From Edgar nominee F. R. Tallis comes his latest tale ofpsychological suspense—and a brilliant reinvention of the ghost story.
When promising young psychiatrist James Richardson isoffered 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 mostcontroversial project—a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbedpatients are kept asleep for months. If this radical and potentially dangerousprocedure is successful, it could mean professional glory for both doctors.
As Richardson settles into his new life, he begins to sensesomething uncanny about the sleeping patients—six women, forsaken by society.Why is Maitland unwilling to discuss their past lives? Why is the trainee nurseso on edge when she spends nights alone with them? And what can it mean whenall the sleepers start dreaming at the same time? In this atmosphericreinvention of the ghost story, Richardson finds himself questioning everythinghe knows about the human mind as he attempts to uncover the shocking secretsof the sleep room.