Sleepless by Louise Mumford

A fast paced cat and mouse chase with a great ending!

I received this advanced copy from HQ on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sleepless by Louise Mumford
Out 10th December

Opening Line: “There was already a gridlock of cars stretching away behind the accident.”

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…

3 / 5

This wasn’t what I was expecting at all!

Going into this I assumed Thea would take part in a sleep trial, come home after being ‘cured’ and then she would experience strange things happening…..that’s not how it went at all.

This is definitely more of a dystopian psychological thriller which was a little gruesome at times. The book is set during the entire sleep trial where you a thrown into this crazy whirlwind experiment of sorts. There are hints of ghosts and then pretty early on in the book you find out what is happening and from then on it’s this creepy cat and mouse chase.

There were a few niggles, such as the chapters with Thea’s mum. I didn’t quite understand why they were included as I didn’t feel they added to the story in any way.

Once you discover what is going on it is fast paced and whilst it wasn’t what I was expecting it was still an enjoyable and quick read. The ending was great though and gave me chills!

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