Reviews Insomnia Bookstagram Tour


Imagine getting on a train. A stranger sits opposite you. They say nothing. At their stop they pick up. Hand you a note with the words ⁣


Strange you may think? Well this is what happens to Seth our main character. And, from there his life takes a very strange and eerie twist. ⁣

This is a short book at 115 pages and I flew through it. Van Loy is a magician with his words. He has written such an atmospheric, strange and dark story. ⁣

Seth has no clue what is happening to him, not do we as the reader. But, it’s great to go along for the ride. 

Just remember one thing when reading. ⁣



Seth Reed, a freelance writer living in New York City is living a fairly average life until something, or rather someone turns it upside-down forever.

Whilst taking the empty late train back after a night out with friends, a chance encounter with a fellow passenger leaves him feeling uneasy – the unknown girl sits next to him, stays silent and leaves him with just a note… “WAKE UP”. This phrase will continue to haunt him resulting in a shocking twist. 

This may be a short read, but don’t underestimate it. What happens over the course of the next 115 pages will sweep you up and leave you thinking “what just happened?”. 

I enjoyed the fast pace of this novel, urging you to turn another page and dive deeper into the story. It definitely has the shock factor and is one to add to your TBR if you enjoy a thriller. I look forward to seeing more from Nick Van Loy in the future! 

CW: Mental Health – depression, suicide. Homicide.


Insomnia by Nick Van Loy is a quick read and not just because it is a short book. It’s fast paced and interesting keeping you hooked until the very end. 

The writing is vivid and draws you into the storyline as you continually question what’s going to happen next. Which is pretty impressive for a such a short book. 

Based on insomnia the book also covers mental health topics in an engaging manner. I can’t say I fell in love with the characters but then they’re wasn’t much time to do so. But I didn’t not like them either. The story itself is told in the first person which adds a personal feel to it and makes you really consider how Seth is feeling.

 I’d definitely recommend this book if your interested in short fast paced thrillers. I’ll be posting more about this book including an author Q+A across the rest of the weekend so stay tuned for that!


I am so excited to be a part of this bookstagram tour with @cranthorpemillner and author @nick_vl_87! 

They graciously sent me a free copy of Insomnia (swipe for description) and I could not put this book down. I literally read this in a day. Now, it’s not as impressive as it sounds. This book is shorter than what I typically read; however, from the moment you start reading Insomnia, it sucks you in and doesn’t let go. I seriously wish this book was 100 pages longer because I WANT MORE. Hear me Nick? Okay. 😉

That’s why I’m so thrilled to be hosting this giveaway for all of you. If you win, you’ll be sent a free copy of Insomnia! 



This book contains details of abuse, drinking problems, murder, death, mental health, suicide, etc.

If a sensitive reader, this book is not suitable for you.

Remember to Wake Up!

Insomnia is a nail-biting, world twisting, sleepless read in which can be devoured in one sitting alone.

Throughout this entire book I was desperate to find out what exactly was going on. Nick Van Loy has a talent for building suspense and intrigue, forever keeping hold of his readers.

Once you begin, there’s no going back. You won’t sleep but yet you’re told to Wake Up…. maybe you’re already in too deep?

I was both in shock and in admiration at the end of this book. For such a small read, it certainly is jam-packed with everything! I couldn’t put it down!

I went through all the emotions in this book.

Seth, the main character seemed like one person until I saw another side to him. And now? I’m just like…. Woah. Is that the same person?

I have so many questions that just turn into absurd theories. (I’m a fantasy reader and a procrastinator… so yes… My thoughts will 100% be completely unbelievable) 😂

Overall, I highly recommend this book!! I couldn’t get enough of it!! I look forward to reading more of Van Loy’s work in the future as this book has set high standards! (no pressure, though!)


What a creepy vibe! This book should come with a warning that says ‘don’t fall asleep ‘ 

What the author has managed to do here is create a never ending nightmare (literally) that is fit for the horror screen. 

I enjoyed the most creepy parts, and felt like I was inside the main character’s head (which was a scary and unpleasant place to be) 

This is a great pallet clencher between the bigger books, but beware of the darkness. 

I would say its great for fans of kealan Patrick Berk and Andrew Cull. 

WAKE UP… before you read this!! 

Thank you so much for having me on the blog tour @cranthorpemillner @nick_vl_87 


Insomnia intrigued me the moment I first read the blurb. I love a good mystery, especially one with dark overtones, so I was beyond excited to give this book a read when I signed up for the tour. The story did not let me down one bit. It was… well it was weird. Every step of the way I tried to guess what was really going on (my guesses were always heading toward the protagonist being in a coma), but with every new chapter something unexpected happened!

The book is short at only 115 pages, but don’t let this fool you, it packs a lot in those pages! I read the whole thing in one sitting, completely glued to the pages. If you’re into exciting thrillers that hold you tight and make you question your grip on reality, then I recommend this book for you. You won’t be disappointed.

As much as I loved the story, I have to say I didn’t get on as well with the writing style. Seth, as a narrator, switched frequently between telling his story in past and present tense which threw me quite a lot, and at times the paragraphs felt long and disjointed like a stream of consciousness rather than a story. But, given that Insomnia is a psychological thriller written in first person, I’d say this was intentional; it definitely helped add to the atmosphere. It’s just a personal preference – it wasn’t for me.

If you want to give Insomnia a try for yourself, it releases on the 26th Jan!


When I first heard about this book, the premise really intrigued me. And this quick, suspenseful read did not disappoint! 

The story didn’t take the turn I was expecting and I was grateful for that! I really liked the commitment to the dark thematic ending. Although unexpected, it felt like a true, natural conclusion to the story. 

Overall, the writing gave me noir vibes and I’m a sucker for literary and musical references, so I enjoyed the sprinkling of those throughout.