Book Review: Sleepless by Michael Omer

June 29, 2015 Blog, Blog Tour, Book Reviews 2

Book Review: Sleepless by Michael Omer

Book Review: Sleepless by Michael OmerSleepless by Michael OmerShahar Kober
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 2015-01-12
Genres: Fiction, Supernatural, Thrillers
Pages: 176
Source: NetGalley

Don't fall asleep. Don't dream. Don't get caught.Amy knew she'd hate Narrowdale, a boring suburban town. How could it possibly compare to L.A., where she lived her entire life? Being a high school freshman in a new place made things even worse. And that was before she started having the same nightmare over and over again. Before she woke up every night to a shrill whistle outside her window. Before she met a homeless man who seemed to know way too much.Some things seem to happen only in Narrowdale, where dark secrets are hiding beneath the surface...

My Thoughts

This definitely has a creep factor! Which is the exact reason why I wanted to read the book. Sadly, it is a little younger than I normally read and I think that threw me a bit. I liked the story but I was not in love with it. The characters are good and the plot is there but this is definitely driven for young adult readers.

Firstly, Amy is your normal teen that does not want to move into a strange house in a strange town. The first problem is that their new house is exactly like all the others on their new street. Plain, plain, plain! And number 13 (which personally I love!). It was hard enough moving but she is not making any friends and just feels as if the town is weird. The weirder she feels the more she acts out and the few that may have been her friends start to shy away and she starts to get deeper and deeper into herself. Then the whistling starts.

Each night she has nightmares but she wakes to someone whistling, in the middle of the night, outside of her window. Nobody believes that there is actually someone there and her parents yell at her for calling people to find out what is going on! It just gets worse from there.

Although the premise is good, as I said above, I was a little blase with the entire book. Not enough to put it down, but enough for my mind to wander every once and a while. I liked the main character, although she really acts young, and I liked the plot enough to keep reading, so that is what matters.

I think the YA group will love the creep factor and the writing in this. Sadly it missed the mark for me. “Although I didn’t love it, I definitely recommend this to YA lovers out there! Not scary for horror fans but will creep you out if you do not expect serious horror.

Rating Report
3 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 3.6 / 5



The Author

My name is Michael Omer, and I’m a writer, journalist and game designer. I wrote and published my first novel when I was sixteen, and figured I’d keep at it. Since then, I have published two more novels, and wrote… who can even count how many? I’m happily married to a woman who keeps pushing me to write more, and have three kids who insist I should stop writing and come play with them. I also have two dogs.


2 Responses to “Book Review: Sleepless by Michael Omer”

  1. Daniela

    Hi Christina, first time here on your blog via the Book Review Tour: Sleepless by Michael Omer. First let me say… LOVE YOUR BLOG DESING 🙂 love the zen feeling of it, the color combination (almost same as mine), the heading (also similar to mine slider!) the flowers in the background, the quote about darkness…. LOVE ALL OF IT! 🙂
    Great review too 🙂
    now off to keeping browsing your wonderful blog 🙂
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