Book Review: None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

β€œIt’s a kind of sickness, I think. Or a defect of the soul.”

Jesus, was this a read.

I’m on a real serial killer kick lately. Unemployed and bored at home due to the pandemic I’ve been rotating Hulu and Netflix more than ever.

That means constant rewatches of Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill, The Haunting of Hill House and some other personal favorites. But this is also an opportunity for me to expand to newer shows.

I had heard of Mindhunter thanks to my friends and was immediately sucked in thanks to the great story and premise. I had always wondered what went into the process of hunting down murderers and serial killers. And thus a rabbit hole I tumbled down into. A scary and perhaps dangerous one for me because I hardly sleep as it is. Just what am I doing to myself?

I’m a huge fan of The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and consider it to be one of my favorite books AND movie. I usually try to shy away from books that compare them to another but when I read the plot to None Shall Sleep I knew that this was the perfect novel for me. I still went into it with an open mind.

None Shall Sleep is similar to The Silence of the Lambs in that we have protagonists try to dissect the minds of murderers. The stark difference is that the interrogators are not FBI agents but instead two teenagers who have been through the worse that life has to offer.

Emma Lewis survived being captured by a serial killer. She is the one who got away and the one who can never forget or forgive.  Travis Bell is the son of an officer killed by another notorious killer.  These two know one another’s stories but only meet when brought together by Edmund Cooper, federal agent in the Behavioral Science unit. He recruits these two because he needs their help and he knows  they are the only ones who can bring this project the justice it deserves.

He employs Emma and Travis in interviewing teen serial killers to try to better understand why they did what they did. 

Along the way they reach a crux in which they have to interview one of the country’s biggest monsters sociopath and murderer  Simon Gutmunsson. Simon is suave, cunning, and beautiful and Simon knows just how to play the game.  Emma has to face her fears and her past because Simon is also the key in unlocking a series of murders occurring right now. She has to be strong even if she feels that her strength is a fallacy.

Like I said earlier this was a read and I mean that in a great way!

The story and characters are engaging.  I read this in one night because I couldn’t stand to not know what was happening. Its engaging from the very start and doesn’t let go until the very end. The twists and secrets while brutal are necessary to the story and keeps you entranced as if under a spell.

I did find the character of Simon to be a little too similar to the infamous Hannibal Lecter in terms of his personality. If anything that is the book’s only downfall.  I didn’t like Simon but of course I’m not supposed to. Honestly if he wasn’t a deranged killer I still wouldn’t like him, good looks and charms be all.

Emma was wonderful to read about and a refreshing protagonist. This is a girl who has seen hell and just wants to heal. She wants to save people and that is so admirable because if I had gone through what she had…you would never catch me outside again.

For my lovers of True Crime or if you’re just looking for something well written and heart racing to read this my friends, is for you.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ 4/5

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