Look, the title of this book did not lie. I finished it at 11pm and proceeded to sleep exactly never.
This is a chilling and addictive and gruesome thriller, and I’m kind of reeling but also so so impressed. I’ve read a lot of Ellie Marney books before (my favourites are her Aussie Sherlock series!) and this is just nothing like them 😂 We do love when an author flexes. The plot, the psychology aspect, the macabre elements are all a level up. You just get to a point too, where you cannot stop reading.
It is the story of murder, psychopaths, blood and trauma.
It’s told in a few perspectives, but mostly by Emma Lewis — a survivor of a serial killer. She escaped and ran, and she lived. The other girls in the killer’s basement died. So she’s haunted by that, which drives her to accept this offer from the FBI to come interview teen serial killers to gather data. They figure teens will talk to teens better. (Also this IS set in the ’80s so rules were probably not the same as now. I did sometimes wonder about security oops.) But the agent they’re working for hasn’t told them the whole truth: he needs them to talk to one specific teenage serial killer who seems to know quite a lot about a current open investigation for a murderer called The Butcher.
Hence Emma is enveloped in this intensely triggering and horrific case, where she cannot stop helping but she’s also getting knotted in deeper and deeper in as she talks to Simon Gutmunsson. And he’s taking an interset in her. (Like, let’s HOLD UP!!! When a serial killer says!! from his cell!! that he enjoys your company!!)
Emma also is working with another teen, Travis Bell, who’s already started his training to become a cop after his father was murdered by…..yup :))) Simon Gutmunsson.
So there are mind games and manipulation. There’s horror and rekindled trauma for the characters. And there’s mystery, twists, and complications. Getting inside these characters’ heads is chilling and fascinating.
(Also, while the author is Australian, this book is set in the US.)
How it told the story.
The writing is pretty clinical. So you’re not here for lyrical prose or waxing deep about anyone’s feelings. I did think that suited the style of the book – and kept the darker scenes from feeling too intense tbh – although usually I do like more emotional writing myself. (It actually made me think it would make a freaking good TV show.)
And look, I have no idea how this will hit different readers. For me, the actual plot of the story felt real. It felt like a documentary. But it was still YA so I don’t think it’s too heavy, especially at the beginning where it’s more case solving. Also there are less action scenes — more talking.
The ending though. THAT ENDING. THAT OMG ENDFINGGSGIHS–
There is no preparing.
A chilling and thoroughly horrible book — and I mean that in the best possible way
It’s so clever how they work out the mysteries, how they analyse depraved minds, how they interact with the imprisoned teen serial killers and try to understand, and try to stop it happening again.
None shall sleep, yup, I got it dude [sweats softly] never again.
“A girl created by a serial killer who hunts serial killers.” Simon’s lips curve in a quiet smile. “Farewell, dear Emma. Thou wert lovely to the last.”
Thanks Allen And Unwin for the review copy! None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney is out Sept, 2020.
Interviewing convicted juvenile killers for the FBI leads Emma Lewis and Travis Bell on the hunt for a serial murderer who targets teenagers. A riveting YA thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seat from start to finish.
It’s 1982, and the innovative FBI Behavioral Science section is breaking new ground. Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, two teenagers with valuable skills, are recruited to interview convicted juvenile killers for information on cold cases.
When they’re drawn into an active case targeting teenagers, everything starts to unravel. Over Travis’s objections, Emma becomes the conduit between the FBI and an incarcerated serial killer, nineteen-year-old Simon Gutmunsson, who is a super-intelligent sociopath. And although Simon seems to be giving them the information they need to save lives, he’s also an expert manipulator playing a very long game …
Can Emma and Travis stop a serial killer on the loose – or will they fall victim themselves?
what book has chilled you the most?? do you read many thrillers? let me know!