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A 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, gai
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Laura Peden
Shelves: recommended
You know that feeling when you just read the best book of the year, and you're not seeing it hyped anywhere, even though everyone should be reading it?


Yeah, me too.

Friends, picture it. It's a crisp fall day, the children have been driving me crazy as lovely Mr. Humphrey has been traveling for work for approximately 958,000 days. We decide to take a stroll to our local Barnes and Noble, because our favorite bookseller Ree is working, and she's really nice to my kids when I can't be nice anymore.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Lewis is a real-life Final Girl; the rare survivor of a serial killer. She was actually held hostage by him for days prior to her escape.

Travis Bell is a U.S. Marshall candidate, whose father lost his life in the line of duty at the hands of a serial killer.

In addition to these odd circumstances, they are both extremely intelligent. It's because of all these things, the FBI decides to recruit Emma and Bell to interview juvenile killers and provide insight on cold cases.

The theory is that te
C.G. Drews
Look, the title of this book did not lie. I finished it at 11pm and proceeded to sleep exactly never. This is a chilling and addictive and gruesome thriller, and I'm kind of reeling but also so so impressed. I've read a lot of Ellie Marney books before (my favourites are her Aussie Sherlock series!) and this is just nothing like them 😂 We do love when an author flexes. The plot, the psychology aspect, the macabre elements are all a level up. You just get to a point too, where you cannot stop rea ...more
Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

“Why are some guys so fucked up?’ ‘It’s a kind of sickness, I think. Or a defect of the soul.”

Emma Lewis is the only girl to have escaped the home of a serial killer. She is recruited by the FBI along with Travis Bell, a kid whose dad was murdered, to interview teenage killers.
There is currently a murderer on the rampage, targeting only teenagers. They are hoping these interviews will shed some light on the mindset of a teenage killer.

One of the most prominent interviewees is Simon Gut
WOW - I'm almost done and what a ride!!!

For anyone loving Criminal Minds and The Silence of the Lambs - this one is for you.

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Upgrading to 4.5 after looking through the book again today and also adding to content warning based on an inquiry in the discussion thread below.

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Frank Phillips
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very solid YA Silence of the Lambs remake. This wasn't necessarily about figuring out who dunnit, and was more so a procedural of how the FBI could or would work in the event of a teenage Hannibal Lecter type. Marney created fantastic characters in this novel, and really enjoyed the two main protagonists, Bell and Emma, although I wished that there had been a bit more insight into Emma's abduction and survival at the hands of another serial killer shortly prior to the beginning of this story. Th ...more
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I think I would've enjoyed this a lot more if the tone, or writing style, had been a little different. Because the way this thriller unfolded, the chase, the crimes and the why, the whole set-up of using teens to hunt those who hunt and kill teens, is all fascinating. The fact that the backstories of these these junior investigators (not highschool age, this is a bit more realistic than that) were so traumatic, in very different ways, and how they battled those demons to do this work.. it was gr ...more
DNF. Time of death. 53%. I think that's far enough in to give a rating. One star seems too harsh so I'm going with two, despite not finishing it.

The blurb claimed this book was a mix of The Silence of the Lambs and Sadie. For me it was both not enough and too much like, "Lambs," and not comparable to, "Sadie."

I am hooked on true crime and serial killers. Reading, watching, podcasting. I acknowledge it is a dark interest. But I also know I'm not alone. Otherwise there wouldn't be so much materia
Eliza ☽
This is basically a YA Silence of the Lambs and I ADORE IT.

It's about two teenagers who have been recruited by the FBI to interview young serial killers. It's a really fascinating concept: the idea that teenage criminals wouldn't trust older authority figures is very true to life, so bringing in fellow teenagers to speak to them instead seems understandable (but would probably never happen in real life lol). The concept's similar to the TV show Mindhunter: interviewing captured serial killers t
April (Aprilius Maximus)
“There are no monsters. Only people.”

representation: Mexican-American MC, PTSD, Black minor characters, Sikh side character.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


HOOOOOLY MOLY this is how you write a thriller! The writing was SO GOOD. The suspense was SO GOOD. The action was SO GOOD. I absolutely HAVE to read more Ellie Marney now! I didn't give it a full 5 stars (have i ever given a thriller/mystery 5 stars?????) because I feel like they la
Katie Colson
Oct 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
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This suffers from the same affliction Scythe did. The YA-ness of it all really irritated me. It's a particular brand of YA because I read YA a lot and usually don't have these problems. It is mainly the Not-Like-Other-Girls, Chosen-One, Nice-Guy tropes that brought this book down.

The concept is fantastic. It is a direct rip off of Silence of the Lambs but I don't mind that at all. I went in hoping that would be the case. But I'm supposed to believe that
rachel ☾

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Isabel Rose
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

WOW what an amazing YA thriller 🙌🏼 This book was completely unexpected in the best way possible + it’s definitely a new favorite of mine. For fans of The Silence of the Lambs + Mindhunter, this one’s for you 🔪

As soon as I started reading this book I knew it was going to be very special to me. This book has a strong focus on forensic psychology, which I am obsessed with + is a strong career interest of mine. I connected with this book so easily from the very beginning because it truly al
The Nerd Daily
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by AB Endacott

The hint about just how engrossing a thriller can be is in the name of the genre. It literally thrills you with such intensity that you cannot put it down until you’ve found out exactly what lies at the heart of the mystery, who the killer is, what will happen to the protagonist, or a mix of all three.

Ellie Marney’s latest offering, None Shall Sleep, is everything a good thriller should be, drawing the reader in from the first chapter
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Eighteen year old Emma Lewis continues to endure the psychological trauma of being held captive, the sole survivor of man who abducted young women as wives. Now studying forensic psychology at University, Emma is about to embark on a landmark venture with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, adolescents recruited to interview adolescent sociopaths to help understand the psychological motivation of their crimes. Emma is a determined and resolute young woman, intelligent, perceptive and resilient. ...more

"𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 -- 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭."

I've had this psychological thriller on my radar since January, and after including it in my Top Ten Tuesday post for my Fall TBR, my lovely friend Kal (@kal_ventures) demanded we buddy read this immediately. I will forever be thankful to Kal for putting her foot down on this book!

Why, you ask? Because I read this chilling mystery in one day. Yep, I super failed the "buddy reading" component, but I
Laura Peden
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I can’t believe people aren’t talking about this book! The description compares it to Silence of the Lambs & Sadie. I did not get the Sadie comparison at all. I found it to be a mix of Silence of the Lambs & Mindhunter by John Douglas - YA edition (although very mature YA). You’ve got teens interviewing teen serial killers in prison ala Mindhunter and an eerily similar dynamic of Clarice & Lecter between the MC & one of the serial killers they’re using for research. The research project quickly ...more
Sep 29, 2020 added it
DNF at 37%

There is something missing from this book. Despite the fact that it’s a crime thriller (which is absolutely right up my alley) there isn’t a sense of suspense. These kinds of books are 85% atmosphere and this fell short.
Trigger warnings: murder, gore, blood, mentions of torture (in the past), death of a parent (in the past), stabbing, seriously there's lots and lots of blood.

None Shall Sleep is right. This was HELLA creepy.

I've been excited about this from the moment that Ellie announced it, and in the interests of full disclosure, I won an ARC from Allen & Unwin by telling them that the villain I'd most like to interview is Sauron because I want to know how he went from having a body to being a flaming eyeba
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 3-stars
There were parts that I liked, there were also a lot of parts that I really didn’t like or didn’t flow well with me. However, if there was a sequel I’d definitely try it out.

I’d heard so many amazing things about NONE SHALL SLEEP by Ellie Marney and I have to say this book exceeded my expectations.

Set in 1982 (love!) two teenagers—serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell—are recruited by the FBI. They are supposed to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. But when they have to turn to one of the country's most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson, every
2/5 stars

Welp this is sad. I really wanted to love this book as friends have rated it highly and it seems like something I would love: two teenagers hunt down a serial killer in the 80s using criminal profiling. But ultimately this book really let me down, for quite a few reasons.

But first, let’s start with the positives:

Travis Bell:
An under-utilised king. This poor boy is a side character in his own book! Bell’s father was police who was killed by teenaged serial killer Simon Gutmunsson. No
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
SO GOOD! Mindhunter with teens. Super creepy serial killer teenager. I love this kind of stuff! And a solid male/female relationship with no romance. Loved it
this book was so good ???

don't get me wrong, i've seen so many rave reviews about this book that i'm not entirely surprised that it was as good as it was. however, my track record with mystery/thriller books when i was reading this was,,, less than ideal.

at any rate, i was quite excited to get into reading this. the book had initially caught my interest when i saw the cover on display at a local bookstore. yes, in 2020. yes, it took me two years to get around to reading this. i'm not proud of it
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Silence of the Lambs
There are no monsters. Only people.

None Shall Sleep is a Young Adult thriller that mirrors the well-known The Silence of The Lambs. The good thing about this book that it managed to recreate the atmosphere of the original. But it tried so much to center on the psychological part of the story that it completely forgot about the plotline at one point.

What I really liked is how the maturity of relatively young characters was explained in the story. It was shocking to see a serial killer who is
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Um... okay. I'm currently trying to not get scared when I see shadows across the walls but... It ain't working. This book was, wow. That's a good description overall. It was creepy and disturbing, which is a plus (in some cases). The writing was killer (get it? *Snort*), the suspense was breathtaking, the murders frightening and my goodness, Sam? He was, well, disconcerting, to say the least. Yeah, I absolutely enjoyed reading this and e
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❐ Overall Rating 4¾ | Narration 5
❐ Mystery/Thriller/Horror
❐ Very reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs
❐ YA-ish
❐ Serial Killers

An excellent story, creepily scary and bloody gruesome. Billed as being Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie...I totally agree with the SOTL comparison, but I'm not feeling the Sadie comparison at all. Set in the early 80s...maybe when profiling was just really becoming mainstream. What they have these teens (who are 18) carrying out and/or what they end up doing on
Stay Fetters
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
"Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?"

When I saw that there was going to be a YA book that was compared to Silence of the Lambs, I grabbed my glass of Chianti and counted down the days until I could read this one. My hype for this one was a lot better than the book. It pains me to say that because we need more horror/thrillers in YA.

Where’s the fava beans? Where’s the nice Chianti? Where’s all the death? Just wake me when this is over...

It had an amazing start and I couldn't wait to
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, I see this is an unpopular opinion. But this book wasn't anything special. I couldn't connect with the main characters, and the mystery/criminal side of things kind of bored me. Honestly, there were times when I didn't care if they found the killer or not.
I was expecting something different, like One of Us Is Lying, but it felt more like a true crime documentary... a boring one, because I enjoy watching that kind of documentaries.
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Ellie Marney is a NYT and internationally bestselling author of crime fiction. Her titles include the Aurealis-winning None Shall Sleep, White Night, the Every series - starting with Every Breath - and the companion novel No Limits, White Night, and the Circus Hearts series, starting with Circus Hearts 1. Her next book, The Killing Code, an intense mystery about female codebreakers hunting a s ...more

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