Insomnia is a gripping story that will keep you guessing.
Parker hasn’t had real sleep in years. Instead, he enters the dreams of the last person he looks in the eyes. He tries his best to control who that is because some people have dark minds. He knows it’s only a matter of time before his body shuts down. When he meets Mia, he thinks he’s found the answer. Her dreams are so peaceful that he can sleep in them. He becomes obsessed with catching her eye each night. When she starts receiving threats, all signs point to Parker. I love Johansson’s premise. It’s original and well-executed. I’ll admit there are some rough edges, but I think this a great debut. There’s a slow start, but once the story gets going, the plot is riveting. The character development was there, but less focused since the book fits easily into the thriller genre. It’s not a super short book, but I think it’s a good pick for reluctant readers simply due to its readability. My only real complaint is that is opens up more questions than answers. I understand that it’s part of a series, but the question of who the Night Walkers are is never addressed or even mentioned. The first half seems more focused on why Parker is a Watcher, but the second half is focused on who is after Mia. Still, it was entertaining and had me on the edge of my seat quite a few times.
I recommend this book to readers interested in psychological thrillers.