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Insomnia
Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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In this twisty, mind-bending thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, Emma Averell worries that her crippling insomnia is a sign that she's slowly going insane--like the mother she's worked so hard to leave in her past. Emma Averell loves her life--her high-powered legal career, her two beautiful children, and her wonderful stay-at-home husband--but it wasn't always so perfect. When she was just five years old, Emma and her older sister went into foster care because of a horrific incident with their mother. Her sister can remember a time when their mother was loving and "normal," but Emma can only remember her as one thing--a monster. And that monster emerged right around their mother's fortieth birthday, the same age Emma is approaching now. Emma desperately wants to keep her successful life separate from her past, so she has always hidden her childhood trauma. But then she's unable to sleep, and now losing time during the day, also one of the first symptoms her mother showed. Is the madness in her blood, just as her mother predicted? Could she end up hurting her family in her foggy, frenetic state? Or is she truly beginning to lose her mind?
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Kris10H
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*Vague spoiler alert* ⚠️

This one was hard to put down. The protagonist was clearly an unintentionally unreliable narrator, unsure even herself if her behaviors and actions were symptomatic of her insomnia, or "going mad" as her mother did. Keep an open mind when reading this one, or the twist at the end might just turn you off. I personally enjoy twists that use time theories, so I really enjoyed how it all wrapped up in the end.

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Balibee146
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Next up and seems like a perfect read for a wet weekend tucked up indoors as much as possible!

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Cupcake12
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Mehso-so

I‘m not a fan of psychological/suspense but this book had me turning the pages nervously yet quickly to find out what was going on! This mind bending story featuring Emma and her family had me questioning everything. A hard working family woman trying to leave her childhood trauma and her mothers insanity in the past. That is until Emma reaches her 40th birthday, the same age her own mum was sectioned and detained. Edge of the seat reading!

Cvfrailing This was a good one and I didn‘t see it coming! 8mo
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Cupcake12
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Weekend reading sorted.
Have a great weekend everyone ❤️

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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️

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OrangeMooseReads
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Woman about to turn 40 suddenly cannot sleep. She fears she is going crazy like her mother did on her 40th birthday. Suddenly her sister shows back up in town and tells her her mother is in the hospital.
The past and the night their mother went crazy starts to replay in her head.
In the meantime the woman‘s son is going through something strange and she begins to suspect her sister for that.
I would pass on this. She has been books.

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OriginalCyn620
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Another very twisty thriller from Pinborough! She‘s become an auto-buy author for me. Emma‘s 40th birthday is approaching and she‘s suddenly plagued with insomnia. The exact same thing happened to Emma‘s mother when she turned 40, and something horrible happened, and now Emma is afraid it will happen again. The past is definitely repeating itself, but why?

#bookspinbingo - got a bingo!
#SuperSeptember

Andrew65 Loved this. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
C.M.Jones_Artist I‘ve not heard oh her yet so thank you for sharing! 🤗 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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Woke up under the weather, but the upside of that is I can take it easy and just lay around reading. Settling in to finish this one!

Lreads I hope you feel better soon. 💕 1y
Ruthiella Wishing you a speedy recovery! 🤒 1y
OriginalCyn620 @Ruthiella @QuietlyLaura Thank you so much! ☺️ 1y
FlowerFairy Insomnia was brilliant! You blanket looks so snuggly! Hope you‘re feeling better soon! 💙 1y
OriginalCyn620 Thank you @FlowerFairy! 😊 1y
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BeeMagical
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Book 145📚 4⭐️

Oooo this one had me wanting to stay up all night long to finish it!! But I didn‘t, cause you know.. insomnia 🤷🏼‍♀️😂

I did want a bit more from the ending, and the epilogue was a tad strange 🤨 maybe a set up for a second?

Husband is a little bit of a wiener😂 Like support her just a little maybe? Jeeeezzzz haha

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Kappadeemom
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Just picked this up from the library!

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vivastory
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Mehso-so

Pinborough's tale of gaslighting didn't work for me. There was also a twist at the ending that I have seen incorporated better in other books. The MC Emma suffers from insomnia for days leading up to her birthday, but Pinborough fails to effectively portray the physical & psychological effects of sleep deprivation. I do appreciate horror adjacent thrillers, but I feel like on occasion they'd be better served by going more full throttle with the 👇

vivastory horror elements. This is definitely the case for Insomnia. 2y
KT1432 Glad to see your thoughts on this one! From your description I would probably want more horror as well. And definitely a deeper look at the effects of sleep deprivation. I haven‘t read her other books; this was the first one I was interested in since it was horror adjacent. Ah well maybe I‘ll grab it from the library sometime! 2y
vivastory @lele1432 I haven't read her early books, but I understand that she began as a horror writer. I've always been intrigued by her book prior to Behind Her Eyes 2y
KT1432 Ohhh I didn‘t know that!! I thought she started out with thrillers. Thanks I‘ll look into this one! 2y
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alecia3dixie
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I really enjoyed this book! It sucked me in so quick, I read this in a day. I was so invested in what was going on and I like where the ending ended up! Yeah it was a tad obvious in some aspects but I didn't see some of it coming. I really had fun reading this one. 4.5/5

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vivastory
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📚 I'm not much of a rereader, although I have reread my favorite poems multiple times (esp. Dickinson, Rilke, Celan, Hopkins)
📚📚 Watered down horror. No sleep.
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Love poetry! Thanks for playing! 2y
Librariana I WANT to be a re-reader... but as your quote wisely pointed out, there are so many books and so little time! 2y
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VRM1975
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Clwojick
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Has anyone else read this ? I‘m about 40% in and it‘s been so slow… I‘m close to DNFing it, but the reviews have me holding on. Ugh 😩

Tove_Reads I absolutely hated the only book I read, and sounds like I will not read this one. 2y
KristiAhlers I did and it was a soft so-so for me. I wanted to like it but it was too sloggy. 2y
Clwojick @KristiAhlers I ended up DNFing it. 2y
KristiAhlers @Clwojick and I totally get that! It‘s too bad the premise had potential 2y
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Clwojick
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#20in4 progress so far! I cheated and started on Thursday, so I was able to squeeze in a few more books. Currently listening to the tagged book. So far it‘s really slow. Hoping it picks up soon. 💙

My favourites of the bunch were easily Boyfriend Material, and Legends and Lattes. Easy 5⭐️ reads!

Andrew65 Going great guns. 2y
rabbitprincess Legends and Lattes sounds so much fun 😄 2y
Clwojick @rabbitprincess it truly is! 2y
Twainy Legends & Lattes ❣️ 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of Behind Her Eyes. I was hesitant going into this one because of the paranormal/supernatural elements from that novel. Unfortunately, that was the way this one went too. I just don't enjoy her books as thrillers because of the weird suspension of reality. I like a little more logic in my twists. I'm not surprised when they end with off the wall stuff, I'm livid. So I think I'm done with Pinborough. ⭐⭐💫

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve never read another of hers again because I hated Behind Her Eyes so much. 2y
FelinesAndFelonies @MicheleinPhilly this got Cross Her Heart moved to the bottom of my TBR. There are now 2000 books in front of it. 2y
LKK526 @FelinesAndFelonies I started insomnia and DNF. Excellent review by you @MicheleinPhilly love your comment on Cross Your Heart 2y
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Mccall0113
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Would rather be listening to this but I‘m writing 2 papers for grad school today instead.

BookLineNSinker I just finished my first semester, hang in there!!! 2y
Mccall0113 Same to you @BookLineNSinker What program? 2y
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MartinaLove
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3/5⭐

"A suspenful thriller with a great twist."

Emma believes she has a curse. At her 40th birthday, she is a fraud she'll go mad like her mother and aunt. A few days before as birthday, she can't sleep, stares outside her window and whispers random numbers to herself. Strange events start happening.
She can't help but ask herself if she's going mad or if someone is coming to get her?

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Suzze
Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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My May reads. Most of them were arcs. My favorite was The Lost Girls of Willowbrook. Hear my thoughts on TikTok at suzzereadsalot

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AmandaBlaze
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I enjoyed this book. The action really starts to pick up towards the end. There was a plot thread that I thought was underdeveloped at the end of the book as well. I wasn't sympathetic towards a lot of the characters, but still found the book interesting.

AmandaBlaze Meant this do this as a Review, not a Blurb. It is a Pick. 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Emma‘s mother had a sudden breakdown at age 40 that has strongly affected Emma‘s life, leading her to worry about the same thing happening to her. Forty is approaching, and her insomnia is tying her in knots, especially when frightening things start to occur. I felt the tension was built well and I guessed whodunit but still enjoyed the ride, but I have a couple quibbles. A low pick for me.

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candc320
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t like this one nearly as much as I thought I would. It was so repetitive and felt like it could have gotten to the big reveals of the story a lot quicker than it did. That being said I really enjoyed the wrap up of the story and what was really going on during the earlier slow unraveling. The last two pages were a little confusing - not sure what the point was - but without it I liked the ending. 🌟🌟🌟

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Suzze
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3.5⭐️. Kept me awake! 🥴

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AmandaBlaze
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“The other car came out of nowhere.“
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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kplovesbooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
(Book 10 of 2022)

Intensity x1,000
? You REALLY want to believe she's being set up but MAN does she look crazy!! ? This was a wild ride of guessing. I did eventually guess part of the ending but the author threw in an explanation for it that I was NOT expecting, because I've never seen it done in a thriller. It works though and gives you something to chew on afterwards like "hm, what if??"

?: IG, bookedanbusy

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kplovesbooks
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Me, trying to decide if she's stark raving mad or being brilliantly set up!! 😂😂

EvieBee Oh nice! This is my next audiobook out from the library. 2y
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AmandaBlaze
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Looking forward to getting this library hold.

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guinsgirlreads
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Thank you Sarah Pinborough!! 👏🏻 👏🏻 Best book that I‘ve read in awhile now! I read it in 2 days, and I haven‘t managed to do that in forever either, with this slump that I‘ve been in.

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Booknerd222
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kplovesbooks
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So my library got this ebook in TODAY...and for some reason no one else snatched it up, so I am all about it and on it! 😁😁😁 This looks so intense!!!!

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KristiAhlers
Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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Mehso-so

I kinda have a love/hate thing with this book. It started out strong. Real page turner and then. A little past half way…not so much the page turner. It almost reads as if she put in all effort at the beginning but was kinda lost on how to end it. And the ending didn‘t do the beginning any justice it was just that an ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #readingchallenge2022

JHSiess Precisely. Felt like she wrote herself into a corner she couldn't get out of 2y
KristiAhlers @JHSiess that‘s exactly it! 2y
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Mpcacher
Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
Mehso-so

Sarah, a successful lawyer and mother, is struggling with insomnia and weird things keep happening. She is not sure if she is losing it or if someone else is setting her up. The story is entertaining and I enjoyed it for the most part, but it lost me some with the ending. A good thriller has to have a strong ending and and it has to be somewhat believable but the ending of this one lacked a bit of that. It thus dropped to 3.5 stars from a 4.

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Another great book by Sarah Pinborough. Even though the chapters were quite short it didn't hamper the strong storyline. Love how this book keeps you guessing till the very end.

#HarperCollinsPublishers

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eanderson
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Mehso-so

It might just be my mood but I kind of got annoyed with Emma. I understand the frustration of not sleeping but how she spoke to and how she treated her husband was not great.
It was an interesting premise but I feel like this has been over done at this point. Emma is creeping up on her 40th birthday and she‘s showing signs of repeating the past of her mother with her sink into insanity. 🌟🌟🌟✨

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eanderson
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Getting some quite time to start an ARC! 😋

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candc320
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#bookmail surprise!! I probably entered a giveaway for this - I do that a lot - but didn‘t remember so was really excited when it came in!! Sounds soooo good!

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Birdsong28
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