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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Review: Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough

by Sarah Pinborough

Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: April 12, 2022
Kindle Edition
336 Pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Emma Averell loves her life—her high-powered legal career, her two beautiful children, and her wonderful stay-at-home husband—but it wasn’t always so perfect. When she was just five years old, Emma and her older sister went into foster care because of a horrific incident with their mother. Her sister can remember a time when their mother was loving and “normal,” but Emma can only remember her as one thing—a monster. And that monster emerged right around their mother’s fortieth birthday, the same age Emma is approaching now.

Emma desperately wants to keep her successful life separate from her past, so she has always hidden her childhood trauma. But then she’s unable to sleep, and now losing time during the day, also one of the first symptoms her mother showed. Is the madness in her blood, just as her mother predicted? Could she end up hurting her family in her foggy, frenetic state? Or is she truly beginning to lose her mind?

My Review:

INSOMNIA!!!  What is the longest you have gone without any sleep?  I think I've lasted around 72 hours back when I was young and didn't need a whole lot.  Now, I struggle with the 5-6 hours I may get these days. Nights. Whatever.  Do you know what happens to your body when you don't sleep... and yes, it can kill you.

I have a love for Pinborough's writing - maybe because she's horror/psych thriller and these are my favorite genres.  From the time I found that someone unbeknownst to me traded my arc of Behind Her Eyes for a taco in my tote bag with only 50 pages to go to her darker, sexier retellings, to her YA thrillers... let's just say I'm a fan.  I recently caught a bit of @crimebythebook's IG Live with Sarah which reminded me to stop everything and go buy this book and I sure am glad that I did!

First of all, not only does this book deal with the terrible effects of insomnia and how it wreaks havoc on your body, it also deals with that ever unsettling feeling of OMG, I'm turning 40!! (I may not have had the same concerns as Emma but lemme tell ya, the 40s are FUN, so go in wide eyed and ENJOY IT!)  Secondly, Pinborough takes us on Emma's ride and you get to feel like you're going insane right along with her.  Now, I will say I can already feel people probably complaining about some of it being a bit repetitive but it truly lends to the story here considering the subject matter.  

Every time I thought I knew what was going on (and believe you me, my mind went in several crazy directions), I was proven wrong.  And that ending is honestly what cinched it for me.  For those who weren't happy with the ending of Behind Her Eyes, don't worry.  Pick this up.  Read it.  Become obsessed right along with Emma.  The ending is completely unexpected but lends well to the storyline.  Go. Run.  Don't sleep on this. 😏 (Sorry, couldn't help myself!)


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