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A Sleep So Dark

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  21 reviews

After watching her mother die in a car accident, sixteen year-old Tandy McIntyre is plagued by violent dreams. Terrified to sleep and losing her grip on reality, she agrees to attend an experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman, an expert in lucid dreaming.


In the bitter cold of a Colorado winter, Tandy follows Dr. Gillman and his enigmatic son Cade
ebook, First, 221 pages
Published October 25th 2013 by Inara Scott (first published October 9th 2013)
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Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

The synopsis for A Sleep So Dark was so utterly intriguing to me that I knew I had to read this. And what better time of year than close to Halloween? The entire premise just sounded so deliciously creepy to me that I couldn't resist. I love discussing dreams and the conscious/unconscious - as an undergrad studying for my degree in Psychology, I didn't put a lot of stock into Freudi
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The story

Five teenagers with sleep disorder take part in a five day therapy program with Dr.Gillman who claims that he can help them master their dreams so that they can finally have a good night's sleep. And the perfect story for Halloween begins...

The characters

Tandy McIntyre is a sixteen year old girl who hasn't slept for more than a few hours before waking up and screaming like her life depended on it since her mother died in a ca
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

A Sleep So Dark was not what I was expecting. I was looking for more of a horror feel with waking dreams and craziness, but that is not what I really got. These teens go to this sleep camp to help them with their nightmares. The camp is lead by creepy Dr. Gillman and his son Cade, whom Tandy has an instant crush on. The two of them seem to like each other, but Cade is very standoffish and tries to stay away.

The book starts off with everyone mee
Jennifer Weiser
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where, OH, where do I begin?? This book had me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't swipe my finger fast enough! A Sleep So Dark begins with Tandy, who has suffered from violent nightmares since the horrible car accident that took her mother's life. Tandy had been in the car and survived. Ever since that night, the accident has haunted her. Closing her eyes at night becomes a bitter punishment of guilty and anxiety that holds Tandy captive. Finally giving in to her father's pleas, Tandy is sent to ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Since the accident in which her mother died, Tandy suffers nightmares every night. Its gotten so bad that she tries everything not to fall asleep. As a last resort her father signs her up for an experimental sleep retreat where a doctor will monitor a group of teenagers for a week in a remote cabin. Four other teens are signed up, Bodie, Julian. Ione and Katelyn. Dr Gillman, along with his son Cade, takes them to the cabin to start treatment. Unfortunately things don't go as planned and someone ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tandy suffers from terrifying nightmares; she’s had them ever since the accident that killed her mother. The nightmares are so bad that Tandy does everything she can to stay awake.

Tandy’s father becomes more and more concerned for Tandy’s well being and sanity, so he enrols her in an experimental sleep retreat in a remote cabin in the Colorado Wilderness.

There are 4 other sleep troubled teens enlisted too; Bodie, Julian, Ione and Katelyn. The retreat is run by Dr Robert Gillman; who claims he ca
Kimber Wheaton
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A Sleep so Dark is a YA romantic suspense with some paranormal elements. I was definitely pulled in from the start by the blurb. I've always been somewhat fascinated by dreams. In the first few pages I developed an intense dislike for Dr. Gillman. He's a real piece of work. Overall this novel was quite suspenseful making it a quick read. Though it started a bit slow, halfway through it was very difficult to put down.

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Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romancebookworm
This is a grim masterpiece that embraces the macabre, the paranormal and real life, which terrified me to no end!

This story starts out with circumstances similar to what you might hear about on morning shows, talk shows, or documentaries. The desperate act of choosing a teen “camp” to help them overcome frightening afflictions is one that our society deals with regularly. The author’s illness of choice is a rather unique form of torture, though, with a ghostly bonus. The real world we live in i
Anny hernandez
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***** I received an ARC of this book for an honest review *****

Holy cow I don't even know how to write a review for this book wow I am speechless. first this is the first book that I read from this author and I love it.

When I started to read this book I was not EXPECTING to read what I read, it just made me think twice about my dreams or my nightmares, it made me see a whole different world, I love the characters they where very well developed, the story just kept playing with your mind, I reall
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was its story about teenagers headed to an isolated retreat to help treat their sleep disorders. Each of them suffer from terrifying nightmares and Dr. Gillman believes that he can help them conquer their dreams with his new treatment program. Tandy McIntyre suffers from horrible nightmares after witnessing the death of her mother from a car crash. Each night, she replays this event over and over again to the point where she is avoiding sleep at a ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow, the next time you have insomnia because of night terrors and you are faced with the option of inpatient treatment versus attending a week long retreat in the snowy mountains for treatment with a new breakthrough in dream therapy, trust me, go for the inpatient treatment. A Sleep So Dark is a scary nightmare of a story with murder, mayhem, and a unique element of the supernatural that had me grinning with glee at each little blip in the journey. There is an element of insta-attraction, ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I don't normally read scary stories because I have an overactive imagination and end up having nightmares and yes I am 50 so I should be over that right, but NO! Anyway, despite this being a rather scary book I loved it!!! This was a very interesting story about dreams and very scary ones that end up affecting people's lives so that they don't want to sleep because of them. I hate nightmares myself so it was interesting to see these teens trying to conquer their bad dreams and trying to fig ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic read! It pulled me in immediately and was plenty mysterious. I knew some serious stuff was going to go down, but that's about it. I had no idea what could happen and the twists and turns caught me unawares.

The paranormal aspect was pretty unique, and while dreaming themes have been done before, this was different from anything else I've read.

The secondary characters were fleshed out just enough to be able to imagine them, but without them taking over the story. The main ch
Maia Tolsdorf
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read with all the ingredients my 14 year-old and I both enjoy: mystery, suspense, a dose of the paranormal, and of course - romance! If you have ever had nightmares so bad that you didn't want to go to sleep (and who hasn't!) you will relate to Tandy and her terrifying situation. The characters are very believable and the dialogue flows easily, making you feel like you are there in the blizzard with the group, wondering just who you can trust! My daughter was on the edge of her bed be ...more
Tammy Hall
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a dark bone chilling thriller! I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. This story was fast paced leaving all sorts of things to the imagination and I loved ever last minute of it! The characters seemed to be lifted right off of the pages and in my mind were as real as you and me. I felt a connection to them all in one form or another and it was heart wrenching at times to see them struggle with their own inner demons. A Sleep So Dark is one book that I can honestly s ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I adore Inara Scott's writing style and when I heard that she wrote another YA book I was literally jumping for joy. A Sleep so Dark was amazing. Inara definitely took this book to a whole new level by making the evil villain or I guess evil spirit appear in dreams. This sounds ironic to me seeing that I read this book at two and three in the morning and then went back to sleep after words. That's okay though, no nightmares for me, thankfully. As always I relished every word. I'm always a happy ...more
Jennifer Cotroneo-Mancuso
I thoroughly enjoyed this haunting book. In some ways, it reminded me of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and The Shining by Stephen King. The characters were a bit one dimensional and stereotypical, but the plot was fantastic. I have to admit, I had the basic plot figured out a couple chapters into it, I just wasn't sure how it was going to play out. That being said, I would recommend this book for some quick rainy or snowy day reading. I would definitely read a sequel.
Victoria Scott
Super creepy book. I read this in October and it made Halloween that much more unnerving. Loved the characters and the idea behind the book. I often found myself reading and being grateful that I was warm and safe in my own house, unlike these poor "patients." *shivers* Inara Scott, you are a master at suspense!
Esmeralda Keymolen
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by this author and I loved it!

It made me analyze my own dreams and nightmares!!!
Melissa Simmons
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jenni Elyse
I really liked the premise of A Sleep so Dark. It had a lot of potential, but it fell flat for me.
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