Frank Tallis The Sleep Room

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The Sleep Room

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From Edgar nominee F. R. Tallis comes his latest tale of psychological suspense -- and a brilliant reinvention of the ghost story.

When promising young psychiatrist James Richardson is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime by the charismatic Dr. Hugh Maitland, he is thrilled. Setting off to take up his post at Wyldehope Hall in deepest Suffolk, Richardson doesn't look back. One of his tasks is to manage Maitland's most controversial project -- a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbed patients are kept asleep for months. If this radical and potentially dangerous procedure is successful, it could mean professional glory for both doctors.

As Richardson settles into his new life, he begins to sense something uncanny about the sleeping patients -- six women, forsaken by society. Why is Maitland unwilling to discuss their past lives? Why is the trainee nurse so on edge when she spends nights alone with them? And what can it mean when all the sleepers start dreaming at the same time? In this atmospheric reinvention of the ghost story, Richardson finds himself questioning everything he knows about the human mind as he attempts to uncover the shocking secrets of the sleep room.

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FRANK TALLIS is a writer and practicing clinical psychologist. He has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry and King's College London and is one of Britain's leading experts on obsessional states. In 1999 he received a Writers' Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain, and in 2000 he won the New London Writers Award.

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For psychiatrist James Richardson, working for the renowned Dr. Hugh Maitland at Wyldehope Hall in Suffolk in the 1950s is a rare professional opportunity that is bound to enhance his future prospects. But his sense of foreboding begins to grow in the remote setting, particularly surrounding the sleep room, Maitland’s controversial project in which six severely mentally ill women are treated by being kept asleep for months on end. As Richardson adjusts to his duties and establishes a romantic relationship with nurse Jane Turner, unexplained events, seemingly caused by a poltergeist, puzzle him and frighten a staff member and male patient, with disastrous consequences. At the same time, he observes that the dreams of the sleeping women are becoming synchronized, a situation that ultimately leads to tragedy. Clinical-psychologist Tallis, author of the Max Liebermann mysteries set in Freud’s Vienna (written under the name of Frank Tallis), explores the mysteries of the human mind and the nature of reality so skillfully that his final twist can be easily accepted in this novel of psychological suspense that’s firmly grounded in fact. --Michele Leber

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