Genre: Mystery / Paranormal
Synopsis: It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.
Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.
Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?
200words (or less) review: Insomnia is a really intense story following Parker as he begins to succumb to his sleep deprivation. The last person he makes eye-contact with will be the person whose dreams he visits that night. Then one night he meets Mia and for the first time in years he gets to sleep because her dreams are different.
Parker’s actions in ensuring that Mia is the last person he makes eye contact with spiral out of control. Amazingly J.R. Johansson still manages to make Parker likable during this. As a narrator he remains a character to route for even when his methods are highly questionable. His best friend is amazing and I loved Addie.
Given the importance of Mia her character seems a little bland. She is ‘the girl’ at the centre of everything but doesn’t come across as actively taking part in her life. Everything just sort of happens.
Insomnia builds very well, with J.R. Johansson storytelling ensuring that you’ll be turning the pages to the end. As the beginning of a new series I think this books sets everything up beautiful with a promise of good things to come.