Sleepless Blog Tour

It’s over, my angel. Today I’m going to die. Just like her. He’s won.

It’s been years since Nadja Kulka was convicted of a cruel crime. After being released from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than to live a normal life: nice flat, steady job, even a few friends. But when one of those friends, Laura von Hoven – free-spirited beauty and wife of Nadja’s boss – kills her lover and begs Nadja for her help, Nadja can’t seem to be able to refuse.

green-leafed trees

The two women make for a remote house in the woods, the perfect place to bury a body. But their plan quickly falls apart and Nadja finds herself outplayed, a pawn in a bizarre game in which she is both the perfect victim and the perfect murderer . . .

Dark secrets past and present collide in this haunting novel of guilt and retribution from the internationally bestselling author of Dear Child.

green trees during sunrise

Toxic friendship and ensuing betrayals make for an intoxicating read – and I absolutely loved this immersive and enjoyable journey into its bitter heart.  As soon as I started reading Sleepless, it made me want to throw all my marking down and dive right in. As a teacher in a boarding school in the midst of the countryside, I was gripped by the thought of this storyline and let me tell you, Romy Hausman did not disappoint,

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If you read my blog, you’ll know that I love a novel that asks us to think about our own lives and put ourselves in the place of the characters that we are reading about. When this is well done, it’s my favourite kind of book – but it can be notoriously difficult to pull off effectively. Often, I’ve been left disappointed by an uneven narrative or I’d feel unconvinced and put the book to one side.

green trees

Sleepless is fortunately not one of those books: the story of Nadja and Laura is totally engrossing and balanced beautifully throughout the novel: whether we are with them before or after their plan is executed and Nadja finds herself hoisted by her own petard I found myself equally engaged with all three parts of the narrative and enjoyed the way that I had to stay on my toes to keep up with the twists and turns of this original and clever read. The gorgeous cover with its intriguing tagline about the ‘perfect victim…and perfect murdurer…’ ensured that this novel never lasted long on my TBR pile and I lost myself in it during my first weekend off duty this term

trees on forest with sun rays

I think that part of its success is that it never really gives too much away so you find yourself obsessing about what kind of tiny ‘tells’ might be hidden in the text that might give the next part away – you’ll have great fun doing so as the story rattles along at a cracking pace as you try to second-guess the tapestry of truth, lies and twisted allegiances. I like the fact that we are constantly made to think about the ways that the decisions and promises we make – even the promises we make in good faith – can often come back to haunt us in ways that we might not expect – and Nadja certainly finds tis out to her peril…

green trees surrounded by fogs

If you are fascinated by novels that throw you in at the deep end and ask you to navigate your wa forward and try and work out the truth then you will definitely find much to engage your inner sleuth here. You don’t have to be a true crime addict like me to fall in love with this engrossing psychological thriller. I thoroughly recommend Sleepless to anyone looking for a book that will keep you up way too late and give you a few sleepless nights all of your own. I loved the way that I just couldn’t puzzle it out and that’s what made me recommend it to our book group as I know that lots of our members love a book like this – that keeps you guessing right up until the end.

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I was gutted to be on duty and not be able to finish this gripping read in a oner – but if you get the opportunity – set aside a rainy Sunday, clear your diary and give yourself a real treat.

So many of my favourite bloggers are on this tour -so make sure you check out their reviews too

Thanks to Team Quercus for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for my copy of the book.

Sleepless is available now. Click here to order yourself a copy here

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‘Chilling’ People Magazine

‘[A] tantalizingly disturbing debut . . . As enthralling as it is thought-provoking’ New York Times

‘Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with. You can’t stop reading’ David Baldacci

‘Deliciously dark’ Alice Feeney

‘Very compelling’ Peter James

‘Disturbingly good’ Lesley Kara

Writer on the Shelf

Romy Hausmann was born in East Germany in 1981. At the age of twenty- four she became chief editor at a film production company in Munich. Since the birth of her son, Romy has been working as a freelancer in television. Her thriller debut, Dear Child, became a number one bestseller in Germany and is being published in twenty countries. Sleepless is her second thriller. Romy lives with her family in a remote house in the woods near Stuttgart.

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