Sleepless by Michael Omer
Publication date: January 10th 201
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller,
Don’t fall asleep. Don’t dream. Don’t get caught.
At the beginning of her freshman year of high school, Amy can think of nothing worse than moving to the boring, suburban town of Narrowdale. And that’s before she starts having the same nightmare over and over again, waking up every night to a creepy whistle outside her window and being haunted by a mysterious, menacing presence. Getting used to the new school becomes the least of her problems.
As she delves deeper to uncover the truth, she unknowingly edges closer to mortal danger. Terrible events that took place years ago threaten to happen again, but now Amy’s life is on the balance. Unfortunately, the one guy who is supposed to protect her, nineteen year old Peter, doesn’t believe her.
Some things seem to happen only in Narrowdale, where dark secrets hide beneath the surface…
As she confronts the mysteries of Narrowdale, Amy documents her experiences in her blog. The book contains live links to this blog.
My name is Michael Omer, and I’m a writer, journalist and game designer. I wrote and published my first novel when I was sixteen, and figured I’d keep at it. Since then, I have published two more novels, and wrote… who can even count how many? I’m happily married to a woman who keeps pushing me to write more, and have three kids who insist I should stop writing and come play with them. I also have two dogs.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is different from my norm. It is a YA, paranormal, murder mystery, psychological thriller, light horror, junior sleuth mix, and it kept my interest the entire time.
Amy is teen girl so several of the personal bits revolve around things important to teens. I found her to be relatable, likable and believable with a great dry sense of humor. She just moved to a new weird town so the reader follows with her through the learning and adapting. Mean girls and other school issues are somewhat present.
The beginning is getting to know Amy and the setting. After it, odd things start happening. Amy is trying to get to the bottom of these strange occurrences. I really enjoyed the journey. Those that regularly read scary horror novels may find it juvenile, and those that only read romance, adventure or children's fiction may find it frightening. As an adult, I think the story is very entertaining, but I feel it works best for an underage audience. Sleepless is the first of a series, and I plan to continue it.