Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sleepless by Terri Clark

Title: Sleepless
Author: Terri Clark
Pages: 257
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: Eighteen-year-old Trinity Michaels has the ability to dream walk. It's a power she doesn't want, but it forever alters her life when she's unable to find an abducted teen before she's killed. While Trinity does help police capture the killer, Rafe Stevens, her involvement makes her his next target. Stevens pleads insanity and his convincing performance, aided by his despicable attorney, get him sentenced to a mental institute where a diabolical physician experiments on him. Now Rafe's escaped the sanitarium and he's after Trinity. Like her, he now has a special ability, one that allows him to stalk Trinity through her dreams. If he kills her in her sleep, she'll die for real. To survive she must find him first and the only person willing to help her is Dan Devlin, disillusioned son of the shady lawyer who knowingly aided Rafe in getting away with murder. Can she trust Dan with her safety, not to mention her heart? 

Review: The first thing I'm going to say is the cover for this book SUCKS. It has nothing to do with the book. At all. It looks all fluffy and chick-lit-ish right? WRONG. Okay so maybe its pajamas, which sort of has to do with the book, but other than that, totallllyyyy wrong. 

This is the darkest book I have ever read. It is so creepy and imaginative, it actually made me afraid. I sincerely did not want to go to sleep after reading this. 

I've never heard of lucid dreaming, or have I experienced it, but I think it would be so awesome. Just picture it! You are in the middle of a dream, and you know exactly what is happening and are aware that you are dreaming. You could do anything! The possibilities are endless. And yes, the plot was somewhat RoCom-ish at times, but I could look over the cheesiness.

I loved this book. It was so believable! And taking the concept of a murderer killing victims in their actual dreams, and making it believable, thats tough.

Well done Terri Clark. A round of applause just for you.


Hillary said...

I completely agree about the cover. It is soo wrong for this book, except that it hints at sleeping, but I guess people would be less likely to buy it if the cover were as dark as the book is.

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I agree about the cover too. When I first saw it I thought it was another girly romance paperback. Then I watched the book trailer and was like-that doesn't match at all!! I really liked this book and thought it was suspensful and scary but also had a great romance which I enjoyed. I just really think the cover is misleading.

Angiegirl said...

Thanks for reviewing this and clearing up cover confusion. I've been looking forward to it but worried it would be overly cheesy. Now I'll try to find a copy.

Brianne said...

The cover threw me off entirely. If I were the author of this book, I would be pretty mad at whoever decided on the design. It sounds like a really good book but I wouldn't have even picked it up in a book store.
I may look into actually reading it now, though my book pile is continuing to grow. ;-)

TerriClark said...

Thanks for the lovely review, Emily! And, no, I'm not a fan of the cover, but it was in keeping with the line they wanted it for. However, I did create an edgy book trailer because I wanted to demonstrate the real feel of the book. If you're curious you can watch it here:

Best wishes, Terri