Review – Insomnia by J.R Johansson

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November 15, 2015 by ceresbooksworld




Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can’t take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he’s made eye contact with. If he doesn’t sleep soon, Parker will die.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker’s furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he’d go. And when someone begins to terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.



I have a lot of questions concerning this story :

  • Why does Parker have this power ?
  • How did he get this power ?
  • Why can’t Mia’s dreams help him ?
  • What can he do when he’s in a dream ?

A lot of questions without answers…

The concept of entering people’s dreams is very nice, this sounds simple, but J.R Johansson amazed me with the way she brought the story. The more you read this book, the creepier it becomes; it becomes even darker and twisted. It’s a psychological thriller, or mind game…Which is very well played by the author. My own nervous breakdown was nearing on each page that I read, I really loved that aspect of this book.

Parker is a likable character because he’s creepy – mostly with Mia – and even if I understand the reason, it’s not something I like. But he’s also sympathetic, he likes Finn and Addie, he’s a good guy, and strong despite everything that happens to him. I like the fact that he isn’t perfect, that makes him more realistic. We can feel his pain when he longs for the ability to sleep. He’s afraid of commitment because his father left without reason, leaving him mentally damaged.

Finn is Parker’s best friend, he’s fresh and hilarious, and without him Parker would have been lost. Addie is Finn’s sister, she is sweet, beautiful and kind. My personal favorite main female character is Addie and I want to see her more in Paranoia. She will do anything to protect Parker, even let him into her dreams.

Mia is the new girl in town, her dreams are like heaven for Parker. The only problem for him is making eye contact with her. Mia is afraid because Parker acts like a stalker. I’m not a fan of her, and I hope she won’t mess up things between Addie and Parker in the next book.

The story is told by Parker. The main characters were loveable and the end was not predisctable. It’s a very addictive reading experience with a lot of suspense, tons of questions, and darkness. The romance is not important in the story. Parker is not in love with Mia, he loves Addie, I love that about this book.

J.R Johansson’s writing style is very good, she has a real talent for describing creepy things, the way she plays with our minds is freaking awesome!

I can’t wait to read the next book, and learn more about Parker, and his curse/power.








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