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text 2017-02-06 07:54
I've listened to 75% of When All the World Sleeps
When All the World Sleeps - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock

His throat got tighter as he read. His face burned, but the heat seemed to go deeper than his skin, into his skull, and gathered behind his eyes. (...) But he kept staring, turning his head, reading the words over and over. Memorizing the scrawl of Bel's writing.

In a dark band around his neck, it said, BRAVEST MOTHERFUCKER IN LOGAN.


Favorite moment.

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text 2017-02-04 16:01
I've listened to 53% of When all the World Sleeps
When All the World Sleeps - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock

"Stop," Bel said sharply. "Don't talk like that. You shouldn't've done it."

Daniel's rage flared. "He shoudn't've fucking beat me!" He struggled up onto his hands and knees, than sat back on his heels. "The problem's what he did. What he fucking did! Only reason he didn't kill me was someone was coming, and he didn't want to get caught."

"But he didn't kill you."

"No, but God, sometimes I wish he had," Daniel said, voice breaking.


Perfect emotional narration. *wipes tears*


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text 2017-02-01 06:00
I've listened to 17% of When All the World Sleeps
When All the World Sleeps - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock

"You telling me you get three hours of sleep a night? No wonder you feel crazy."

"Sometimes I put another set of locks in the freezer. So when I get up I can replace the locks to go back to sleep for another couple of hours."

Bel leaned back. "Hell. Hell, I'd kill myself."

"Thought about it. Or figured someone would do it for me. But I don't want to die."

Bel turned his head. "No?"

"No. You think I ought to want to?"



So intense..

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text 2017-01-31 22:14
I've listened to 7% of When All the World Sleeps
When All the World Sleeps - Lisa Henry,J.A. Rock

Master Beau jingled the chains. "Crawl to me, Boy."

The chains scared him, but he needed them. Deserved them. He'd fucking killed someone. He was a murderer. He hated himself for the times he forgot. The minutes or sometimes hours he went without reminding himself he was a murderer. If felt like the thing you ought to keep close to you, ought to remember all the time (..).



I'm so glad I've read this book before, and know how this terrifying scene ends. Doesn't make it easier, though. Run, Daniel, run!



Also, my heart breaks for Daniel, and his thoughts of himself.

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review 2016-04-22 00:00
When All the World Sleeps
When All the World Sleeps - Lisa Henry;J.A. Rock **** "bravest motherfucker in Logan" stars ****

Phew, this was a rough one.

Lisa Henry and JA Rock's writing and story telling is phenomenal. Again.

Christ, it is so good, but also very emotional, twisted and dark with this one. It left me drained. But I'm not sorry I read this book at all. It definitely wasn't easy, and there were plenty of scenes that squeezed that familiar emotional ball I get in my stomach when I read Lisa and JA's books, and pushed my limits.

The story is about Daniel Whitlock who has been sleepwalking ever since he was a boy. He walks around and talks as if he was awake, and does all kinds of things that he has no recollection of when he does finally wake. He has no control over what he does or say and it has landed him in trouble over the years, from painting his parents living room green to peaking into a neighbor's bedroom window catching him as a peeping Tom. The people in town don't know he sleepwalks and think of him as a freak. During one of his sleepwalks he makes a crude comment to another guy in town, Kenny Cooper. Kenny then attacks Daniel at a later date (when Daniel is awake), and brutally beats him to an inch of his life. No charges is filed even though "everyone" knows Kenny and his friends did it. Small town, you know. After Daniel recovers, one night he sleepwalks and sets fire to Kenny's house with Kenny still inside and Kenny burns to death. 

The story takes place several years after Kenny's death. Daniel did his time for it. His defense was sleepwalking, and the whole town feels he got off too easy and think the sleepwalking is bullshit. Everyone in town hates him, harass him, especially Kenny Cooper's friends. Daniel lives alone in his cabin out of town. Hiding in a way. But at the same time struggling with lots of guilt for the stuff he has done and put people through all his life. He does whatever he can to stop himself from sleepwalking. He chains himself to his bed, but normal locks with keys won't do because his sleeping self finds it and unlock them when sleepwalking. He puts the locks into his freezer so they freeze and are unable to get up until the ice melts. He has to turn on his alarm to wake up when they've melt to prevent himself from getting loose.

Daniel is depressed, struggles with huge amount of guilt, he feel he deserves the towns judgement of him, and most of all sleep deprived. He fears sleeping. He's trapped.

"Do you know what you do, when all the world sleeps?"
I fuck everything. I kill people. I'm crazy.

Joe "Bel" Belman, a local cop, who has had a crush on "the weird Whitlock kid" since he was young, takes an interest in him after some incidents. He starts seeing the real Daniel. Daniel who hasn't had anyone looking or talking to him kindly in years, doesn't think he deserves to be happy. But Bel wants Daniel, even though he's fucked up.

This is their story. It is not easy. It's not pretty. It's dark and emotional. There is love, though, and moments. So worth it to read their story.

Recommended! But brace yourself. 

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