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Insomnia: A Novel (Hardcover)
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 is now losing time during the day, some 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?
About the Author
Sarah Pinborough is the number one Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes, and more than twenty other novels and novellas, including The Death House and a young adult thriller, 13 Minutes. She has also written for the BBC. She lives in England. sarahpinborough.com
“A whip-smart, page turning triumph.”
— Jane Shemilt, author of The Daughter
“Another clever, original and highly addictive book from the brilliant Sarah Pinborough. Insomnia will keep you up all night. You won’t be able to sleep until you’ve read it.
— Alice Feeney, author of Rock Paper Scissors
“What an absolute cracker of a thriller. Just when you think it’s safe to carry on reading WHAM! Pinborough throws in another hand grenade…. Thank you for freaking me out in such a beautiful way! So, so clever and I was changing my mind left right and centre, right to the end! Absolutely bloody brilliant.”
— Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
“Possibly my favorite of Pinborough’s yet, and that’s saying something. It’s an absolute rollercoaster of a ride: twist upon twist, expertly handled. I actually gasped out loud several times. So atmospheric and sexy… A triumph!"
— Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author, on Dead to Her
“Big Little Lies meets Rebecca in Sarah Pinborough’s Dead to Her, a saucy novel about insecure second wives dragged down by secrets [and] jealousies… This may not be the most important novel you’ll read this year, but it’s definitely among the most delicious.”
— Washington Post
“The prolifically ingenious Sarah Pinborough, whose Behind Her Eyes chronicled a deranged love triangle with a rationality-defying last-minute surprise, has produced another twisty book about tricky characters behaving badly… There are shades of Rebecca and Body Heat.”
— New York Times Book Review on Dead to Her
“Illicit love affairs, [and] tension as stifling as the Georgia summer heat… With Dead to Her, Pinborough plants her flag as the master of seductively sinister suspense. This absorbing tale will satisfy and even surprise fans of Jennifer McMahon and Gillian Flynn.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Roils with passion, rancor, and greed wrapped in Southern politesse... Pinbrough’s intricately woven mystery will please fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.”
— Publishers Weekly on Dead to Her
“Within minutes of opening Dead to Her you will be unsettled, charmed, riled, empowered, and aroused. Pinborough at the height of her powers.”
— Josh Malerman, bestselling author of Bird Box
"Dead to Her is set amid Savannah’s elite: a lusty, greedy, exclusive society of old money where secrets are buried deep. Sarah Pinborough is always ahead of her reader, expertly weaving her killer plot. Thrilling, sexy and utterly unputdownable."
— Beverly Vincent, Co-Editor (with Stephen King) of Flight or Fright
“The plotting in Cross Her Heart is calm, cool and beautifully orchestrated—until, WHAM, you marvel at what Pinborough has just tossed in your lap. There are plenty of I-can’t-believe-she-just-did-that moments that will have you sitting straight up in your chair. What a terrific ride.”
— Meg Gardiner, author of Unsub
“The amazing Sarah Pinborough has done it again with this brilliant, pacy story of lies and deceit.”
— B.A. Paris on Cross Her Heart
“Swift and entertaining… When Pinborough unveils her first surprise about a third of the way in, it’s a good one… Cross Her Heart has a welcome sisterhood-is-powerful vibe; it’s a novel that defines women by their relationships with one another, even as their creator is ruthlessly shoving them into position for the next twist.”
— New York Times Book Review
“As the narrative weaves among these three… characters, readers are pulled deeper into their connected webs of secrets and lies… Fans of Pinborough’s smash debut, Behind Her Eyes, won’t be disappointed… [This is] a fast-paced, twisty thriller... Devotees of B.A. Paris and Ruth Ware will be fascinated.”
— Library Journal (starred review) on Cross Her Heart
“You should read Behind Her Eyes…It’s bloody brilliant.”
— Stephen King
“Behind Her Eyes is a dark, electrifying page-turner with a corker of an ending. Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession.”
— Harlan Coben
“Behind Her Eyes is a cunning puzzle-box of a novel, a masterfully engineered thriller that brings to mind Hitchcock at his most uncanny, and Rendell at her most relentless. Lean and mean, dark and disturbing, this is the kind of novel that takes over your life. Sarah Pinborough slays.”
— Joe Hill