I must admit that I’m not much of a horror \ scary fan, but Sleepless was a gripping and thrilling read.
I met Lou Morgan at the start of the year at the UKYA Extravaganza, and after she told me about Sleepless I had to pick it up.
With the pressure to succeed in their exams, Izzy and her friends are encouraged to take pills one of her friends got off the internet which are supposed to improve your focus. Izzy is unsure, but does it because the rest of her friends are taking them and she can’t fail and get kicked out. Well that was never going to end well was it?
It turns out that the pills are much more than pills that just help your focus, and the side effects are horrifying.
Because I was ridiculously busy when I first started reading Sleepless, it took me a while to really get into it and get to grips with all of the characters. Once I had time to sit down and read a good chunk of it, I couldn’t put it down and finished it off in a couple of hours straight.
Our main character is Izzy, who has recently moved to Clerkenwell. Throughout the book she makes some references to an incident at her previous school and her leaving, but it’s never explained which seemed a bit strange. Come the end of the book, I was still curious to know what had happened.
For me, Sleepless was exactly the right amount of horror. As I said earlier, I’m not a massive horror fan – I’m pretty sure I’d struggle to sleep for weeks (pun!) if I read anything by Stephen King.
It was thrilling, and I had to find out what happened next. It was well-written, there was plenty to keep you interested and trying to figure out what happened next, and it was enjoyable.
The ending was a but abrupt and unclear for my liking. I’m not a fan of uncertain endings, I like to know exactly how it happened with no questions left.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable, and gripping horror (that’s not too terrifying) then Sleepless is well worth a read.
Do you like horror books?