Being that I enjoyed THE LITTLE SLEEP so much, I was excited to see the next in the series was available from NetGalley. I clicked on that request tout sweet and here we are.
NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND continues the story of Mark Genevich, P.I. and narcoleptic. With his dark, dry and wry sense of humor, I can’t help but feel sorry for the man. This time around Mark is hired by a man to follow his woman to see if she’s cheating on him. It’s all over pretty quickly when Mark discovers that she’s clean as a whistle. Then, somehow, Mark is caught up with a new best friend, (sort of), he’s pulling people out of burning homes, (kind of), and of course, he’s falling asleep and hallucinating and can’t tell what’s real. That’s just another day in the life of Mark Genevich.
I admit to still being fascinated by narcolepsy, which involves a lot more than falling asleep all the time. However, this being the second book now, I feel like I’m being hammered over the head with repeats of the different ways the situation affects Mark. I’m sad to say that Mark’s self-deprecating humor about his situation is also getting tired for me. I like the guy, but enough already.
Lastly, I’m having a hard time finding the whole thing believable, to be honest. In this book, Ellen, (Mark’s mom), is requiring him to go to therapy if he wants her to keep his office open. Let’s face it, a detective that falls asleep all the time-how successful is he going to be? Mark smokes, he drinks and he’s not supposed to drive. It costs money for cigarettes, liquor and Ubers or cabs. Is his mom paying for all that too?
Setting those particulars aside, there was a big reveal here that took my legs out from under me, and there were a few very tense scenes as well. I learned a bit about Cataplexy in this book and now that’s like my number one new fear. Imagine being awake and cogent, but unable to move or speak. (So yeah, now you can be afraid of it too.)
The mystery here ebbed and flowed, but it just didn’t get under my skin like the first book did. I still like Mark, but he has to take some control of his life. Otherwise, he’s getting kind of boring. I wish I could report this book was just as good as the first, but I don’t feel like it was. However, I remain eager to continue with the series in the hopes that Mark cleans up his act in the future and maybe comes up with a little bit of new material.
Thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!