His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate . . .
Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel; she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. Its called Locked-In Syndrome. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake.
Then D.I. Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth; it isnt Alison who is the mistake, its the three women already dead. An appropriate margin of error is how their killer dismisses them, and Thorne knows they are unlikely to be the last. For the killer is smart, and hes getting his kicks out of toying with Thorne as much as he is pursuing his sick fantasy . . .
Thorne knows immediately hes not going to catch the killer with procedure. But with little more than gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to damn his chief suspect, anaesthetist Jeremy Bishop, his pursuit of him is soon bordering on the unprofessional. Especially considering his involvement with Anne Coburn, Alisons doctor and Jeremys close friend .
Thorne must find a man whose agenda is terrifyingly unique, and Alison, the
one person who holds the key to the killers identity, is unable to tell
anybody. . .
It was published in the UK by Little, Brown in August 2001. It entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller list and became the biggest selling debut novel of that Summer.
Sleepyhead is published in the US by William Morrow.