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Sleepless by Louise Mumford
About The Book
Don’t close your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t let them in.
Thea is an insomniac; she hasn’t slept more than three hours a night for years.
So when an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life pops up on her phone, Thea knows this is her last chance at finding any kind of normal life.Soon Thea’s sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. So much so that at first she’s willing to overlook the oddities of the trial – the lack of any phone signal; the way she can’t leave her bedroom without permission; the fact that all her personal possessions are locked away, even her shoes.
But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep..
Can you imagine only sleeping 1 to 2 hours every night?
Thea has been an insomniac all of her adult life, she “functions” with only a couple of hours each night but she knows that this is not a way to live, so when she sees a trial to help people to sleep, she can’t wait to be part of it. As you can imagine things will not be as “perfect” as they are selling it and Thea will have to prioritize her needs.
This had been a slow paced story; full of tension and secrets; it was easy to get glued to the story. I’ll admit that I don’t trust many trials, and if they promise you a trip to an idyllic island for 6 weeks, run, there’s something they are not telling, no one gives anything for free.
I can understand Thea’s need to overcome her insomnia, her body needs to sleep and she doesn’t know what more to try. But as soon as she is accepted to the trial they remove any personal objects from her, change her diet and make her wear some special clothes. She has a detailed schedule for all the days and she can’t leave her room whenever she wants, it has to be when she is told… So, when the leader of the trial asks her to be part of an sleepless elite, she starts to wonder what’s the real point of the experiment and what are they doing to them at night…
It was not difficult to enter the story and be charmed with the characters, Thea has always been a solitary person but she will discover the real friendship and the value of it on this island. Because in the worst moments of life, having someone that cares for you it’s the only way to keep living.
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About The Author
Louise was born and lives in South Wales. From a young age she loved books and dancing, but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting happening in the world whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever since. She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as anew writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirl wind since then.
Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head