Book Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson (The Night Walkers, #1)

Insomnia - Johansson

Insomnia

By J.R. Johansson

Series: The Night Walkers, Book 1

My Rating: 4 Stars

Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon books that completely surprise you?  Maybe you felt like they looked interesting and were worth a read but then you pick it up and actually start reading only to find out you’ve actually found a great little secret of a book that no one seems to be talking about but should be.  Well this series is one of those finds.  I’m so glad I picked up this book.  It’s probably one of my favorite finds in a while.  It’s unique and superbly executed.  Johansson has delivered a real winner with this book and this series.

Synopsis

Parker Chipp hasn’t slept in four years.  Instead of sleeping at night when he closes his eyes, he’s forced to enter the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with.  If he’s goes much longer without sleep he’s going to die.  Then he meets Mia.  Her dreams are calm and peaceful and for the first time in years, Parker is able to truly rest.  When his peace is threatened he does whatever it takes to make Mia the last person his eyes see every night.  But then Mia starts receiving threats and she can’t help but suspect Parker because of his odd behavior.  And Parker isn’t sure if he’s to blame because he’s been suffering from blackouts.  Could he be the threat that’s surrounding Mia and he just can’t remember?

My Thoughts

Wow, what an original concept for a plot line.  I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next books in this series.  If they are half as good as the first book it will be completely worth it.  This book will leave you questioning everything.  You can’t help but feel Parker’s confusion and concern.  Like maybe you, the reader, are missing something just like Parker.  When all is revealed at the end you will surely let out a sigh of relief but you know it’s going to be short lived.  These are the best kinds of books.  You know, the kind that make you hold your breath while you read because they are scary but you just can’t look away.  You know you are barreling toward the end but you can’t help but keep going even though you know you are going to get the pants scared right off of you.

Overall, a great book and well worth the time spent reading it’s pages.  Johannson has done an amazing job of putting together an interesting world and has created characters who are both memorable and lovable.  They are well developed and they progress through the plot just like the readers, completely clueless as to what is going on.  Trust me, in this case, that’s a great thing.  While this book and series is intended for YA’s I think it’s an acceptable adult crossover book and series.  It’s sure to capture the attention of anyone interested in the paranormal, suspense and thriller genres  It’s just believable enough to not alienate those who aren’t big fans of the paranormal.  I highly recommend this book and, I’m going to go out on a limb and say, this series.  Check it out!

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