A Novel

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Publisher Description

Named One of the Best Thrillers by the Washington Post

“Possibly my favorite of Pinborough’s yet, and that’s saying something. It’s an absolute rollercoaster of a ride: twist upon twist, expertly handled. I actually gasped out loud several times. So atmospheric and sexy… A triumph!" — Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author, on Dead to Her

In this mind-bending thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, Emma Averell worries that her sudden insomnia is a sign that she’s slowly going insane—like the mother she’s worked so hard to leave in her past, soon to be a series on Paramount+

In the dead of night, madness lies...

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 deeply disturbing 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 milestone Emma is approaching now.

Emma desperately wants to keep her childhood trauma in the past, but as she stops being able to sleep, she also can’t stop thinking about what happened all those years ago. Is the madness in her blood? Could she end up hurting her family in her foggy, half-awake state, just like her mother? Or is there another explanation for the strange things that keep happening around her? Emma must unravel the dark strands of her past to protect the people she loves… or risk losing it all, including her sanity.

Unsettling and utterly addicting, Insomnia is a heart-pounding thriller that will have you up all night.

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 12
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

Razzles7 ,

The more I think about this thriller, the more I love it!

This was the book that won the vote for the pick of the month of May for The Wine & Crime Book Club I host on The Nerdy Narrative on YouTube.

There is nothing better than a thriller that has a main character scared of something you yourself have struggled with.

Emma is within days of turning 40 - the age where her mother finally snapped and went insane. Emma's mother always told her she would be just like her and now that 40 is knocking, Emma is feeling very anxious - enough to find herself unable to sleep. Insomnia becomes the least of her worries as events are set into motion that sends Emma into a spiral.

Some might read this and think that it's just not plausible for one person's life to get so out of control so fast. I'm telling you it is absolutely believable - come let me tell you about MY life sometime. LOL Which is probably why this book had me chewing my nails and turning page after page after page. While I was reading it, I unfortunately got really sick and was placed on steroids, which kept ME from sleeping, so I really related to Emma's suffering from insomnia. The exhaustion, the brain fog, not being able to remember what you did - I was right there with her.

Now, I will say I do wish the author had taken a different route as far as the big mystery of what all was happening (or not happening). The nature of it, now that IS something I love usually, but I feel if it had not been used in this one, it would have been better. That's just my personal opinion - I still really enjoyed the book and will definitely get my hands on more Sarah Pinborough!

WarDaddy999 ,

Loved it

Could not put it down. Loved the authors style of writing. Easy to read.

Elizabeth Jane ,

Skip it.

Trite, uninteresting story. No sense of tension, full of red herrings.Poorly written and a few grammatical errors.

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