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When All the World Sleeps

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,303 ratings  ·  437 reviews
Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his be ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Riptide Publishing (first published March 22nd 2014)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
April M/M Buddy Read Selection

gritty, harsh, depressing


with flashes of grace

beautifully written, shocking,

filled with longing

and pain

"We live as we dream: alone."

This book made me angry, depressed, like I was in a noose, choking, sinking,



How do you know your life isn't a dream?

Daniel chains himself to a bed so he doesn't leave. When he sleeps, terrible things happen. And Daniel pays a price. He's an outcast, a freak, a pariah, a slutty faggot wanting to get used by eve
Emma Sea
tl;dr : hot, thoughtful D/s. Buy it.

the long road:

Full disclosure: Lisa Henry gave me a copy of this. You may or may not know I have a personal policy of no ARCs or freebies, but I choose to think of this not as a review copy, but as my very kind friend Lisa taking pity on my six months of eager waiting and giving me a present. But, to clarify officially, Lisa did not give me the book in expectation of a favorable, or any, review.

Writing a cohesive review of this proved fairly challenging, and i
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 5 stars
Story 3.5 stars

Unique and interesting story, but around 70%, it felt like nothing much/new was happening. The ending felt more like a beginning???? There was no epilogue. I would have enjoyed it more if part of Daniel and Joe's story was dedicated to how they adjusted to life once they left their hometown.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

Ugh, boy do I need a happy read after this one.

These authors sucked me dry (Emotionally! Dirty minds, all of you) and left me feeling totally depleted. Don't get me wrong, this is still a romance, but it is an exhausting one.

Honestly, the concept for this book was pretty brilliant. Daniel Whitlock does things he can't control while he is sleeping, including harming others and himself. Daniel's situation alone was enough to make me cry. I mean, that poor man. What he put himself thr
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: Andrea
Written April 2, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - Anxiety-filled, sentimental, tough and dark but ultimately beautiful about fear, to be different, alienation and strong emotions

When All the World Sleeps is a new Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock M/M novel. ~ As I wrote in my last update; I'm totally exhausted. ~

To read this book was an incredibly emotional journey. I feel it is impossible for me to describe all these pretty rough and difficult feelings, happenings and characters in this great, but very dark and angsty
Lisa Henry
Sep 25, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

The first two chapters are now available to read on the Riptide website.


J.A. Rock and I wrote this book. It all started with an email she sent me asking if I wanted to hear a crazy idea. My answer, as always, was "Hell, yes."

And it went from there...

If you guys have anything you want to ask me about When All The World Sleeps, here's the place to do it!
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-contemp
Complicated, conflicted, and slightly terrifying.

You want a cookie cutter, easy read then just keep on walking--this book is not for you. This isn't elitism, this is fair warning that one really needs to be in a frame of mind for reading this book.

It is a romance.

It will make you rethink your beliefs at least once.

It might very will make you hate, love, and despair all within one chapter--several times within the book.

This is not easy, formulated plot twists. This is reach deep inside, that
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 52%
Nothing really happened, it dragged a lot, I got bored and so far there wasn't any romance that you could feel it!
Uh, 2.75 Stars? Urm, I think. Maybe 3.

So, I’ll keep this short and sweet and full of spoilers.

I was waiting forever for this book, and when I got my Arc from NetGalley, I was so stoked. I’m still glad I read the book. 2.75-3 is a good rating!

I say this every review.. Lisa Henry and JA Rock write beautifully together and I’m always gifted with beautiful scenery and fantastic visuals. I’m never left wondering how people are feeling or questioning what they just did. The writing, as always, was fan
Have you ever thought about the power of the subconscious mind? How it responds to your every thought and emotion, your fears and desires? At the risk of sounding like a universal self-help guru I will remind you that your subconscious is your loyal slave, your greatest protector and your fiercest ally; it is your absolute truth and there is no hiding from it. It is YOU, with the most powerful will to do what your conscious mind will not. Now imagine what your subconscious would do for you, if i ...more
4.5 Stars

This story is not for the faint of heart. It was a disturbing, frustrating, distressing, and even an uncomfortable reading experience at times, but wow, what a story!

Forcing my apprehension aside, I threw myself into this one, knowing full well that my poor nerves and pesky anxiety was going to be heightened due to the content and themes within this story. It was a tough read, no doubt, but one I feel was so very worth any ill-feelings that may have been thrust upon me along the way.

I b
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
****4 Set My World On Fire Stars****

Daniel Whitlock
wrestled when his subconscious took control of his mind, wrestled with his demons, the townsfolk.....and acceptance..... what a Heartbreaking, Incredible, Poignant Story.

Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. He sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. After spending time in prison for a crime he commited, burning down Kenny Cooper’s house with Kenny in it. Daniel returned to the small town he grow up in and lives
5 heartbreaking, soul-wrenching stars! Bel and Daniel - their love story is so special...

3 times I've started this review, and 3 times I really didn't know what to say about this incredible book... So, now I'm gonna go for simple and maybe I'll come clean this time.

If you know Lisa Henry you can definitely understand my musings and heartbreaks over Daniel. God, but she can write dark, she can write gritty, and she can write depressing! I'm very sorry but I haven't read anything by J.A. Rock so f
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Re-read July 2018

The audio for this is amazing. Greg Tremblay really makes this book come alive. But... it's still quite the depressing story... And not even the great narration could make me feel happier about this. It's good, but very sad too.


3.5 stars

I know when Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock write something together they accomplish awesome things. And this was no exception.

This is a story about Daniel. Daniel, who sleepwalks. And does awful things when he is aslee
Okay, I'm calling it. Time of death: chapter 12/23. No autopsy report.

Just ignore me and my sad puppy dog face, ...
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... seems like I'm the only one on the planet who doesn't like this book.

It's not even because When All The World Sleeps is dark and depressing. It's just dragging and I'm bored, so it took me almost a week to get halfway through. Although my heart is bleeding for Daniel, it doesn't really help that I don't feel a connection between him and Bel, either.

Damn, I
Vanessa North
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot, but at the same time, it made me really sad. It's a very melancholy story, but also very angry. I would definitely recommend reading if in the mood for that sort of thing, because it's very evocative--you go through all of Daniel's emotions and the authors pull no punches

I found the setting pretty well done--it feels authentically small town South. (coming from someone who lived for over a decade in the carolinas)

The characters were endearing--Daniel's pain was palpable
"Do you know what you do when all the world sleeps?"

I fuck anything. I kill people, I'm crazy.
"You talk a lot. We talk a lot."

Daniel Whitlock walks in his sleep and that wouldn't be so bad if it was all that he did in his sleep but it isn't and now after years in prison having paid his debt to society. He's trying to rebuild his rebuild himself...but, that's a lot harder than it sounds when people won't let go of the past, won't accept why things happen.

Joe 'Bel' Belman's one of
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lisa Henry is an author who had been on my radar for a number of years as someone whose work several friends regarded highly. I hadn't tried her because I read the plot descriptions and they sounded way too dark and downer and angsty for my taste in romantic fiction.

Then I found Adulting 101 which promised to be humorous and and at least moderately light. And it was! Very funny! And fun. And while there were some more serious elements they were handled in a very deft, non-depressing way. I enjo
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very compelling story that kept hold of me to the end.

I debated reading this for the longest time, the blurb intriqued me but the contents promised to be darker than my liking.
There are very dark themes, this isn't a light pretty romance by any means but there's vivid pain and love and possibly redemption. I'm really glad I decided to read it.

I liked that the sleep-walking wasn't neatly tagged and explained, what is said about it was enough for my quasi-psychol-analysis! It made sense to me th
*ARC via netgalley*


When I first read the blurb, I just knew I had to read this book. And I was simply mesmerized by the cover, like it whispered promises to me that it will be dark and haunting. And on top of it BDSM included.

And it had such an amazing and promising start. I was completely gripped by the story. Both Bel and Daniel were amazing characters and I just couldn't wait for them to be together, to see how will that happen. But somewhere around 50%, maybe even before, I simply lost m
4.5 stars

This book gutted me. It's dark, gritty, and very angsty, but there's also an incredible romance, and strong themes of redemption and hope.

I listened to the audiobook version by Greg Tremblay. His narration kept me hooked. The character voices were differentiated and "fit", and the pacing was good.

Both Daniel and Bel are flawed characters. Daniel has a sleepwalking disorder which resulted in murder, and which he tries to control through enduring pain. Bel, a small-town cop, shares his to
Kaje Harper
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, intense, m-m
This was an intense, dark story with a looming sense of foreboding for most of the book. Daniel committed a horrible crime, in response to a horrible situation, while he was supposedly sleep-walking. He was convicted, but given a short sentence due to support for his claim of being unaware of what he did. Now back in his hometown - the scene of his crime - on parole, he's still dealing with severe dissociative episodes when he sleeps, and the fear that goes with being out of control. He also dea ...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
A very emotional read. I think I spent a lot of time wondering if I felt admiration or pity for Daniel because it almost seemed sacrilegious to feel both at the same time somehow. Like I had to compartmentalize my feelings. I think I was mirroring Daniel. It ends much more hopeful but this is not a book where there is a great cure and everything is all right. I mean I know these two authors wouldn't give anyone an easy out and such is the case here. Daniel's damage is so severe that he appears a ...more
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Arc provided to Slitsread by Riptide publishing for an honest review

This book.

This book woke me up. Woke me up.

When all the world was sleeping I was awake.




Lisa Henry and J.A Rock dived into a broken man and did it BEAUTIFULLY. Holy Shit did they ever.

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If I got to know you for a little while, that's maybe enough, yeah? 'Cause with you, I was awake, and with you, I was alive, and with you, I'm brave.

This book is not just reading, it is a full emotion-immersion experience. Two of the most memorable characters I have ever come across, and I've read a lot of books, came out of this book - Daniel Whitlock and Joseph (Bel) Belman. Be hard to ever forget their names.

"You awake?"
"Yeah, Bel."

I'll be honest, there is a lot of hurt and sadness
5 Thousand Stars

Well, that would be the rating I'd give this book were it something even remotely possible on GR. Seriously, best book I've read (or listened to) this year so far. Honestly? It was better than anything else I read (or listened to) last year as well.

Read the status updates for some of my thoughts and feelings on this book because I'm emotionally exhausted right now and not sure I'd have more to add - except...some parts of the story reminded me of Rectify, but in an homage-y way t
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so dark and disturbing, but i enjoyed reading it. I would have loved an Epilogue..
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book!! Read and Listened to and Both ways are exceptional!
5 stars!!
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

3.5stars rounded up
Interesting concept extreme sleepwalking, and a great hook for a story especially if the sleepwalker in this case is a poor tortured soul, and there's no doubt that Daniel is exactly that! A pariah in the town he's returned to, after being released from prison for killing the man who almost beat him to death, Daniel hides himself away from the world in a cabin in the woods. No one believes in the defence that only got him convicted of manslaughter and a five year sentence,
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I had a lot of expectations for When All the World Sleeps. Some of them include: dark, intense, and BDSM! I mean, you can't look at that book cover, see the name "Lisa Henry" and NOT think you'll be in for some hours of absolutely delicious man pain.

But dare I say that WATWS wasn't up to par with my expectations? I think my biggest issue was buying Daniel's sleepwalking. Of course sleepwalking is real. But to take a real condition, and make it become the type of extreme that Daniel experiences a
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