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None Shall Sleep

Little, Brown. Sept. 2020. 400p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316497831.
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Gr 9 Up–Emma Lewis, a 17-year-old survivor of a violent abduction, has just been recruited by the FBI to join an elite unit tasked with creating profiles of teenage serial killers. Emma leaves her quiet town in Ohio for Quantico, VA, to join Travis Bell, another recruit, in an attempt to interview incarcerated offenders and gain insight into what made them kill. As Emma begins to interview a highly dangerous serial murderer, news of a new killer becomes known. Emma and Travis lend their knowledge to the hunt for the “butcher” and become wrapped up in the progressing investigation. While the concept is exciting and there is quite a bit of action, the narrative in this book is lacking. The speed at which Emma is recruited and joins the FBI, and is subsequently trusted as an agent is too unbelievable.
VERDICT An ambitious undertaking that doesn’t quite hit the mark. Not recommended for purchase.

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