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Book Review – Sleepless by Romy Hausmann #BookReview #BookBlogger #suspense

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I almost never look at reviews before starting a book. But I had a funny feeling about this. And luckily I had a glance and realized this book was different.

The first one third was a hotch-potch of scenes which felt to be 3 parallel plotlines. It was only in the latter half that they were connected to form the foundation of the story with thrills and twists.

The writing style too needed some warming up as thoughts and actions were kept intermingled and most times felt to be on a tangent and quite rambling.

But the book soon adjusted itself to be a thriller that it was. There was a pulse spike – mine with time jumps – the book’s. Yet the layered storyline grasped my interest to lead me to a finish which again fell slightly flat.

Some of the writing had the smooth intricacy that was a pleasure to read. But only some parts of it in latter sections. This surely was a roller coaster ride with highs and lows and everything in between and some unlikable characters of different shades.

Maybe this style of writing would take some getting used to…both by the author and readers to pull it off.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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Dark secrets past and present collide in Sleepless, a haunting novel of guilt and retribution from Romy Hausmann, the international bestselling author of Dear Child.

It’s been years since Nadja Kulka was convicted of a cruel crime. After being released from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than to live a normal life: nice flat, steady job, even a few friends. But when one of those friends, Laura von Hoven–free-spirited beauty and wife of Nadja’s boss–kills her lover and begs Nadja for her help, Nadja can’t seem to refuse.

The two women make for a remote house in the woods, the perfect place to bury a body. But their plan quickly falls apart and Nadja finds herself outplayed, a pawn in a bizarre game in which she is both the perfect victim and the perfect murderer…


Publication Date: June 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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