Book Review – Sleeping Beauties by Jo Spain (Spoiler-Free!)

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The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers.

In five places.

Five graves.

A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland’s most scenic beauty spot – the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years. D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers – a serial killer, who hunts vulnerable women, and holds his victims captive before he ends their lives.

Soon the race is on to find Fiona Holland before it’s too late.


So, at the moment I’m rather annoyed as I have somehow managed to delete the review of this I had previously written, meaning I have to re-write it! I’ll start by saying that this books is one of my favourite reads of 2017. Mystery, good characters, suspense and a good plot. What more can a Thriller-lover want?

The main character, Tom, was brilliant. He’s the type of guy that I wish was real so that I could know him in real life. He’s determined, wise and just a great character. I also really liked Laura and Ray, and how there was a little something going on between them. It also didn’t take the focus away from the main plot, so I applaud Jo Spain for that.

I found the point of view changes really interesting in Sleeping Beauties. Every few chapters, it’d change from Tom’s to the perspective of one of the killers five victims before they were murdered. I thought that this definitely gave Spain an edge and it kept me reading, as I’d refuse to put the book down until I had read just one more chapter from one of the murdered women’s perspective. It was also rather chilling and somewhat heartbreaking to read their final thoughts before they died.

I played my game where I attempt to predict the ending, of course, and although I was somewhat right, there was a very big plot twist that left me gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

So, if you like Thrillers, I’d definitely recommend this one to you. Overall, I give this book 5 stars.


I’d like to thank Quercus Books for sending me a copy of Sleeping Beauties in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx


39 thoughts on “Book Review – Sleeping Beauties by Jo Spain (Spoiler-Free!)

  1. Oh no!! So sorry your review got deleted. Same thing happened to me on a tag I was doing. I had just finished and clicked saved then went out to the main page. I went back that night to set my publish date and BAM, everything was gone. I was so upset :(( I think this review still turned out amazing and so happy you loved it!! Great job!!

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