Book Review: Sleeper – J D Fennell

Release Date: April 28th 2017
Publisher: The Dome Press
Pages: 228
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Sixteen-year-old Will Starling is pulled from the sea with no memory of his past. In his blazer is a strange notebook with a bullet lodged inside: a bullet meant for him. As London prepares for the Blitz, Will soon finds himself pursued by vicious agents and a ruthless killer known as the Pastor. All of them want Will’s notebook and will do anything to get it. As Will’s memory starts to return, he realises he is no ordinary sixteen-year old. He has skills that make him a match for any assassin. But there is something else. At his core is a deep-rooted rage that he cannot explain. Where is his family and why has no one reported him missing? Fighting for survival with the help of Mi5 agent-in-training, Anna Wilder, Will follows leads across London in a race against time to find the Stones of Fire before the next air raid makes a direct hit and destroys London forever.


This is one action packed story! Sleeper follows sixteen year old Will Starling who is anything but ordinary. I really loved this book. I was sucked in almost straight away. Sleeper is written in short punchy chapters, that always leave you wanting more. I found myself often saying ‘oh the chapter is short, I’ll just read another one’ and still being there an hour later. Sleeper is a well-spun narrative, and one that fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider will just adore.

I really loved the setting. London during the blitz is an already action-packed setting, and it really comes alive in Fennell’s story. Couple this with the high body count and loads of fast-paced scenes and you’re in for one wild ride of a story. The story blends the historical setting and contemporary narrative in a seamless way, and the two elements make for a very compelling story.

I loved Will. He’s such a fascinating character, and I really enjoyed following his story. It’s really interesting to see how Will reacts in different situations, as he discovers the skills he’s got.  I also really liked Anna Wilder, an MI5 agent who helps Will along the way. Combining the fast action of the plot with the fascinating characters (and that stunning cover!) makes Sleeper a really gripping read, and one that people of all ages will enjoy. Sleeper is one hell of a debut – I guarantee you’ll be hooked from start to finish.

Thanks so much for checking out my stop on the Sleeper blog tour. You can read my interview with J D Fennell here, and make sure you check out the rest of the stops!

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