Also by this author: The Crimson Corset, Mother, The Ghosts of Ravencrest
The Dead Don't Always Rest in Peace
Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own - and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.
When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder - and he becomes a likely suspect. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.
Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.
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He has a way of giving hints along the way that make the reader wonder if he is trying to hint at who we should be looking at or not. I swear he had me considering almost everyone as a suspect at one point or another. He gives little clues along the way that if you notice them, you feel like you should get a gold star for noticing before the characters do.
Cross is great at creating disgusting characters. Whether they be physically disgusting or mentally depends on the story, but he never disappoints. He does have little cameo appearances by characters from other books, which I enjoy (the cameos and the books).
Honestly, my only complaint is that I felt it highly improbable for Savannah to contact Jason, a new guy in town, after her death. While I do understand it, I thought it was weird when there were so many other people she could have contacted.
There are parts in Sleep Savannah, Sleep where the imagery Cross presents reminds me of earlier Stephen King (I’m not a fan of his more recent stuff). I very rarely make author comparisons because I feel each author has his or her own piece of their soul they contribute to their story and it’s not right to really compare them. They are all individuals, but if I HAD to make the comparison, that’s where it would be.
Overall, Sleep Savannah, Sleep is a good mystery told by a talented writer who obviously enjoys writing the tales he tells. He is creative and knows how to keep the reader guessing. If you like ghost type mysteries, check out this book.