A review by Amanda.
Only in Narrowdale, will a recurring nightmare lead ninth grader Amy to an unsolved mystery. Moving to the quiet suburb of Narrowdale right before starting high school has made Amy miserable. She misses her friends and the hustle of life in L.A. Plus Narrowdale is weird. All of the houses on her street are identical, the homeless guy who hangs out at the mall knows things that he shouldn’t, and worst of all, the air conditioning at home refuses to work right and the heat is unbearable.
Things don’t improve once school starts. Everything that can go wrong, does from day one. To make matters worse, a recurring nightmare keeps Amy from sleeping and she thinks she might be going insane. She keeps hearing someone whistling, both in the dream and in real life. When she finally discovers that she isn’t the only one who can hear it, relief hits, along with a determination to figure out why she keeps having the same dream every night.
Sleepless is an intriguing and slightly disturbing story. The town of Narrowdale is almost a character of its own, absolutely eccentric. Amy’s experience is only the tip of the iceberg. The author does an excellent job of leading the reader through the mystery alongside the characters. Amy herself appears to be a stereotypical teenager,complete with an occasional attitude problem, stubborn and self-centered. As an adult, some of her behavior made me cringe and remember my own teenage years, but it didn’t detract from the story. One aspect of the ebook that stands out is an actual clickable link to Amy’s blog, placed sporadically throughout. The blog is one of the ways Amy keeps in touch with her friends back in L.A. and provides some additional insight into her character. The only real issue that I had with this story is that the mystery of Amy’s nightmares concludes rather anticlimactically, especially with all of the strangeness hinted at about the town. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequel, Moth to a Flame, due out in July.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Publication date: January 10th 201
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
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.