None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
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.
Captivating, harrowing, and chilling, None Shall Sleep is an all-too-timely exploration of not only the monsters that live among us, but also the monsters that live inside us.
I really loved this! It was the perfect October read, too. The pacing was great through the whole book.
None Shall Sleep takes place in the early 80’s. Emma survived being taken by a serial killer and is in college studying psychology. Travis wants to be in law enforcement like his dad. Sadly, his dad was killed by a serial killer in a hostage situation. Agent Cooper works for the FBI at Quantico. He’s working on a current case, but he wants to have two young people that can work under him to interview teens that are killers. They won’t open up to the FBI, so he thinks they might with someone their age. Agent Cooper recruits Emma and Travis.
The kids do an interview and they get answers. Then Emma goes in solo to interview Simon Gutmunsson. He’s the one who killed Travis’s dad. Simon gets under her skin and he starts talking about the killer from the current case. That and he talks about his twin, Kristin. That’s the only thing Simon cares about. He is extremely intelligent and kind of plays with the people around him. He gets into Emma’s head and talks to her about escaping from her capture. Agent Cooper decides to let Emma and Travis work the current case, but no one could know. They’ve been able to see things that the FBI has missed for months. Things get pretty bad, but I’ll save that for you to read. This book was so hard to put down. The only thing I wish for is that there could have been a book two. I really started to care about the teens in the book and wanted more.
I gave this book 5 stars.
Warnings for cutting, a lot of blood, captivity, psychiatric asylums/hospitals, death. The book does have quite a bit of gore and serial killer details.
Have you read this yet? Is it on your TBR?