Reviewed by Susan65
Title: When All the World Sleeps
Authors: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Heroes: Daniel Whitlock/Joe Belman
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 12 Hours, 11 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 bed at night.
Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.
Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.
Review – Book: Jen reviewed the book previously here.
Heartbreaker…from start to almost finish. Make sure you go into the with your eyes wide open because most of this tale is dark, cruel, and yes, very heartbreaking. Daniel Whitlock has a medical condition where he sleep walks and does some crazy things, appears to be awake, but once he recovers his consciousness he has no memories of what he did, what he said or where he went. His condition started as a child but with parents who didn’t get him the help he needed, and as he aged he just escalated into a whore and a murderer…all while asleep.
Being gay and considered a freak in his small country town, Daniel’s life is pure hell. Everyone thinks he got off too easily on his killing of his tormentor and yet he is his own worst enemy. He believes he’s a freak, a head case, and deserves the derision. His actions to try and protect the town, and himself, during his moments of unconsciousness are truly scary and very sad. But then you meet Joe Belman, town cop, a gay man himself, one who finds Daniel attractive, but has a hard time believing all the medical hoopla surrounding Daniel…until he gets up close and personal and sees the real Daniel.
These two try everything to try and keep Daniel safe, the town safe, and their hearts safe, as well. You wonder so many times if Bel will just throw in the towel and walk away. He is also asking for his own brand of derision, and the possibility of being kicked off the police force, by being with Daniel. But Bel and Daniel have something special together and it takes all of the twelve hours and eleven minutes of this audio before they finally find a way to have a future together.
Review – Audio: Gregory Tremblay does a tremendous job of bringing both Daniel Whitlock and Joe Belman to life. At first, I was little put off with the “hick”ish country accent but then it grew on me and fit the setting. These are country boys and they do speak this way. Once I got past that it was smooth sailing. I have to really like the narrator to listen to his performance for over twelve hours, and Mr. Tremblay did an admirable job of bringing these amazing characters to life, setting the tone for their harsh existence, and portraying the myriad of emotions in the voices of both men. I finished this audio feeling like I’d just ran a marathon. It wore me out but it ended with a smile on my face and really, as readers, that’s all we can ask for. Highly recommend this audio and the narrator, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*