Sleepless by Thomas Fahy (August 11th 2009—Simon and Schuster)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “Emma Montgomery has been experiencing nightmares of gruesome murders. In fact, all of the students in Dr. Beecher's secret society have been having terrible dreams and sleepwalking. Now, as their classmates start turning up dead, Emma and her friends race against the clock to find out what's causing them to kill in their sleep.”
Review: Sleepless was a novel of mystery, drama, and suspense. We start off with New Orleans where the magic is seemingly everywhere. Bring that back to Emma’s hometown and we’re stuck with a duh duh duh…mystery! So basically everyone’s dying: Murder, drowning, suicide, you name it, they’ve done it.
There’s a lot of a build up in the first few chapters. The prologue gave a startling dialogue where Emma’s father talks about Emma and how she sleepwalks which relates to the case where many of the children murdering in their sleep. The action, however, dies a bit and we’re left with drugs and drama. The characters also falter a little. Not so much where you’re left scratching your heads though.
Then it picks up again towards the middle with…murder! Now we’re talking. So the mystery thriller aspect of the book finally reveals itself and the reader is captured in a scene by scene as the characters struggle to stay awake and figure out what the heck’s going on.
In some areas the question of New Orleans is a start but left unanswered. How does the scene from New Orleans connect to the true reason behind the murder? The sleepwalking girl was said to be controlled by voodoo yet the ending of the novel Emma was controlled by something else entirely. I didn’t, however, expect the turn of events. Surprising.
It seemed a bit grittier than what I had hoped. Still the cover is worth a second glance in a bookstore.