'The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost.' Richard and Lelia's child is conceived in a moment of giggling chaos as they dress for a Christmas party. When they arrive, rudely late and still glowing, they barely register a slight, drab woman in the hall. Sylvie. As their baby grows, so ...
'The day our child was conceived, someone else arrived. She was there as the cells fused, like a ghost.' Richard and Lelia's child is conceived in a moment of giggling chaos as they dress for a Christmas party. When they arrive, rudely late and still glowing, they barely register a slight, drab woman in the hall. Sylvie. As their baby grows, so too does the presence of that barely noticeable figure. Slowly Richard finds himself seduced by Sylvie's subtle, almost imperceptible charm. As he grows more ambivalent about the approaching birth of his child, Lelia finds herself haunted by painful secrets of her past. And Sylvie seems to be nowhere, yet everywhere. She's as invisible as she wants to be, and that is the source of her power. Beware of mice. How far can you trust even those you love? A story of compulsion, desire, darkness and betrayal, Sleep With Me moves towards a breathtaking climax. It confirms Joanna Briscoe as a major literary talent.
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-08-01 The smart, suspenseful U.S. debut of Brit Briscoe (Skin; Mothers and Other Lovers) begins between the sheets as 30-somethings Lelia and Richard unknowingly conceive a child before breathlessly skipping across town to a friend's Christmas party. Though Richard, a newspaper editor, and Lelia, an academic, struggle with their careers, their values and the question of marriage, they are content in their relationship and their future together. Enter Sylvie Lavigne, a nondescript friend of a friend, new to town, who suddenly, mysteriously appears at their every turn. Richard receives a series of unsettling anonymous e-mails, serialized snippets of a Victorian-style novel with macabre overtones. As Lelia's pregnancy advances, both Lelia and Richard discover that their domestic calm is bound up in a web of deceit, uncertainty and unresolved memories. Told from alternating points of view, the story follows the couple as they become consumed by their individual doubts and obsessions. Briscoe has a knack for rendering a contemporary, urban setting, and her characters are intelligent and psychologically insightful, believable even as the plot takes its most fantastical twists. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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