Author: Terri Clark
Published: HarperTeen, 2008
Cover Score: C-
Overall Grade: B+
18-year-old Trinity Michaels has an unusual gift: she can dreamwalk, which means that she can physically go into other people's dreams when she's asleep. But after helping solve a murder case by dreamwalking into the victim's dream, the psycho murderer Rafe wants revenge--and now that he's broken out of the mental hospital, he's stalking Trinity in her dreams. With the help of super-cute Dan Devlin, who's evil lawyer father kept Rafe from being permanently locked up, Trinity is determined to find Rafe before he finds her...but can she trust Dan?
My thoughts: Don't let the cute, chick-litty cover fool you--this book is darker than it seems! The concept of the story was creative and unique: I'd never heard of dreamwalking before, and it made an interesting addition to an already suspenseful plot line. Trinity made a great narrator, I really understood what she was going through and she was both honest and funny.
I wish the mystery had had just a few more twists and turns, but overall it was pretty well written with good detail. Don't read this one before bed--it could get pretty creepy and sometimes a bit gory! I also felt like the plot seemed a bit abrupt and sudden: Dan and Trinity's relationship felt like it happened too fast, and the ending was cheesily predictable.
Sleepless was one of those super fast-paced books that you absolutely can't put down until you're done (I easily finished it within a day). If this book weren't a paperback, I wouldn't buy it. However, if you are going on a trip to the beach, the $5.99 price tag is worth the day or so of entertainment it brings--take Sleepless along for a fast, easy, suspenseful, and thrilling read!