Parasomnia can make nights strange. But experimental drugs can make them even stranger. If you need a new thriller to keep you up at night, you’re gonna need Sleeper by MacKenzie Cadenhead – and we have the exclusive cover reveal!
Sarah Reyes suffers from REM sleep behavior disorder, a parasomnia that causes her to physically act out her dreams. After she almost snaps her friends neck at a sleepover, Sarah and her nocturnal habits are thrust into the spotlight and she becomes an outcast at school.
When an experimental drug promises nighttime normalcy, Sarah agrees to participate in the trial. At first, she seems to be cured. Then the side effects kick in. Why does a guy from her nightmare show up at school? Are the eerily similar dreams she’s sharing with her classmates coincidence or of her making? Is she losing her mind or does this drug offer way more than sleep?
“I am such a fan of the striking cover for Sleeper,” said Cadenhead. “It immediately invites you into the dream world that is integral to Sarah’s story, while making sure you know that said invitation is probably from the Big Bad Wolf. The way that art and text play off each other has been an important part of my work since my days editing comic books. When the first thing a reader sees says as much about your book as the blurb on the back, you bow down to the artist and thank the Art Department gods. And did I mention that the water looks like a Rorschach test? I mean, what else could a writer ask for?”
Sleeper releases on August 1 from Sourcebooks. Want to learn more? Take a peek at an excerpt of Sleeper below!
If you ever see a door hovering in the middle of a misty, gray fog, don’t open it.
In fact, no matter how adventurous you’re feeling, or how curious, or how baffled you are by that freestanding door floating in the void, promise me that you’ll run in the opposite direction.
In other words, don’t be an idiot like me.