None shall sleep

Ellie Marney

Book - 2020

Eighteen-year-olds Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile serial killers, must turn to a notorious teenage sociopath to help track down a new murderer.

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Thrillers (Fiction)
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2020.
First edition
Physical Description
390 pages ; 22 cm
Ages 14+.
Main Author
Ellie Marney (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

If you're willing to suspend your disbelief, you'll be treated to '80s-era Silence of the Lambs, where the lead roles are held by teens. Do it. You won't be disappointed. Emma Lewis—18, white, and fiery—is approached by FBI Agent Cooper, who has an unexpected proposition. He'd like her to be part of a team conducting interviews with imprisoned teen serial killers. Though skeptical, she agrees to join Agent Cooper and teammate Travis Bell, a biracial Latinx teen, at Quantico. So why Emma and Travis? Both have personal experience with serial killers: Emma, once a near victim, and Travis, son of a murdered U.S. marshal. The stakes skyrocket when Emma and Travis' project becomes entwined with an active, potentially young killer—the Berryville Butcher. Readers entranced by Mindhunter will eat this up, and Marney provides them with layered, damaged characters, well-executed twists, skin-crawling details of murder scenes, and a brutally charged atmosphere as the story reaches its climax. All signs point to Emma and Travis working another case, which is excellent news for this thriller's inevitable fans. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Ever since she escaped from and helped to apprehend serial killer Daniel Huxton, Ohio State freshman Emma Lewis has kept her hair buzzed and her running shoes laced. When FBI agent Ed Cooper arrives to recruit her for a behavioral science unit, he offers her myriad benefits in exchange for interviewing juvenile serial offenders with a partner, 18-year-old Travis Bell, son of a U.S. Marshal killed by a serial offender. As Cooper hits a wall with an ongoing investigation—a string of teen murders in Pennsylvania by "the Butcher"—he pushes Emma to speak with Simon Gutmunsson, the artistic serial murderer responsible for Travis's father's death. Simon, intrigued by Emma's prickly demeanor and traumatic history, tries to pull her out of her shell; Emma, learning Simon's sensibilities and interest in the Burkean sublime, realizes that he may be the key to identifying the Butcher. Marney (Circus of Arts) has created a thrilling cat-and-mouse story in this taut, Silence of the Lambs–like thriller, which employs a teen behavioral psychologist's trauma and resilience against a gripping, dangerous puzzle. While the propulsive investigation takes center stage, Marney also skillfully creates engaging and complex characters as well as a budding romance that tenderly juxtaposes the overarching plot. Ages 14–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Emma Lewis, a 17-year-old survivor of a violent abduction, has just been recruited by the FBI to join an elite unit tasked with creating profiles of teenage serial killers. Emma leaves her quiet town in Ohio for Quantico, VA, to join Travis Bell, another recruit, in an attempt to interview incarcerated offenders and gain insight into what made them kill. As Emma begins to interview a highly dangerous serial murderer, news of a new killer becomes known. Emma and Travis lend their knowledge to the hunt for the "butcher" and become wrapped up in the progressing investigation. While the concept is exciting and there is quite a bit of action, the narrative in this book is lacking. The speed at which Emma is recruited and joins the FBI, and is subsequently trusted as an agent is too unbelievable. VERDICT An ambitious undertaking that doesn't quite hit the mark. Not recommended for purchase.—Maryjean Riou, Hunterdon County Lib., Flemington, NJ Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Recruited into the FBI of 1982 to interview juvenile convicts and provide counsel on cold cases, a teen survivor of a serial killer and a U.S. Marshal candidate forge a savvy partnership that is tested by their effort to obtain a young sociopath’s insights into an urgent serial killer case. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Eighteen-year-olds Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile serial killers, must turn to a notorious teenage sociopath to help track down a new murderer.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie in this riveting psychological thriller about two teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down juvenile serial killers.In 1982, two teenagers—serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell—are recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. From the start, Emma and Travis develop a quick friendship, gaining information from juvenile murderers that even the FBI can't crack. But when the team is called in to give advice on an active case—a serial killer who exclusively hunts teenagers—things begin to unravel. Working against the clock, they must turn to one of the country's most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson.Despite Travis's objections, Emma becomes the conduit between Simon and the FBI team. But while Simon seems to be giving them the information they need to save lives, he's an expert manipulator playing a very long game...and he has his sights set on Emma.Captivating, harrowing, and chilling, None Shall Sleep is an all-too-timely exploration of not only the monsters that live among us but also the monsters that live inside us.