In the dead of night, madness lies…
Emma can’t sleep.
CHECK THE WINDOWS
It’s been like this since her big 4-0 started getting closer.
LOCK THE DOORS
Her mother stopped sleeping just before her 40th birthday too. She went mad and did the unthinkable because of it.
LOOK IN ON THE CHILDREN
Is that what’s happening to Emma?
WHY CAN’T SHE SLEEP?
Praise for Insomnia
‘If you loved Behind Her Eyes, prepare to be totally and utterly blown away by Insomnia. Sarah Pinborough is a twisted genius’ Lisa Jewell
‘Pinborough writes like an absolute dream about an absolute nightmare. I loved it!’ Richard Osman
‘Another mind-twisting, genre-bending rollercoaster from Queen of WTF Sarah Pinborough’ Ruth Ware
‘Queen of the impossible, this heart pounding thriller will have you up all night’ Clare Mackintosh
‘Creepy as all get out – a gaslighting masterclass’ Ian Rankin
‘Pinborough’s unsettling, remorseless psychological thriller is horribly plausible and expertly plotted’ Sunday Times
'Insomnia is a twisted, dark ride that keeps you gripped, unable to look away. Utterly addictive and highly recommended’ Lucy Clarke
‘Don't start this at night – it's guaranteed to steal your sleep’ Cara Hunter
‘One crazy sleepless ride building up to a hideously tense climax. Expertly done – Sarah Pinborough is the queen of unsettling, twisty reads’ Harriet Tyce
'This terrifying thriller about a family under threat from within is a total page-turner’ Gilly Macmillan
‘Absolutely brilliant, completely unputdownable and so satisfying’ Jenny Colgan
‘A whip smart page turning triumph’ Jane Shemilt
‘Compelling and alarming with just a touch of the paranormal’ Catherine Cooper
‘An absolute must-read’ Joe Hill
‘Well crafted and insanely clever’ C. M. Ewan
'A genuine up all night, compellingly twisty thriller of a book' Araminta Hall
About the author
Sarah Pinborough is a New York Times bestselling and Sunday Times Number one and Internationally bestselling author who is published in over 30 territories worldwide. Having published more than 25 novels across various genres, her recent books include Behind Her Eyes, now a smash hit Netflix limited series, Dead To Her, now in development with Amazon Studios, and 13 Minutes and The Death House in development with Compelling Pictures.
Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the British Book Award for best Thriller.
Sarah lives in the historic town of Stony Stratford, the home of the Cock and Bull story, with her dog Ted.
You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sarah Pinborough expertly uses the discombobulating effects of sleeplessness to create a haunting, disconcerting atmosphere that will keep you gripped throughout this excellent psychological thriller. Approaching her 40th birthday, Emma Averell has been skilfully and happily balancing motherhood with a dynamic legal career. But a bout of insomnia digs up past trauma and ignites a panic that she’s suffering a hereditary mental illness that could present a danger to her family. As her behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and paranoid, Emma begins to suspects someone close may be driving her unravelling. After a patient build-up, Pinborough dials up the pace and tension for an original, thought-provoking and convincing final twist.
In this gripping if flawed domestic thriller from British author Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes), Leeds solicitor Emma Averell sees her enviable existence start to implode days before she turns 40, the age at which her mother's psychotic breakdown shattered their family. As Emma struggles with insomnia, her mind races with obsessive thoughts what if she really is going off the rails like her mother? Increasingly exhausted, she bungles client conferences and snaps at her stay-at-home husband, Robert, and their two children. Emma loses it when an emergency call from her estranged older sister, Phoebe, tricks her into a situation that lands her in a murder investigation. She becomes convinced she's being gaslighted by either Phoebe or Robert, who kicks her out of the house because of professed concern about the impact her deteriorating mental state is having on their kids. As she strives to figure out who's trying to destroy her and why, the suspense becomes almost unbearable. Only a paranormal-tinged deus ex machina to tie up the unruly plot twists disappoints. Readers should be prepared for a page-turner that at times is too unsettling to be thoroughly enjoyable. Agent: Grainne Fox, Fletcher & Co.