The Sleep Room

The Sleep Room When promising young psychiatrist James Richards 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 d

  • Title: The Sleep Room
  • Author: Frank Tallis
  • ISBN: 9781480447462
  • Page: 218
  • Format: ebook
  • When promising young psychiatrist James Richards 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 patientsWhen promising young psychiatrist James Richards 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 radically 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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    About "Frank Tallis"

    1. Frank Tallis

      Aka F.R Tallis.Dr Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist He has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry and King s College, London He has written self help manuals How to Stop Worrying, Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions non fiction for the general reader Changing Minds, Hidden Minds, Love Sick , academic text books and over thirty academic papers in international journals Frank Tallis novels are KILLING TIME Penguin , SENSING OTHERS Penguin , MORTAL MISCHIEF Arrow , VIENNA BLOOD Arrow , FATAL LIES Arrow , and DARKNESS RISING Arrow The fifth volume of the Liebermann Papers, DEADLY COMMUNION, will be published in 2010 In 1999 he received a Writers Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain and in 2000 he won the New London Writers Award London Arts Board In 2005 MORTAL MISCHIEF was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.

    517 thoughts on “The Sleep Room”


    1. This book pushed all those buttons for me. Hints of Gothic and the paranormal, mysterious people in out of the way places caring for what appear to be "hopeless and helpless" psychiatric patients. And in the English countryside. What else could this reader want? Not much else actually.The story is told by Dr James Richardson who answers an ad placed by a Dr Hugh Maitland to assist him at his psychiatric clinic located at Wyldehope Hall. Richardson is hired, accepts and begins an unusual job whic [...]


    2. "I did not recognize the sound at first. It arrived as nothing more than a subtle incursion: something seeping between the accumulated layers of silence.”The Sleep Room is outstanding. Suspenseful, compelling, and atmospheric, this has to be the creepiest book I’ve read in a long time, but far more than that, this is also a very intelligent story which questions the validity of medicating mental problems, which is, as it turns out, a preferred method in this tale, over the snidely dismissed [...]


    3. This book was such a disappointment! The premise sounds brilliant and could have been an amazing thriller But it left me flat.The protagonist is a clinical psychiatrist by profession but the narrative reads as a clinical report. You don't feel anything for him as a character whilst reading the book, you don't care if he lives it dies, is scared or not, whether he has a relationship with a nurse or not- he is just not likeable.There is scope within the plot to really build up a sense of forebodin [...]


    4. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.A naive young doctor, James Richards, is offered an intriguing position as the head of a mental hospital in the Suffolk countryside. With no ties in London, and eager to impress his charismatic psychiatrist boss, he wastes no time in setting off for the isolated location of his new job. His duties include overseeing the 'sleep room', the site of a controversial and unusual form of therapy, in which six schizophrenic patients - all young women - ar [...]


    5. This book had promise as a thrilling psychological thriller but never lived up to the hype. I was bored. Rather than actually getting to the action, the author was overly fond of setting up future events with lines such as, "It was an oversight that, in months to come, I would bitterly regret." I was constantly expecting something crazy and chilling to happen, and while there are some supernatural events in the book, it was never mysterious (to me) what was going on. It was too obvious. Also, th [...]


    6. Much to enjoy and admire in THE SLEEP ROOM, that is, quite literally, a novel of psychological horror, as it is set in a psychiatric hospital. Echoes of McGrath's ASYLUM, with a twist of Aickman and M R James. Some masterly set-pieces and a fascinating study of a man of science confronted by the uncanny, old school. Highly recommended.


    7. I don't know if this is just me? And because I'm a massive horror movie fan, and I have only just started reading scary type books, that I expected so much more from this kind of book. But I enjoyed it, never quite knowing where the story is leading you until the very end. That's how I like my endings. But I wasn't scared, just intrigued. The idea of the book was good! Worth a read! Definitely


    8. I love this author's Liebermann series, so when i saw this stand alone I was excited. An old house turned into a mental institution for those who cannot be helped by other means, a radical new psychiatrist who does not believe in Freud's talking cure, a new therapy involving prolonged sleep and a naive, somewhat new doctor who wants to learn and make a good impression. Of course things are not as simple as they first appear and there are things going on that have no reasonable explanation.There [...]


    9. 2.5 starsIn 1950's London, a young psychiatrist accepts a position running an experimental sleep clinic in the British countryside. He's responsible for the care of six deeply disturbed patients who are kept in an almost constant state of medically induced unconsciousness. Inexplicable happenings leave us wondering if we're witnessing the work of spirits, poltergeists, demons, insanity, a previously unknown scientific phenomena, or something else.The story itself is interesting although the tru [...]



    10. I’m going to be completely honest here and say I’m not quite sure what I think after reading this book. It’s my first dealing with the author and as it stands I cannot decide whether I want to read his other books or not. I was on edge as to whether to give this book a three or a four star review but in the end I went with the three – in all honesty though, if you could give half marks I would have handed it a three and a half.I think what troubled me is that for quite a while it felt to [...]


    11. This book was so slow at the beginning and then took a spooky turn and had me so excited to finish. The ending sucked and I didn't even get it all. I'm so sorry I wasted my time reading this!


    12. This book was a bit of a slow one. The pretence was interesting and I was invested in the story at the beginning of the novel, but I soon lost interest in this Shutter Island copy.“”A man dreams that he is a butterfly, and in the dream he has no knowledge of his life as a human being. When he wakes up, he asks himself two questions: Am I a man, who has just dreamed that he was a butterfly? Or am I really a butterfly, now dreaming that I am a man?”James Richardson is offered the job of a li [...]


    13. The way I explained the ending to myself:When James woke up he portrayed characteristics of almost each and every one of the patients that he cared for in his "dream". Therefore the different patients were simply different elements of James's personality. For example chapman was a chess player and he pinched himself repeatedly with James also did and also James explained the maternal feeling of loss of a child which he most likely felt when jane wouldn't give him a child. Sheila was simply his w [...]


    14. While the plot was interesting and the writing easy to follow and gripping. The story didn't give me the "scare" feeling I was going for. The plot was heavily built up to the climax but kind of fell through last minute. It felt as if everything from the climax to the ending was rushed. It left me unsatisfied by the truth behind the mystery of the sleep room.


    15. From the Doctor of Fear, comes the horror story that everyone is dreaming aboutAs haunting as Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black and as dark as James Herbert's The Secret of Crickley Hall, F. R. Tallis’s The Sleep Room is where your nightmares begin . . .When promising psychiatrist, James Richardson, is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime, 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 a co [...]


    16. Time taken to read - 2 daysPages - 400Publisher - PanBlurb from 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 potentiall [...]


    17. Usually I'm pretty quick to give books star rating. I either like them and finish them (5), or can't believe I'm in the same reality as the Telegraph reviewer (1). This one has me more puzzled. I did enjoy it and I did finish it.(view spoiler)[It's impossible to discuss the impact of this story without talking about the ending. Set in a hospital for people undergoing radical sleep therapy and ECT treatment in the 1950s, a young doctor takes the job of intern at the hospital. He finds in fact he' [...]


    18. I find it fascinating to read other reviews of The Sleep Room by F.R Tallis, because some people found this story to hit the perfect note of classic suspense, while others found it slow, predictable, and a letdown. It seems that the biggest disparity of opinion comes in reader's perceptions of the final twist of the novelme people thought it was brilliant, and others felt it undermined the rest of the book.Here are my thoughts about the The Sleep Room. First of all, I enjoyed the setting, the is [...]


    19. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.The Sleep Room is supposed to be a ghost story and, although there are some elements of one, it seems more like an historical novel about a psychiatrist. The story is based in the 1950's and I found it interesting that it is written like many novels from around that time period. Overall, I like F.R. Tallis's writing but I did do a lot of skipping in this book. For example, the letters from other doctors referring sleep room patients to Ma [...]


    20. This will be quite a difficult review to write, not because The Sleep Room is a difficult book (it isn't; it's an easy-peasy piece of quick-reading genre fiction that I picked up in Waterstone's because I wanted something to read while I had lunch in their cafe) but simply because I didn't really have any strong feelings about it whatsoever. I don't feel as if I wasted my time reading it, but equally I don't think I really got a great deal out of it either.The premise of The Sleep Room is that o [...]


    21. A gothic horror story set in an old psychiatric hospital on the windswept coast of England. Psychological experimentation circa mid-1950’s. A medical mystery that stumps one of the great psychiatrists of the day, as well as his young protégé. If any of this lights up the literary centers of your brain, you will want to read The Sleep Room by Edgar nominee F.R. Tallis.The story opens with promising young psychiatrist, Dr. James Richardson, accepting a position with one of the prominent psychi [...]


    22. Dr James Richardson is delighted to get the chance to work with well respected Hugh Maitland, Head of the department of Psychological Medicine at St Thomas’s. He is to work for a personal project of Dr Maitland’s, set in an isolated location, Wyldehope Hall, deep in rural Suffolk. Dr Richardson has been told that his predecessor, Dr Palmer, left suddenly and Dr Maitland is keen to stress that he understands the difficulties of the post. However, Dr Richardson sees good opportunities for his [...]


    23. This book was recommended to me by a "friend" on , and after the two "bombs" that I had previously read, I was looking for something different = BINGO ! The book has somewhat of a Gothic flavor to it and is a little creepy from the very beginning as the mental institution/clinic is situated on a bleak heath in an isolated, rural area hours from London; I almost expected Heathcliff to come charging in on his steed to rescue his beloved Cathy. The idea behind the treatment of the six women in the [...]


    24. On the surface this book seems that it has all the ingredients of a ghost story. An old, isolated house now used as a small psychiatric hospital, a previous doctor who left due to mysterious circumstances, unexplained pehenomena.I really, really wanted it to be a ghost story, but in the end you find out it wasn't a ghost story at all but something completely different. It's a bait and switch on the part of the author and I came away feeling cheated when it wasn't what I expected.There is a twist [...]


    25. In the fourth century BCE, a Chinese philosopher wrote down an idea that became a motif that’s recurred through philosophy and literature ever since. Zhuang Zhou wrote that he once dreamt he was a butterfly. When he woke, he couldn’t be sure if he’d been a man dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly now dreaming that it was a man. It’s a lot more poetic than René Descartes’ cogito ergo sum. The reason I bring this up is because with psychological thrillers, the senses can’t be tr [...]


    26. Someone recently told me ECT (electroconvulsive therapy / shock treatment) is actually still used today. I was quite shocked (albeit sans electric current) so checked it out myself and it seems it is - indeed - true. However, I'm assuming we've come a long way since the mid 1900s when it seemed hugely popular and used in its unmodified form - ie. when patients weren't given muscle relaxants etc beforehand. (Plus I have images of a tin bucket on someone's head with electrodes attached although ma [...]


    27. I read this book because I read a "great" review in Book Page and thought it sounded interesting even though I'm not ordinarily drawn to "ghost" stories - this one just sounded enough different that I gave it a try.It was packed with clichés - a chiller set in 1955, a small new, controversial hospital in an isolated location surrounded by thick mist and desolate marshland, hostile locals, disturbed patients, a sinister experimental treatment, unexplained goings-on, supernatural sightings, etc e [...]


    28. “The Sleep Room,” is a departure from Tallis's previous work about Dr. Max Liebermann, a crime-solving psychiatrist in the glittering Vienna of the early 20th century and that's not only because it’s set in 1950s England. Tallis’s publisher calls the novel “a brilliant reinvention of the ghost story.” Patrick Anderson, who reviewed "Sleep Room" for us, won’t dispute that, being largely ignorant of ghost stories that don’t involve Casper, but he reports that he found the novel fas [...]


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