Book Review | None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Summary: 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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

My Thoughts: Absolutely loved this book! There is going to be a second one and I cannot wait.

Definite Silence of the Lambs vibes throughout this book. That is the only reason I took off 1/2 a star. Some of it seemed way to close to Silence of the Lambs and not original enough to this book. But, I love Silence of the Lambs, so obviously I loved this book.

I enjoyed Emma and Travis’s partnership. They always have each other’s backs and work well together. Even though they are both young, they are determined to do their jobs and more. I liked the idea of getting teenagers to interview teenage offenders. It makes sense they would be more likely to talk to someone their own age.

“No. Every case is the same…Power. Domination. Control. Manipulating the people around you, fooling them into thinking you’re normal.” -Emma Lewis

There is a lot of mystery in this book and I couldn’t figure out who the current killer was until shortly before they were revealed. This might be one of my all time favorite murder/thriller books.

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