“There are no monsters. Only people.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie in this riveting psychological thriller about two teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down juvenile serial killers.
In 1982, two teenagers—serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell—are recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. From the start, Emma and Travis develop a quick friendship, gaining information from juvenile murderers that even the FBI can’t crack. But when the team is called in to give advice on an active case—a serial killer who exclusively hunts teenagers—things begin to unravel. Working against the clock, they must turn to one of the country’s most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson. Despite Travis’s objections, Emma becomes the conduit between Simon and the FBI team. But while Simon seems to be giving them the information they need to save lives, he’s an expert manipulator playing a very long game…and he has his sights set on Emma.
The fact that this book got quietly released with pretty much no hype is just another loss for 2020. This is basically the YA version of Silence of the Lambs and I absolutely devoured this book. I mean, come on if you’re going to compare anything to that movie I am ALL IN. If you haven’t watched the movie but enjoy reading about serial killers and trying to understand their motives then you need to do two things 1. watch the movie and 2. read this book immediately. It’s truly the perfect read as we sadly come to the end of spooky season.
What I Liked
✒️ Writing. On top of this just being an incredibly good story the writing was done so well. There wasn’t much flow-y, overly descriptive writing. In fact, it felt like it had more a clinical approach as the author described what the murder victims looked like and the circumstances surrounding the serial killers but it worked so incredibly well. I legitimately could not put this down because the author did such a wonderful job of sucking you into the story.
👨👩👧👦 Characters. Emma is a final girl – the lone survivor of a serial killer and Travis’ father was murdered by The Artist – a notorious teenage serial killer. Together with their back stories they create an incredible team and I enjoyed all of the time we spent with them, however, the real winner of this show is Simon, The Artist. Emma and Travis must work together, try and put aside their nightmares that still haunt them, and delve into his mind. The characters, good and bad, are so well written and fleshed out that the author can easily make you almost feel sorry for Simon.
🔪 Not really a mystery. This is definitely a psychological thriller more than anything else and I honestly enjoyed the fact that there were still so many thrilling, heart-pounding scenes that didn’t rely on who the serial killer was. While I definitely had a lot of theories swirling around in my mind there wasn’t this huge “GOTCHA!” moment but there were so many other little plot twists that were equally as impactful.
All in all, if you’re looking for one more good read to finish spooky season with None Shall Sleep is definitely worth checking out. This certainly will not be my last book by Ellie Marney and I’m so glad I decided to pick this up on a whim because it was everything I never knew I needed!
tw: murder, gore, gruesome depictions of murder victims, PTSD