there's more to the crime than meets the eye. It looks like a straight forward crime scene - but the police can't find the killer. Enter DS Moody - an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Metset up to solve superrnatural crimes. Moody wants Rose to helop her out - but Rose doesn't believe in any if th DC Rose Gifford #1 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can't help but feeling there's more to the crime than meets the eye. It looks like a straight forward crime scene - but the police can't find the killer. Enter DS Moody - an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Metset up to solve superrnatural crimes. Moody wants Rose to helop her out - but Rose doesn't believe in any if that. This is the first book in a new supernatural crime series featuring DC Rose Gifford. Rose is a flawed character with emotional struggles. Theres a creepiness around this story and it's quite chilling to read. I was strangley intrigued in the plotline, i didn't think this was going to be my kind of book, but i was wrong. This made a nice change from the police procedurals i normally read. I will look out for the next book in this promising new series. I would like to thank #NtGalley, #HarpecollinsUK #HarperFiction and the author #CSGreen for my ARC #SleepTight in exchane for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Mitchell

    If you've never dared step into the realms of a supernatural thriller then Sleep Tight is a great place to start. This is one of my favourite genres, and the author has done a superb job. Don't worry about it going into the realms of fantasy, this is down to earth detective work with a dedicated department to investigating the dark side of crime. And don't believe it's not possible - when I was a serving police officer there were several jobs I recall in which the informants were told to receive If you've never dared step into the realms of a supernatural thriller then Sleep Tight is a great place to start. This is one of my favourite genres, and the author has done a superb job. Don't worry about it going into the realms of fantasy, this is down to earth detective work with a dedicated department to investigating the dark side of crime. And don't believe it's not possible - when I was a serving police officer there were several jobs I recall in which the informants were told to receive "spiritual advice." Sleep Tight is beautifully written. Just look at this excerpt: "First, coming into the pearly light of her bedroom, the familiar furniture appearing as dark, blocky shapes around her. Awake...it's just the sleep paralysis. It's not real. None of this is real. I'll wake up soon. Except..." Now if that doesn't make you want to read on, I don't know what will. Open your mind and prepare for a journey with this suspenseful pulse pounding read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Sleep Tight is the first in the DC Rose Gifford series. Rose is investigating a death of a young woman that has been killed in her bed from suffocation. But the last expression on her face is of real fear and Rose thinks that this death is not as straight forward as it seems. During the investigation she meets DS Moody who runs a secret department of the MET call UCIT that deal with supernatural occurrences. She feels at home there, as in her own personal life she sees the ghost of her dead mothe Sleep Tight is the first in the DC Rose Gifford series. Rose is investigating a death of a young woman that has been killed in her bed from suffocation. But the last expression on her face is of real fear and Rose thinks that this death is not as straight forward as it seems. During the investigation she meets DS Moody who runs a secret department of the MET call UCIT that deal with supernatural occurrences. She feels at home there, as in her own personal life she sees the ghost of her dead mother. Thank you, Harper Collins, and NetGalley for a copy of Sleep Tight. This is a good and a unique start of a new police procedural series. The characters were great especially Rose who although has a complicated personal life puts 100% into the job at hand. I liked the storyline. I just thought that the supernatural element was a bit hard to believe and a bit disappointed with the ending. But saying all that I will look forward to seeing how this series develop in the future. 3.5 stars from me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathryn Northfield

    A fantastic, unique crime thriller with an epic supernatural twist! I’m going to be screaming from the rooftops about this brilliant book for some time to come! A crime thriller with a difference and what an original difference it is too! DC Rose Gifford is determined to help catch the killer of a young woman, Hannah, who has been found suffocated in her bed, but with no sign of a break-in, this case might not be so straight forward. After speaking to the victim’s friend, Rose discovers that Hanna A fantastic, unique crime thriller with an epic supernatural twist! I’m going to be screaming from the rooftops about this brilliant book for some time to come! A crime thriller with a difference and what an original difference it is too! DC Rose Gifford is determined to help catch the killer of a young woman, Hannah, who has been found suffocated in her bed, but with no sign of a break-in, this case might not be so straight forward. After speaking to the victim’s friend, Rose discovers that Hannah had been suffering terrible nightmares at the same time every night and would often wake up screaming as she thought someone was in the room with her. Someone tall, dark and menacing! Kirsty is at work one day when she breaks down to a colleague about the fact that she is not sleeping well and that a dark figure who visits her in her dreams feels far too real for her liking. Concerned for her safety after the recent murder, Kirsty informs the police about her nightly visitor, in the hopes they’ll be able to help and not think she’s gone cuckoo! The police, unfortunately, don’t take her too seriously, will Kirsty become the next victim? Could someone really be able to get to these women through their dreams? Or is it just a coincidence that they both suffer from a condition called sleep paralysis? We follow Rose on her quest to get to the bottom of this mystery with a spooky twist. This book is so clever and so well thought out. From the minute I picked it up I knew it would be one that I couldn’t put down. It was also one of those books that I kept thinking about even when I wasn’t reading it! The twists were spectacular, and I honestly would never have guessed the outcome. Rose is a character that I took to straight away, she is far from perfect and has many flaws but she is very likeable and I feel she is going to be my new favourite character from a book. I am thrilled to learn this will be a series and can’t wait to be reunited with Rose in the next instalment. I love the way this book makes you think more about sleep and dreams and all things supernatural. I actually suffer from sleep paralysis myself, it can be really scary and many times I have seen tall dark figures in my room and even right next to my bed. Do we sufferers just have creative minds? Or do we have some kind of connection with the other side?! Not many people can pull off a story like this, but Caroline has absolutely nailed it! Having been taught by her myself in a crime and thriller writers course, I can vouch for what an amazing writer she is and I know for a fact that she will have done an extensive amount of research to enable her to create this book and make it seem so realistic. Fascinating, chilling and extremely addictive to read, do not miss out on this incredible first instalment from the DC Rose Gifford series. Thank you so much to C S Green, HarperCollins & NetGalley for my copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Watts

    Finished this book yesterday, and I still cant help thinking about this book. Wow. Green leads you on an adventure into the mind, where even your own bed isn't safe. The story starts with a woman who is a parasomniac, and setting about getting ready for bed. Haunted by dreams of a man in a balaclava, who wakes her every morning at 3am, she follows her routine and goes to sleep, only to find herself killed in herself . DC Rose Gifford and her colleagues are brought into solve the case, and it bec Finished this book yesterday, and I still cant help thinking about this book. Wow. Green leads you on an adventure into the mind, where even your own bed isn't safe. The story starts with a woman who is a parasomniac, and setting about getting ready for bed. Haunted by dreams of a man in a balaclava, who wakes her every morning at 3am, she follows her routine and goes to sleep, only to find herself killed in herself . DC Rose Gifford and her colleagues are brought into solve the case, and it becomes apparent that this isn't a usual case. This is a novel to keep you thinking and wondering. And it isn't your usual ghost story either.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jo Furniss

    It’s rare to find a truly original police procedural, but here it is! Eerie and tense, a locked-room mystery leads us into a world of supernatural crime detection, a kind of X-Files at the heart of the Met. A woman is murdered in her sleep--but how did her killer get in? Through the locked door or through her mind? Add a troublesome dead mother who won't let the past lie, and you have a very creepy mix. I'm glad to hear this is the first in a series as I want more chills from DS Rose Gifford and It’s rare to find a truly original police procedural, but here it is! Eerie and tense, a locked-room mystery leads us into a world of supernatural crime detection, a kind of X-Files at the heart of the Met. A woman is murdered in her sleep--but how did her killer get in? Through the locked door or through her mind? Add a troublesome dead mother who won't let the past lie, and you have a very creepy mix. I'm glad to hear this is the first in a series as I want more chills from DS Rose Gifford and the secret spook police.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Farrow

    What a blinder of a book! I picked this up and was instantly drawn into a world of insomnia and sleep paralyse which thankfully I’ve only ever heard of, This book for me was a perfect mix of a paranormal, psychological thriller and police procedural novel, all in one. The book was great from the first page to the last with a few moments of audibly gasping for a breath along the way and I will very much look forward to more from this author, particularly if they contain DC Rose Gifford

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This is the first book in a brand new series featuring DC Rose Gifford and it’s a belter of a read and one I flew through in just over a day. It’s a police procedural with a a hint of the supernatural and I admit I was a bit hesitant at first but please don’t be put off by the supernatural element as it’s just a small part of the story and in fact I loved that it was so different and can’t wait for the next in the series. I really liked the characters in the story they were all so beautifully wri This is the first book in a brand new series featuring DC Rose Gifford and it’s a belter of a read and one I flew through in just over a day. It’s a police procedural with a a hint of the supernatural and I admit I was a bit hesitant at first but please don’t be put off by the supernatural element as it’s just a small part of the story and in fact I loved that it was so different and can’t wait for the next in the series. I really liked the characters in the story they were all so beautifully written as was the whole of the book and with a fabulous plot line to boot it made for a brilliantly crafted read. I think my my favourite character was Rose Gifford who a troubled but likeable person but I also loved the weird and wonderful DS Moody who runs a hush hush department thats deals with crimes which are out of the ordinary. The book kept me gripped it was different and that also made for a change from the straightforward police procedurals. So a big Yessssss from me and roll on the next book and look forward to reading what more is in line for DC Gifford many thanks to CS Green for a great read. My thanks also to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I thought this was an excellent, well written, gripping thriller of a read. Two police colleagues; DS Colin Mackie (Mack) and DC Rose Gifford attend a sudden death, which, upon closer inspection, is murder. The victim suffered from Sleep Paralysis ( a state, during waking up or falling asleep, in which a person is aware but unable to move or speak) and this fascinating subject forms the basis of the book. That, along with the fact that DC Rose Gifford seems to have an affinity with things 'beyond I thought this was an excellent, well written, gripping thriller of a read. Two police colleagues; DS Colin Mackie (Mack) and DC Rose Gifford attend a sudden death, which, upon closer inspection, is murder. The victim suffered from Sleep Paralysis ( a state, during waking up or falling asleep, in which a person is aware but unable to move or speak) and this fascinating subject forms the basis of the book. That, along with the fact that DC Rose Gifford seems to have an affinity with things 'beyond what is normal', She senses and at times sees things that others cannot. This creates an interesting spin on what would normally be a good police thriller / murder. However, with these interesting differences, this becomes a difficult to put down book and not one to read just before you drop off! I enjoyed every minute and very much hope there will be more from Rose Gifford and her extra sensory perception. Excellent! Thanks so much to NetGalley and HarperCollins for the opportunity to preview.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miss J Barton

    This is the first book I have read of this genre. I have always steered away from supernatural books as I just didn’t feel I would be able to lose myself in them... well I was wrong! Having read many crime thrillers, this really gripped me and the supernatural aspect just gave it a brilliant spin on the norm. If you are in doubt about reading this as supernatural is not your thing... please give it a go, you may be like me and be a newly convert!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Soozee

    Rose Gifford and her colleague Mack are drawn into the case of a woman who apparently suffocated while in bed. We learn that Rose's grandmother haunts her home on a regular basis and Rose can sometimes see or sense supernatural events. However, this is played down in the book; almost too much, as if the author can't decide whether to write a thriller or a supernatural detective story. Rose and Mack are convinced the death was not natural, and link it to other similar cases, where the victims had Rose Gifford and her colleague Mack are drawn into the case of a woman who apparently suffocated while in bed. We learn that Rose's grandmother haunts her home on a regular basis and Rose can sometimes see or sense supernatural events. However, this is played down in the book; almost too much, as if the author can't decide whether to write a thriller or a supernatural detective story. Rose and Mack are convinced the death was not natural, and link it to other similar cases, where the victims had complained of sleeping badly and being visited by a dark shape in the night, despite no evidence of their homes being broken into. The tale is interesting, but a little clunky in parts. The supernatural events are muted, although Rose is invited into UCIT, a secret police department that deals with such odd cases that cannot easily be otherwise explained, headed up by the eccentric DS Moody. Rose and Mack, and Moody and her team, have to draw together the strands to find out who is terrorising these women, and how. I'd like to read more about Rose and her gifts, and appreciate that the author is playing down her supernatural gifts in order to maintain some plausibility, but they are a key element to the tale. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura Richardson

    I was interested to see that this is the first in a series as our protagonist seems a very complex character and there is a lot to be unpicked and explored with DC Rose Gifford. Parts of this book were shocking and frightening, particularly with the supernatural twist - I had no idea where it was going. Young women are being seemingly murdered in their sleep but when the house is secure it cannot possibly make sense. This was an intriguing read and I look forward to more in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Where to start? This book just gave me the chills, I can’t wait for more in the series. I found it to be totally gripping and I’m sure it will keep me up tonight ha! DC Rose Gifford is called to a number of deaths, of woman suffocated in their sleep, this is where the usual crime thriller stops, there’s more than meets the eye and I’m sure it will have you hooked just as it did me. Highly recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Books0507_Ashley

    Sleep Tight follows DC Rose Gifford who is investigating the death of a woman suffocated in her sleep, while this is a horrible crime Rose can't shake the feeling there's some far more sinister occurring. Soon Rose is introduced to DS Moody who runs a secret department that solves supernatural crimes. But Rose is in great denial despite the fact that she herself has seen things she can't explain. After investigating the victim, it comes to light that the woman was a parasomniac, someone who has Sleep Tight follows DC Rose Gifford who is investigating the death of a woman suffocated in her sleep, while this is a horrible crime Rose can't shake the feeling there's some far more sinister occurring. Soon Rose is introduced to DS Moody who runs a secret department that solves supernatural crimes. But Rose is in great denial despite the fact that she herself has seen things she can't explain. After investigating the victim, it comes to light that the woman was a parasomniac, someone who has issues with sleep. She is haunted by a man all in black who stands over her bed at night and watches her before pinning her down! The victim suffers from sleep paralysis. I particular found this part of the book creepy, as someone who has experienced sleep paralysis and my experience has too been a man dressed head to toe in black, this was especially disturbing to read. I had to make sure I didn't read this one before going to bed! I do enjoy a good thriller, and when I saw this had a twist of supernatural to it, it definitely peaked my interest. I enjoyed Rose as a character, she enjoys her job and puts all she has in to it. We see her struggle to come to grips with the supernatural stuff and slowly accept what she believes, I love that we get to see her open up a little more towards the end and start to make new friends. This was an intriguing read and I look forward to more in the series. Thank you Harper Collins & NetGalley for a copy of Sleep Tight.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Welcome to my new favourite series; a hair-raising, scalp-creeping, thrill of a detective series with a whisper of the supernatural. The case itself is disturbing and had me checking under the bed for unwanted visitors! The author manages balance the otherworldly with the earthly in such a way that mirrors Rose's ambivalence towards what is happening to her.Rose is a brilliant protagonist, she's dedicated to her job, but her unconventional personal life keeps throwing up complications that she c Welcome to my new favourite series; a hair-raising, scalp-creeping, thrill of a detective series with a whisper of the supernatural. The case itself is disturbing and had me checking under the bed for unwanted visitors! The author manages balance the otherworldly with the earthly in such a way that mirrors Rose's ambivalence towards what is happening to her.Rose is a brilliant protagonist, she's dedicated to her job, but her unconventional personal life keeps throwing up complications that she cannot share with anyone. When the case she is investigating starts to overlap with her personal life things only get more complicated, and I am really looking forward to seeing how she reconciles this in future books. My thanks go to the publishers and Net Galley for the advance copy in return for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elsie Broadbent

    C S Green has taken a different route with this book. Unfortunately I can only give it 3 stars, even though the writing was good, as I was well over halfway through the book before I could even begin to care about Rose Gifford the main character. I know we have to learn about the characters' lives to care about them, but it seemed that random facts were just thrown out here and there about Rose's sad childhood and it confused rather than enlightened. Rose is slowly coming to terms with the fact C S Green has taken a different route with this book. Unfortunately I can only give it 3 stars, even though the writing was good, as I was well over halfway through the book before I could even begin to care about Rose Gifford the main character. I know we have to learn about the characters' lives to care about them, but it seemed that random facts were just thrown out here and there about Rose's sad childhood and it confused rather than enlightened. Rose is slowly coming to terms with the fact that she is "different", a fact she tried to keep hidden even though she sees things no-one else can see. This is book 1 of a series, so maybe book 2 will be clearer and more interesting. To be truthful I don't think I am interested enough to bother finding out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zubeth

    This was a crime thriller with a twist. The underlying supernatural aspect added an interesting and different aspect to the book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    CJ Eve

    An intriguing start to a new series a complex character and a link with the supernatural world a good start for a new series will be interested to see where this goes!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    This is the first book in a new series introducing D.C Rose Gifford. She is sent with her partner Mack to investigate the death of a young woman who had suffocated, but it’s not that straightforward as the door was locked from the inside and no sign of a break in. So if someone murdered her how did they get in and out? We learn a bit about Rose and her childhood, raised by her gran who she called mum, but she claimed to have certain powers, to Rose she was a charlatan. But what if she did have so This is the first book in a new series introducing D.C Rose Gifford. She is sent with her partner Mack to investigate the death of a young woman who had suffocated, but it’s not that straightforward as the door was locked from the inside and no sign of a break in. So if someone murdered her how did they get in and out? We learn a bit about Rose and her childhood, raised by her gran who she called mum, but she claimed to have certain powers, to Rose she was a charlatan. But what if she did have some sort of gift and Rose has picked it up? because strange things do keep happening! When another woman is attacked in a similar way the team start looking into it a bit more, Rose is introduced to a DS Moony from a unit called UCIT, a secret department run from a run down old building. But what does this team investigate? I enjoyed reading this and getting to know Rose, she is quite a complex character, who doesn’t let anyone in lightly, mainly because of her upbringing, as well as things in her house that seem to go bump in the night or day. There is a supernatural element to the story. Rose clearly doesn’t get on with her boss Rowland and I think it will be interesting to see where she goes in the next book. I look forward to seeing her grow and to see what the author comes up with in book two. The pace is fairly slow, but the plot flows well and all comes together neatly at the end. A book I know lots of readers will love a police procedural with some supernatural elements and a locked room mystery. I would like to thank #HarperFiction for a copy of this book for me to read for the blog tour. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    People ought to be safe and sound when they are asleep in their own beds, but not in this book! I loved the creepiness of the concept and it’s really chilling as to how the crimes were committed. My problem was I just didn’t take to Rose at all and found nothing about her that I liked and in fact would’ve preferred Mack to be the main character or maybe the other female, Rowlands. Not the usual run of the mill story. The writing was spot on and the story itself very intriguing, so I would give t People ought to be safe and sound when they are asleep in their own beds, but not in this book! I loved the creepiness of the concept and it’s really chilling as to how the crimes were committed. My problem was I just didn’t take to Rose at all and found nothing about her that I liked and in fact would’ve preferred Mack to be the main character or maybe the other female, Rowlands. Not the usual run of the mill story. The writing was spot on and the story itself very intriguing, so I would give the second book a go in the hope that this Rose might grow on me! I was given this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    One of the best books I've read in a long time - gave me actual goosebumps! A delicious mix of spookiness with an intriguing crime plot and a gutsy heroine kept me reading until the wee hours, but with the unfortunate side effect that I didn't sleep very tight afterwards. You've been warned! Can't wait to read more about Rose in future. One of the best books I've read in a long time - gave me actual goosebumps! A delicious mix of spookiness with an intriguing crime plot and a gutsy heroine kept me reading until the wee hours, but with the unfortunate side effect that I didn't sleep very tight afterwards. You've been warned! Can't wait to read more about Rose in future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Neil Lancaster

    This is a fantastic, creepy and compelling novel The protagonist is flawed, but really easy to root for as she delves into the supernatural aspects of crime in London ... I loved it and raced to the finish .... Don't read it before bed, though !!!! This is a fantastic, creepy and compelling novel The protagonist is flawed, but really easy to root for as she delves into the supernatural aspects of crime in London ... I loved it and raced to the finish .... Don't read it before bed, though !!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Loved this book! Couldn't sleep afterwards. Utterly gripped from start to finish. Loved this book! Couldn't sleep afterwards. Utterly gripped from start to finish.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Strawberry

    Oh wow this book is good, I just couldn’t put it down as soon as I’d started it! DC Rose Gifford and her colleague are called to the home of a woman who seems to have suffocated in her sleep. But her bedroom door was locked and a murder doesn’t seem possible. While her team struggle to work out how she was killed, something about the murder makes Rose feel uncomfortable. As more emerges about how the woman died and what was happening to her, Rose soon finds herself dealing with things that she d Oh wow this book is good, I just couldn’t put it down as soon as I’d started it! DC Rose Gifford and her colleague are called to the home of a woman who seems to have suffocated in her sleep. But her bedroom door was locked and a murder doesn’t seem possible. While her team struggle to work out how she was killed, something about the murder makes Rose feel uncomfortable. As more emerges about how the woman died and what was happening to her, Rose soon finds herself dealing with things that she doesn’t feel comfortable with, things that affect her personal life too. This was such an amazing story and it was easy to get into right away. The story follows Rose’s character mostly, although there are some chapters that switch to following a woman who’s suffering from nightmares when trying to sleep as well as a few chapters which followed the killer’s thoughts and actions. The first chapter instantly had me hooked, as it followed a woman suffering trouble sleeping, worried about a visitor that appears when she’s drifting off to sleep. The next chapters start to follow Rose as she finds out more about the dead woman’s life and the strange nightmares that plagued her. I love how this story unfolded and the interesting mix of both crime story and the supernatural. Rose’s character is one I immediately liked. I like character’s whose lives are not perfect and Rose’s is especially interesting. I enjoyed getting to know her character, the strange things that happen in her home and how she ended up, unintentionally, making some mistakes and ended up in some difficult situations. After some time the investigation takes on an interesting supernatural twist as Rose meets DI Moony and begins working at UCIT. I loved how interesting and different the division was, and how Rose reacted to it at first. I really enjoyed Moony’s character, she was unique and I enjoyed finding out about a connection she had with someone. This story really kept me guessing throughout. The were interesting twists and revelations but I never guessed at who the killer was, even though there were some really interesting and eerie chapters from the killer’s point of view. The descriptions of everything was so detailed that it produced a vivid image of each scene in my mind, and yet despite the desciptions of things I didn’t find the pace slowed at all. This felt like an exciting thriller and the supernatural element added to it just made it all the more exciting and interesting for me. The ending is really good and I found myself audibly gasping when something was revealed. It kept me gripped right to the end and I just can’t wait for the next book in the series! There are a few uses of the f swear words but nothing else I’d consider too upsetting except for some descriptions of deaths, murders and the interesting creepy chapters from the killer’s point of view. Overall I have really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read a lot of crime thrillers before, and I hadn’t read any books by the author before this one, however I’m so eager to read the next in the series! There’s something about mixing the crime story with the supernatural that has me really hooked and I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys crime stories, supernatural tales and even for those who are new to both. It’s an interesting and gripping story with some great characters I can’t wait to get to know more of in future books. -Thanks to HarperCollins for a free copy for review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bridgeman

    I have read the entire back catalogue of the author as Cass Green and was super excited to read this series opener, it stands as a police procedural with hints of supernatural influences worn in the creases of it's uniform. The deaths of several women, inside locked rooms, all apparently suffering from parasomnia, seem inexplicable when taken from a straightforward police approach however, when the inclusion of Rose Gifford into the investigation throws into sharp relief the inconsistencies whic I have read the entire back catalogue of the author as Cass Green and was super excited to read this series opener, it stands as a police procedural with hints of supernatural influences worn in the creases of it's uniform. The deaths of several women, inside locked rooms, all apparently suffering from parasomnia, seem inexplicable when taken from a straightforward police approach however, when the inclusion of Rose Gifford into the investigation throws into sharp relief the inconsistencies which have been like a piece of meat caught between the teeth, the action really begins to flow. Between Rose, who is literally haunted by her mother-a failed medium and sometime low level criminal-and Kirsty, haunted by night terrors which seep into her awake hours, the narrative provides bone chilling details of what it is like to be trapped in a nightmare from which waking up is next to impossible. Rose is caught in a cycle of self abuse in the way that she stays in her childhood home, the base of unspecified trauma, visits from mystery men and appearances by the police on occasion . It is as though she keeps herself there as some kind of punishment, never quite believing in herself enough to step away from the place which tarred and feathered her, a place from which she is unable to escape. Her job represents a chance to right the wrongs of others, but even here she has to fight to be taken seriously. Kirsty's interior monologue of being terrified on a nightly basis leaves you caught between belief in the paranormal and inexplicable versus the evil that men do to each other. Her vulnerability is achingly present and when she nearly ends up as a victim to this killer, you keenly feel a sense of dismay and alarm at where this killer is going to strike next. As Rose ties herself in knots trying to prove herself to a world which has written her off so many years ago, the investigation stalls as in steps UCIT-ostensibly about compliance but actually about the unsolved cases-an offshoot of the police who look into cases that defy convention. An unexpected link between UCIT and Rose presents opportunities for the plotline to develop and neatly sets up what could happen in future instalments of the series which had this reader fizzing with excitement. The drama and intensity of the chase for a killer who can walk through walls, and, seemingly into locked rooms is such a knife edge, you find yourself breathless in pursuit of this ethereal killer alongside Rose and colleague Mack-C.S Green has created vivid, believable characters that transcend the tropes of a male/female detective couple whilst paying homage to the closeness of platonic relationships between classic partnerships. In a sentence, I loved it,and cannot wait for Rose Gifford book 2 to be published

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A story that takes us into the dark realms of the world of sleep paralysis was always going to intrigue me as it’s something I have occasionally suffered with. Fortunately, the nightmares are rare and last only a second or two – but for the victims of the bogeyman who haunts the pages of this fabulous thriller, they recur night after night, becoming more and more threatening and, for poor unfortunate Hannah Scott, ending in death. Discovered lifeless in her locked bedroom, she might have died in A story that takes us into the dark realms of the world of sleep paralysis was always going to intrigue me as it’s something I have occasionally suffered with. Fortunately, the nightmares are rare and last only a second or two – but for the victims of the bogeyman who haunts the pages of this fabulous thriller, they recur night after night, becoming more and more threatening and, for poor unfortunate Hannah Scott, ending in death. Discovered lifeless in her locked bedroom, she might have died in her sleep were it not for the tell-tale signs of suffocation. Is the perpetrator of this heinous crime truly a bogeyman, a being with supernatural powers to travel through his victims’ subconscious and realise their deepest fears? Or is he something more prosaic? A mortal man who gets his thrills from his victims’ terror at his invasion of their most private sanctums. To solve this case, DC Rose Gifford will have to keep an open mind, and co-operate not only with her colleagues at the station but the enigmatic Uncharted Crimes Investigation Team. This was a truly gripping read. Terror, tension and traumatic nightmares stalk its every page, keeping the reader on constant high alert for what might happen next. The plot is skilfully and tightly woven, allowing us to keep an open mind but never distracting from the haunting, supernatural atmosphere surrounding Rose’s investigations. Rose is a super character. Young, idealistic and keen, her eagerness leads to her making many mistakes, but her dogged determination to get to the truth keeps her going. Her own vulnerability on her journey to acceptance of the fact that there may be paranormal worlds out there is every bit as fascinating as the murder mystery she has set out to solve. My enjoyment of this story was also down to the writing itself. CS Green’s precise prose engages all the senses, whether we’re sharing Kirsty's dreams from her lavender-scented pillow, shivering in the cold and gloom of Rose’s shabby London home or peering through her rain-lashed car windows as she travels along the Yorkshire moors in search of witnesses who will give her a clue to just what is going on. Read this book and before you go to bed tonight you’ll be locking all your doors and windows and checking under the mattress to make sure that you’re alone. But that might not save you from the bogeyman when you finally drift off to sleep …

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Sleep Tight is a new thriller detective story from Sunday Times Bestseller C.S. Green and was a really fascinating story that had so many twists and turns! This is the kind of story that will have you thinking twice about every single bump in the night you hear or any little shadow you think you saw. It left me with a very chilly sense of all things creepy in the night because the horror that befalls the victims in this story is not something easy to fight, or even find. Green does a very good jo Sleep Tight is a new thriller detective story from Sunday Times Bestseller C.S. Green and was a really fascinating story that had so many twists and turns! This is the kind of story that will have you thinking twice about every single bump in the night you hear or any little shadow you think you saw. It left me with a very chilly sense of all things creepy in the night because the horror that befalls the victims in this story is not something easy to fight, or even find. Green does a very good job writing a story that takes a very steady beat to it, following an investigation of girls being killed that suffer from sleep paralysis and have complained about a man, or dream like horror, that visits them during their sleep paralysis. DC Rose Gifford is one of the investigators and her demeanor was hard to read at first until you understand her a little more as you read. When you’re first introduced to her she seems awkward, shy and very timid of those around her. But the more you learn about her through this story, you really start to understand why she is this way and can even relate with all of it. This is the kind of story that will have you thinking twice about every single bump in the night you hear or any little shadow you think you saw. Plenty of interesting supporting cast in this story, like Rose’s partner Mack that is a much more seasoned investigator and actually seems pretty removed from everything he does. Almost like he’s just waiting for retirement. This character, in my opinion, really held Rose back from developing into her own in a faster fashion. But was such a necessary part of her development. You’ll understand when you read it. If you’ve ever suffered from nightmares, you’ll appreciate the vibe of this supernatural thriller. This was a brand new author for me and I must say, I think I might be hooked on her books. My secret love is a good detective thriller and this supernatural thriller series may be just the perfect fit for me going forward.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    A great read that I just couldn’t put down once I’d started it! DC Rose Gifford and her colleague, DS Colin Mackie (Mack) are called to the home of a woman, 32-year-old Hannah Scott, who has suffocated in her bed. Though murder seems unlikely and there's no sign of a break-in, something about the victim's death makes Rose feel uncomfortable. While her team struggles to work out how she, Hannah died, Rose soon finds herself dealing with matters that cause her unease, which also affect her persona A great read that I just couldn’t put down once I’d started it! DC Rose Gifford and her colleague, DS Colin Mackie (Mack) are called to the home of a woman, 32-year-old Hannah Scott, who has suffocated in her bed. Though murder seems unlikely and there's no sign of a break-in, something about the victim's death makes Rose feel uncomfortable. While her team struggles to work out how she, Hannah died, Rose soon finds herself dealing with matters that cause her unease, which also affect her personal life. Sleep Tight is an attention-grabber from the very beginning with its super prologue. It's always good to dive into a new series from the first book and this novel is no exception to that. The story mostly follows Rose’s character, although some chapters switch to a woman who suffers from nightmares, as well as a few from the killer’s perspective. This is an engrossing concoction of both crime and the supernatural. Rose’s character is one I immediately warmed to; she's not perfect and doesn't let people in immediately. She has made mistakes and found herself in some difficult situations. The investigation takes on an interesting supernatural twist when, during the investigation, Rose meets DS Moody who runs a secret department of the Met, UCIT (Uncharted Crimes Investigation Team) that deals with supernatural occurrences. She feels at home there, as in her own personal life she sees the ghost of her dead mother. The plot is multifaceted, suspenseful and gripping and I was guessing throughout. There were interesting twists and revelations but I never figured out who the killer was, even though there were a few eerie chapters from the killer’s point of view. Caroline Green has shown great aptitude in executing this series début and the ending was fitting for the story. Gripping to the final pages, I’m keen to read the next in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from HarperCollins via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Fans of Line and Duty and Behind Her Eyes will not want to miss C S Green’s Sleep Tight! As a police officer, DC Rose Gifford has learned to trust her instincts and listen to her gut and when she is called to investigate the murder of a young woman who had been found suffocated in her bed, Rose simply cannot shake off this feeling that there is something far more sinister going on here than meets the eye. Everything might seem straightforward and typical of a crime scene, however, Rose is certain Fans of Line and Duty and Behind Her Eyes will not want to miss C S Green’s Sleep Tight! As a police officer, DC Rose Gifford has learned to trust her instincts and listen to her gut and when she is called to investigate the murder of a young woman who had been found suffocated in her bed, Rose simply cannot shake off this feeling that there is something far more sinister going on here than meets the eye. Everything might seem straightforward and typical of a crime scene, however, Rose is certain that she is missing something vital that could lead her straight to the elusive killer the police cannot seem to catch, regardless of how many clues they uncover. But could a secret department within the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes help Rose to untangle the chilling threads of this mystery? DS Moony, who runs the UCIT, wants to help Rose out. But Rose is a sceptic who doesn’t believe in the supernatural and surely connecting with the other world is not going to help solve this mystery? But with nothing to lose and a dangerous killer biding their time in the shadows waiting to strike again, Rose realises that she needs to investigate every single avenue possible if she doesn’t want another woman to tragically lose her life. But is she ready to abandon her doubts in the pursuit of justice? Or will her scepticism end up hindering this investigation? In a race against time, Rose needs to find the killer fast because the consequences simply do not bear thinking about… C S Green’s Sleep Tight gives a fresh and eerie twist to the police procedural, leaving readers completely captivated by this tense, fast-paced and creepy crime thriller. DC Rose Gifford is a terrific detective – she is sharp, intelligent, meticulous and somebody it is an absolute pleasure to spend time with. Brilliantly-paced, wonderfully plotted and hard to put down, crime fiction fans need to add C S Green’s Sleep Tight to the very top of their must-buy list.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Evans

    Sleep Tight is the first in a brand new supernatural detective series. As the first in a series, this book does an excellent job of setting everything up and I know that I will happily follow along with DC Rose Gifford as this series continues. Rose is an excellent character and she felt so real on the pages. Her emotional struggles, her flawed characteristics are superbly done and I wanted so much for her to really come out of her shell. The story revolves around the death of a young woman who h Sleep Tight is the first in a brand new supernatural detective series. As the first in a series, this book does an excellent job of setting everything up and I know that I will happily follow along with DC Rose Gifford as this series continues. Rose is an excellent character and she felt so real on the pages. Her emotional struggles, her flawed characteristics are superbly done and I wanted so much for her to really come out of her shell. The story revolves around the death of a young woman who has been suffocated in her bed but there are no signs of a break-in. This begins the investigation and the unfolding of events that lead up to the big climax. This book was really interesting and, the supernatural elements were what kept me excited to read it. It was different and held my attention. The plot was fresh and unique and I can't wait to learn more about Moony in future books. I loved how Rose grew with the story and learned to trust herself and stop hiding. The writing was great, although for me, some of the descriptive paragraphs were a little overdone and I did find myself skimming through these to get back to the action and dialogue. If you enjoy description you'll love it, but I prefer to become the character as I read and don't care to know every single detail about what a person is wearing or what a room looks like unless it is relevant to the scene. I did find that once I started reading, I didn't want to put the book down and I was definitely intrigued as to where the story was going to go. I didn't guess the murderer but was pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what supernatural elements will be brought in next. I also can't wait to immerse myself in the world of the UCIT and get to know each of the characters better. All in all, this was a great read and something new and fresh.

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