Sleepless by Thomas Fahy (2009)

“A few days after the first time you walk in your sleep, you kill someone.  That’s how the end begins.”  (p. 4)

Shortly after a school trip to the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans, strange things begin happening to some of the students at Saint Opportuna High School.  They’re murdering each other…in their sleep. 

When Emma Montgomery and Jake Hardale begin having nightmares, they are desperate to figure out what is pushing them towards these horrific acts of violence.  Sleep-deprived and terrified, Emma and Jake must get to the bottom of this crisis before someone else ends up dead.

Told in alternating points of view, Sleepless is a fast-paced thriller.  I was concerned when it was classified as “horror”, but it’s more mystery than blood and gore.  Even though it’s short, Fahy does a great job of drawing you into the story and making the characters believable.  It’s no surprise to me that Sleepless was dubbed an AlA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.

I read this for the 2012 Garden State Teen Book Award ballot and it gets my vote!

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