Wednesday, 3 June 2015

I Do Not Sleep by Judy Finnigan

I Do Not Sleep
By Judy Finnigan
Published by Little Brown (12 February 2015)
ISBN: 978-1847445537

Publisher's description
Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20-year-old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident. His empty boat was found washed ashore on the rocks - but his body was never found. Now Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to accept he is gone. Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea - things just don't add up and Molly can't let it go. Desperate for answers, she turns to Joey's best friend, Ben, to go back to what really happened that day...

My verdict
I Do Not Sleep is the story of a mother coming to terms with her son's tragic demise. Joey is believed to have been killed in a terrible sailing accident in Cornwall five years earlier. Since no body has ever been found, although the boat was recovered, Molly doesn't know what happened to 20-year-old Joey and has found it very difficult to move on with her life. She returns to Cornwall, with the rest of her family, determined to discover what happened to her son.

I Do Not Sleep contains some lovely descriptions of Cornwall and a whole host of interesting characters. The story focuses on Molly's emotions. I think she is supposed to come across as obsessive and self-destructive, but I found her selfish when it came to the needs of the rest of her family, particularly her husband, and this meant I found it hard to relate to her. The story builds up gradually, but most of the action takes place in the last couple of chapters. The ending is very cliched and quite unbelievable, but it does tie up all the loose ends.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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