YA book reviews, reading and recommending since 2009

Sleepless by Thomas Fahy

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.

Honestly I expected so much more from this book, sad to say, Sleepless did not meet my expectations. I found the cover pretty cool and was intrigue by the story but however I had problems with it. My biggest complaint was character development. Everyone except Emma were underdeveloped. Readers were not provided with enough background information on the characters. If the book had an additional 50 pages on the different backgrounds, I think it could have been better.

I had a few other problems with this book but I won’t go into great details. The plot slowed down a bit somewhere in the middle of the book, which I felt was inappropriate. It would have been much better if the pacing was faster and there were more investigation done to find out who was behind it. Not just pick a name out of thin air and say “that person is behind this!”. The creepy atmosphere was well written and I would advise readers not to read this at night or you might get nightmares!

Overall Sleepless was an ok book, great cover, interesting premise but not very well written. I wouldn’t recommend it to people looking for a mystery novel or thrillers. I also would encourage you to get it from the library if you should choose to pick up Sleepless as I feel it’s not worth paying so much for the hardcover.

Bronze star (1.5/5 stars)


Comments on: "Sleepless by Thomas Fahy" (14)

  1. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! The cover caught my attention too.

  2. pepsivanilla said:

    The cover creeps me out! Too bad it’s not a better read though, thanks for the review!

  3. Great cover, love the review.

  4. The cover is different 🙂 I don’t think this book is for me.

  5. It’s a shame this wasn’t more enjoyable. I find the cover creepy but it is eye catching. Your review was well written and informative, Thanks.

  6. This is the third review I’ve read of Sleepless and I think that it sounds like a good book but I’ll take your advice and just get it from the library.

  7. Oh, I’m so glad I read this review because when I first saw the cover on here I thought…oh man I def. have to read this. The cover is awesome. But now I won’t be in a hurry to read it. I hate it when characters are underdeveloped because I’m all about character driven books.

    Nice review!!!

  8. You’re much better than me–I recently read a book with an EXTREMELY underdeveloped main character, and I just said ‘whatever’ and included a million spoilers in my review. I couldn’t help myself, I hated the book so much I just had to let it all out… haha so props to you for not going into “great details” in your review.

    Anyway this is on my TBR, I like the cover too, and you’re not the first person I’ve seen say it disappointed them. I will try it out anyhow I suppose. Thanks for the [non-spoiling] review! Haha.

  9. I was originally attracted by the cover, but now that I’ve seen this review, maybe I’ll give it a pass…

  10. The cover is so creepy to me with the blood dripping down her face. I will take your advice and get it from the library instead.

  11. *sigh* I was hoping this book was going to be great. I’ve seen many one or two star reviews for it. I LOVE the cover and premise… I think I’m going to get it from my library so I can see what everyone else is having problems with. =)


  12. Well written review! I hadn’t read anything about this book, although I did see the cover the other day and thought it looked awesome. I am interested in the story – sucks about the flaws and underdeveloped characters though. I’ll still give it ago soon and see how I like it 🙂

  13. Jennifer L said:

    Huh. This is on my “I-Want” list, based on the synopsis and cover. Now I wonder if maybe I should wait and try to find it used instead of shelling out the price for a new copy.

  14. Nice review. The cover creeps me out so much, though, so I don’t think I would pick this up 😦

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