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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Flux
  • United States
  • English
  • 0738735930
  • 9780738735931
  • 466,537

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"Cleverly written and dangerously dark, Insomnia will take you to the brink of insanity. A must-read for thriller and romance fans alike." --Elana Johnson, author of Possession
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About J R Johansson

J. R. Johansson (Orem, UT) holds a BS in public relations and is active in the writing community, teaching classes and workshops. Insomnia is her debut novel. Visit her online at

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3,773 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 31% (1,182)
4 33% (1,248)
3 25% (949)
2 8% (287)
1 3% (107)

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I enjoyed Insomnia so much! I read about it on some author blogs and I knew from that moment on that I had to have it! And it didn't disappoint me at all, in fact it was even better and creepier than expected! The story is about Parker who hasn't had a good night sleep in about four years and he is slowly turning crazy because of his insomnia. What does he do at night? His body sleeps but his brain stays awake and he enters the dream (or nightmare) of the person he last looked in the eyes before sleeping. This doesn't give him any rest so each morning he wakes up feeling super tired and he knows that he is slowly turning crazy and that he will probably die sometime soon. Then he meets Mia and he can actually get some rest when he enters her dreams and so the game begins of Parker trying to look into Mia's eyes as the last pair he looks into before sleeping. Because of this he is turning into a little bit of a stalker and then it turns out that Mia is in fact also having a real stalker who might be Parker sleepwalking! Sounds exciting right? It really is! One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that Parker is slowly getting really crazy and not even he or the reader can say for sure if he is the villain or not. You don't want Parker to be the bad guy, but the blackouts and everything that is happening with and because of him makes you doubt him all the time. And because of this there is a certain type of mystery going on. One page I was so sure that Parker was in fact the stalker, the next page I was sure it was someone else but then something happened and I was sure it was another character and then another thing happened and I could almost say without a doubt that Parker was the villain! I was slowly turning crazy myself I think and at the end I was biting my nails off because of the excitement. The twists in this story sometimes almost killed me but I couldn't stop reading because J. R. Johansson has written this book in such a way that you almost (or actually can't) put it down. But, there is more to Insomnia than just a book with a great plot and writing style and lot of creepy stuff and doubting the sanity of the protagonist (or is he the antagonist?!). There is romance in this book that is so good because Parker isn't going for the obvious young-adult-book choice and there are side characters in this book that are so good, I cared about them so much! My favorite character in this book is probably Finn. He reminds a lot of Stiles from Teen Wolf. I love the funny best friend that helps his friend even though odd things are going on. And there is a lot of odd stuff going on in Insomnia... So if you are looking for a creepy read that will make you doubt the sanity of the main character (and maybe even the author...) you should pick this book up!show more
by Maud Grefte
Insomnia brings something new and original to the table, and it is an addicting read. I didn't want to put it down and wanted to know what would happen next. I chose to read Insomnia because I was intrigued by the concept, and jumped at the chance to review an arc ebook. I was very into this story, but its very dark. I like male pov and it was done well through Parker. It was quite an adventure being in Parker's head, and I, like him, didn't know the truth of what was going on in several instances. I didn't know if he was somehow responsible, or what was going on in those missing times. I def sympathized with him, and was confused right along with him. I think that even though insomnia brings out a darker part of his mind, good still wins out with him, even when bad things happen, he has regret, and that is the important thing for me. His friendship with Finn was a high point in this story for me. I love to read about male friendships, listening to their banter, and ragging on each other. I appreciate the support and how he believed the unbelievable for his best friend. That he fought for his life and that he wanted to get to the bottom of things. I also liked Finn's sister, Addie. She appeared to be a strong character, and I liked the interactions with him and Parker. Mia was a mystery to me, and I wanted to know what made her dreams different from others, and what exactly was going on between her and Parker, and the secrets from her past. The love in this one was subtleish, and even though I thought there was going to be a love triangle, there ended up not being one. I liked that it distinguished immediate attraction with deep feelings that develop over time. The world building felt well done to me, I get the information I need when I need it and the pacing was good. I was never bored, and there was always something happening to keep things going. The ending was an explosion of action and emotion. It caught me completely by surprise but it somehow was most of the things that I wanted, just not in the way I thought they would happen. It wrapped up the plot lines of this one very well, but threw in something that I know will be the focus of the sequel. Bottom Line: Dark mystery with original concept from a well done male more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
If nothing else, J.R. Johansson's debut novel is really quite original. The premise here involves the main character, a Watcher, being forced to enter the dreams of the last living person that he had eye contact with. As a consequence, he is unable to let his mind rest. And the sleep-deprivation is slowly killing him. It's an interesting concept, and I was definitely wholly intrigued by Parker's ability, but the actual execution is rather disappointing. For a start, there are far too many grey areas and aspects that refuse to make sense. With the constant lack of sleep, I was surprised that Parker was able to even function as well as he did. A certain twist involving Parker's other and much darker self also left me utterly baffled. What was that all about? Sequel or not, I would have expected some level of explicit explanation here. There are a handful too many unanswered questions by the final page, which only makes Insomnia feel all the more like a long introductory novel for the next book, rather than a predecessor. Character-wise, Parker is... somewhat challenging. Quite a few of his actions (stalking, accidental murder, etc.) do provide some sort of basis for progression, but it is very poorly utilised. Quite frankly, a lot of it just succeeds in making him pretty unlikeable after a while, which probably explains why I didn't care too much about what happened to him in the end. The anticlimactic ending only makes the decision about the sequel that much easier - I don't think I'll more
by Sam
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