Sleeping in Eden


How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Howard Books


On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. Lucas is almost certain the remains belong to Angela Sparks, the missing daughter of the man whose lifeless body dangles from a rope above. When Angela went missing years earlier, he and his wife never really believed she was just another teenage runaway. Fueled by passion, Lucas resolves to uncover the details of Angela’s suspected death, to bring some closure to their small community and to his wife. But his obsession may not be able to fix what is broken, and Lucas may be chasing shadows…

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Jess, Meg’s older neighbor, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan and the history they shared no matter how hard she tried. Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s investigation in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.


Sleeping in Eden is a story of young love, marriage survival intertwined with a mystery. It’s an easy to read book, though at times it feels like the focus is on the characters rather than the story, resulting in a very abrupt ending and the link between the stories coming very far into the story.

Through two storylines the reader gets to know Lucas Hudson and his wife Jenna, and Meg Painter and the love triangle she experiences with Dylan and Jess. For a long time, it seems as if there’s no link between the stories, but slowly the link between the two is made.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is how well the characters are written and developed throughout the story. I really felt like I got to know every character which was great. The situations they are in are intense and believable. However, as mentioned before the focus on the characters somewhat takes away from the story as the reader is often led back to how the characters are feeling. That said, I think Sleeping In Eden is well worth reading. It’s beautifully written and intriguing.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
Heart Shaped Bruise- Tanya Byrne

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