Today I am taking part in the publication day push and sharing my review for Sleepless by Louise Mumford, published by HQ Digital.
Sleepless by Louise Mumford
Release Date: 10th of December 2020
Print Length: 350 pages
Genre: Dystopian Psychological Thriller
Publisher: HQ Digital
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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!
Thea, who suffers from insomnia, signs up to participate in a sleep trial after she is involved in a car accident. But this isn’t just any sleep trial and it soon becomes clear to Thea, that this is not a trial to help her sleep, but is one that wants to control her sleep…
When I was offered the chance to read Sleepless, I was immediately drawn to the title as I can relate to this, so I was very interested to see Louise Mumford’s take on sleeplessness. What I got though, was a story so much more than what I and Thea bargained for!
The plot is original, fresh, well written and researched and really gets under your skin. I was still thinking about this book weeks after I had finished reading it. It just consumes you and you will have a sleepless night racing through the pages to see how it will all unfold!
Thea is an interesting character who I could definitely relate to, although now that I have read this, I will not be participating in any sleep trials in the present or in the future thank you very much! I also absolutely loved Vivian, Thea’s mother, who is a standout and is a big part of what makes this book great.
Sleepless is clever, complex, twisty, unique and a very compelling story. As a debut novel, Louise Mumford has nailed it and I will be interested in reading more of her work going forward. It was a pleasure to read and review Sleepless, which I recommend.
Thank you to Louise Mumford, HQ Digital and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Sleepless, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Let’s Get to Know 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 10th Dec 2020.
Stay up to date with Louise’s work by following her on Goodreads and these social media accounts.
Publication Day Push Organiser
A special thank-you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join in with the Sleepless publication day push and for providing me with the promotional materials.
If you are an author looking to have a publication day push, I can not recommend Rachel enough for your needs. You can get in touch with Rachel by the following links.
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