Book Review: None Shall Sleep

None Shall Sleep – Ellie Marney – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – Published 1 September 2020





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.

My thoughts

Well that was terrifying. None Shall Sleep is a scary, psychological thriller for teens (or older teen readers, at least), perfect for crime and mystery fans.

Set in 1982, two teens are recruited to help the FBI interview teenage serial killers. Emma Lewis survived a serial killer. Now the FBI want her to work for them, interviewing convicted killers to help them catch new offenders. Her partner is Travis Bell, training to be a US Marshal and whose father was killed by Simon Gutmunsson, a convicted serial killer. But when teenagers continue to be killed, in horrific ways, Travis and Emma find that their interviews may have insight into the case.

If you are squeamish, this is not the book for you. If, however, you like murder, clues, lots of twist and turns, teamwork, a heroine survivor who isn’t afraid to take on some really bad guys, detective work and teenage sociopaths (coz they are lots of fun (in books, of course)) then this is the perfect book for you.

I really enjoyed the teamwork between Emma and Travis. There was just enough between them that it could have turned into a romance, but I really admire that Marney doesn’t take their relationship into that territory. Instead, they form a strong bond that helps them work together on interviewing the convicts and working the case. They support each other, and bounce ideas off each other.

The other main character in this book is Simon, the serial killer that offers clues to help track the current serial killer. The plot keeps you guessing, though the reader is given more insight into the killer and crimes, which helps builds the tension at the end, which naturally ends in a dramatic climax.

The less you know about the plot, the better, as the surprises keep you glued to the page, just be warned it get’s pretty violent…. and maybe don’t read it before going to bed.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

More information

Category: Young adult fiction

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Themes: FBI, serial killers, murder, survivors, teenagers, crime.

Reading age guide: Ages 14/15 and up.

Advisory: Very frequent strong violence, murder, killing, blood, corpse mutilation, blood draining, serial murder, guns, violence, torture. Coarse language, f*** (32), sh** (28), bit** (2), as***** (5), pi** (6).

Published: 1 September 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 400 pages.

ISBN: 9780316497831

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1 Comment

  1. confessionsofayareader

    Great review! I’m hoping to pick this one up soon.

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