Author: J.R. Johansson
Date: June 8th 2013
It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.
Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.
Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?
Parker is a Watcher, or at least that’s what he calls himself. Every night he invades the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with before he goes to sleep. Pretty freaky, right? I mean, I don’t know about you guys but I have some extremely strange dreams. I can’t imagine what an outsider would think … lol This is having a detrimental affect on Parker’s health though, as he is unable to really rest his mind. His body starts to shutdown and he knows it is only a matter of time before it’s all over. That is until he watches the dreams of the new girl, Mia, and everything changes.
This story has so many layers to it. Mia is terrified of Parker. He scares her with his staring and almost stalking ways at times as he feels compelled to catch her eye every day before bed to achieve that rest his body so desperately craves in her dreams. He has a few creeper moments before he stops himself and sees what he is doing, but it’s more than that as Parker learns Mia has developed a real stalker, and she thinks it’s him! Trouble is, Parker sees a darkness growing inside of him and he’s not entirely sure he’s innocent either. Oh and let’s not forget the weird guy following them both!
Besides the few moments Parker gets creepy out of desperation, I felt sorry for him. I’m a huge fan of sleep. I need it, a lot of it. Going without it must majorly mess with your head. So I understood his desperation, but Parker makes some really bad decisions. Trust me, I was yelling at my Nook. But there is a lot going on with him and we only scratched the surface of it. Different threads of the story were left open for us to explore in the sequel, which is where I’m hoping we learn the ‘why’. Why does Parker have this ‘gift’? That is something we just don’t get enough answers on in the first installment of the series.
A pleasant surprise was the romantic interest. Not that romance was a huge aspect but Parker has a crush on his best friend’s sister, and her on him, and I thought it was cute how he was trying to avoid her because that’s not what friends do. You don’t date a friend’s sister. I assumed beforehand, perhaps, that the girl whose dreams he needed to watch, Mia, would be the love interest, but it was not the case and I like that it surprised me in that way.
Everything that was going on was really interesting and made it a bit exciting, but I wanted more. I wanted creepier dreams! I felt like every dream he saw was a memory and I don’t know about you guys, but that’s not what all my dreams are. I wanted weird and strange and to get my blood pumping. There are some darker dreams, but again, they ended up being memories and didn’t hold that thrill I was looking for.
On a whole, I did enjoy this read and would recommend it. I think those looking for a light thriller with mystery and suspense would enjoy Insomnia!