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Don’t close your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t let them in.
Thea is an insomniac; she hasn’t slept more than three hours a night for years.
So when an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life pops up on her phone, Thea knows this is her last chance at finding any kind of normal life.
Soon Thea’s sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. So much so that at first she’s willing to overlook the oddities of the trial – the lack of any phone signal; the way she can’t leave her bedroom without permission; the fact that all her personal possessions are locked away, even her shoes.
But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep…
An unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller for fans of The One, Behind Her Eyes and Girl A!
If you pop by my blog regularly you may have seen me say that I’m not scared by things that go bump in the night, but more by things that are potentially real and about human nature etc. Sleepless completely played on these fears for me and I was gripped from the very beginning by the intense storytelling and terrifying reality of the situation.
Sleepless is an edgy thriller with elements of sci-fi and it is superb! With a vibe of Black Mirror (which I love), it’s a story that is difficult to shake off once you’ve delved in.
The opening chapters really develop a character who is at breaking point from lack of sleep. Everything seems disjointed and slow, like moving through treacle and it’s such a clever way of giving the reader that insight into Thea’s mental and physical state. Initially, Thea seems fairly unlikeable as a character and it took me a while to warm to her but again, I think a clever way of demonstrating the effect of insomnia at an extreme level. Such brilliant character development.
The plot is fast paced, and action packed. There was never a moment where I felt I was losing interest or where something was unnecessary. I loved how nobody involved with the study was trustworthy and I was even suspicious of Thea at times as she sometimes seemed unstable and unreliable.
The first half of the book has a more surreal thriller-esq quality and then the second part becomes more like a light sci-fi action thriller. The mix of the genres means I had no idea which way this novel was going to end or which direction it would take.
Full of suspense and some really thought provoking ideas, I couldn’t put this down.
Author Bio – Louise Mumford
Louise was born and lives in South Wales. From a young age she loved books and dancing, but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting happening in the world whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever since.
She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)
In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then.
Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.
Her debut thriller, SLEEPLESS, will be published by HQ on 11th Dec 2020.
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