Book Reviews, YA book reviews

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 September 2020

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Pages:  400




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?




Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of None Shall Sleep, in exchange for an honest review!


Emma Lewis and Travis Bell both have close experienced with serial killers.  Emma is the survivor of kidnap by a serial killer and Travis Bell has experienced family devastation when an arrest went wrong.  When the FBI ask both teenagers to join them in a special operation, interviewing convicted serial killers to gain information adult detectives have been unable to extract, Travis, who’s looking a career in law enforcement, agrees readily, but Emma is more reluctant.  Caught between being afraid to face the horrors of her past, but wanting to help protect future would-be victims, she cautiously steps up to the task.  As the interviews with convicted criminals in old cases lead them inadvertently into an active case, Emma and Travis uncover more leads than the police department have been able to in months.  But will they unravel the mystery fast enough to prevent the Butcher taking any more victims?
One of the things I really loved about None Shall Sleep was the struggle Emma and Travis faced in being taken seriously, and being allowed to participate in the active police case.  So often in books we find teenagers suddenly becoming the heroes and all the adults deferring to them without a second thought.  It’s so unrealistic.  None Shall Sleep perfectly managed the reality of the situation, while still keeping our main characters in the role of super sleuths.  The complete lack of romance between Emma and Travis was also a big plus for me – they were a fantastic team that really worked as a purely platonic relationship.
Serial killer Simon was just the right level of creepy to really set the atmosphere and somewhat reminded me of the tone of Silence of the Lambs.  The twists were brilliant and the crime details were well explained.  If you love YA crime novels, or have been thinking of picking one up, I’d highly recommend giving this one a try!



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