Book Review: The Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara

July 21, 2020 Book review 2 ★★★★½

The Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara grabbed my attention from beginning to end. Which meant that not much sleep happened for me until I unravelled this PERPLEXING and CREEPY mystery.

Thanks to Poolbeg Press for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The Sleeper Lies by Andrea MaraThe Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara
Published by Poolbeg Press on February 6, 2020
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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I step forward, breathing fast. Movement. I force myself to take another step. I think about all of it, all of the deaths and all of the accidents and all of the pain. And I know what I need to do.


It’s March 2018, and the country is covered in snow. Roads are impassable, shops are running out of food, and official advice is to stay indoors. Marianne lives on her own and works from home, so this isn’t a problem. Until she wakes one morning in her house in the middle of nowhere and finds footprints trailing all across her garden. Half-asleep, she is at first curious. Then she realises the footprints stop at her bedroom window, and curiosity gives way to unease. Who was looking in at her, while she was asleep?


As the big freeze worsens and the stalker begins to leave disturbing mementoes, Marianne’s thoughts go back two decades to the schoolyard outburst that tore her childhood apart. Old feuds resurface, and the mystery of her mother’s death is pulled back into focus. Marianne begins to see patterns – is there a link between her stalker and the true crime story she’s been obsessively researching, or does the answer lie closer to home?

24 DAYSIn the end, 24 days is all it takes for everything to come crashing down.

!@#$ addictive Murder Mystery Page-Turner

First Line of The Sleeper Lies by Andrea Mara:

“I don’t know what a dead body looks like.”

5 Things I Loved about The Sleeper Lies

  • The tense atmosphere. Marianne lives in an isolated cottage, cut off from people by the snow, and a stalker is leaving sinister clues about their presence. I was SHOOK just reading about it.
  • Parts of the book are set in Denmark. And included Nordic folklore stories which added a whimsical element and I thoroughly appreciated how well the tales fitted in with the plot.
  • Online sleuthing facebook groups. I’ve no interest in true crime so this was truly eye opening for me and made for an unusual and absorbing side plot.
  • A very tangled and complex story which had me perplexed
  • The slow burn reveal (which I often hate) was excellently executed. I felt so anxious and curious and downright spooked that the pacing had me slap bang in the middle of the action right along with Marianne.
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Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars

This is one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year, and I don’t think I can say more than that.

Who should read The Sleeper Lies?

I highly recommend this book to you if you enjoy creepy, tense, slow burn mysteries. Fans of authors such as Liz Nugent, Jo Spain and Patricia Gibney might also enjoy.

About Andrea Mara

Andrea Mara is a crime novelist from Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her husband and three young children.

Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall, was shortlisted for the Kate O'Brien Award 2018, and her second book, One Click, was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the 2018 An Post Irish Book Awards.
Her third novel, The Sleeper Lies is out now and has become a Irish Times Top 10 bestseller.

Andrea also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog,

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