I Can’t Sleep by J E Rowney. As always a huge thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC of this book.
Synopsis… “I can’t sleep. Not since June 16th, 2018.Not since what happened… Traumatised by the events of her past, exhausted by insomnia, Becky Braithwaite believes that a new start will help her to recover. She leaves home to fulfil her brother’s dreams, and honour the life he never had but she soon finds that escaping from the past is not as easy as she imagined. Is her fatigued mind playing tricks on her, or is danger really lurking in the shadows?“
Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.
This book had great promise, and I was super keen to read it but I feel at some points it did let me down a little bit.
The book is based on Becky a journalism student who experienced a traumatic event in her life that turned her into an insomniac, who throughout the book becomes increasingly more paranoid and jumpy.
From the get go I was intrigued by this book, but I do feel a lot of that came down to us not knowing what said trigger event was and obviously wanting to know… That being said, as the book built up we were able to piece together elements of said event.
As the book was written entirely from Becky’s POV I felt we didn’t get to see much of the other characters, which was a good thing as it made us super aware of how little Becky observed and how her life had been overtaken by her insomnia.
The writing itself was good but I do feel the author tried a bit too hard to build suspense into every sentence. The chapters were the perfect length though and helped me devour this book in a day!
The ending was what put this book so high in my rating, I had goosebumps when I was reading it and now I have no idea what to trust or who to believe when I think back on everything I read during it…
I wouldn’t say this is the best thriller I’ve read but it definitely pulled me and made me question everything I had read previously. Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought.
Until next time, Em xxx