Book: Where Sleeping Dogs Lie
Author: Luc Vors
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Who should read this book: fans of The Silent Patient, fans of deep psychological thriller
First I want to say thank you to Luc Vors for sending me a copy of his book to read for #ThrillerOctober in exchange for an honest review.
This one is messed up guys! There is a lot of psychology in this book, but it is very well explained. The story of Alyson hooked me right in. She’s a young girl in an experimental therapy program for people suffering from extreme PTSD. We find out Alyson had a rough childhood, like imagine the worst possible life for a child. I won’t spoil it because details are revealed in the book but it’s bad. In the experimental therapy, the patient makes an area in their head with constructs or other personalities, to help them face the traumas of their past. Alyson’s constructs are talking dogs that protect her and keep her safe while helping her through therapy. Her doctor, Alan Greene, works with her very closely…the same sort of closeness that he has with some of his other students. There is quite a lot of sex in this book which I did find slightly distracting from the thriller plot, but it’s also a revealing part of the characters.
Hook 2/2 points: We start the book by learning that Alyson is a murderer, but it’s not her, it’s one of her personalities. I was instantly hooked because I know the killer and now I’m waiting for the doctors and police to catch her. But how can you catch her when she doesn’t even know she’s doing it?
Writing 2/2 points: I enjoyed Vors writing style. The characters are well developed and the psychology is very well done. I find it difficult to follow some of the medical science sometimes in psychological thrillers, but this one was great.
Plot 1/2 points: The thriller/ serial killer plot was great, I loved the split personalities aspect and the police investigation. However, there was a lot of sex and I found that distracting from the story.
Twist 2/2 points: Completely blew my mind. I 100% did not see that coming at all and it was amazing. I flew through the last 100 pages of this book thinking holy crap how did I not see this and then remembering all the little clues Vors gave me.
Feel 1/2 points: Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a great psychological thriller to throw into the mix for #ThrillerOctober. I just found the sex stuff distracting, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me but sex and murder combined wasn’t doing it for me!