I Do Not Sleep (2020)

I Do Not Sleep From bestselling author broadcaster journalist and Book Club champion Judy Finnigan comes an unputdownable and wonderfully moving story of the enduring power of a mother s love Do not stand at my gr
  • Title: I Do Not Sleep
  • Author: Judy Finnigan
  • ISBN: 9780316399593
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • From bestselling author, broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion Judy Finnigan comes an unputdownable and wonderfully moving story of the enduring power of a mother s love.Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20 year old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident His empty boat was found washed ashoFrom bestselling author, broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion Judy Finnigan comes an unputdownable and wonderfully moving story of the enduring power of a mother s love.Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20 year old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident His empty boat was found washed ashore on the rocks but his body was never found Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his death, unable to accept he is gone Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea things just don t add up and Molly cannot let it go Desperate for answers she turns to Joey s best friend, Ben, to go back to what really happened that day .
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    1. There is a rather haunting quality to this book that is partly to do with the setting of Cornwall and also because of a woman s grief at the disappearance of her son Joey when his wrecked boat was washed up on shore After five years of grieving that has virtually shut her husband and other son Danny out, her family decide enough is enough and convince Molly to return to Cornwall Needless to say, things don t work out exactly as the family hoped While I found the story readable I struggled to rel [...]

    2. I would like to thank Little, Brown Book Group UK for my copy of I Do Not Sleep by Judy Finnigan.As soon as I finished the last page I had to text my book buddyI had finished it with a huge lump in my throat, it brought tears to my eyes and I was really moved by this story.After reading Judy s first book Eloise, which I loved, I knew from this she had hidden talents from her TV work A great story teller, however, I wondered if her second book would live up to the high hopes I had for her.Welllet [...]

    3. It will take a long time for me to forgive book club members for making me read this book It is a supernatural tear jerker which entirely skipped any form of characterisation in favour of cloying, miserable plot and irritating finale Shite.

    4. Truly excellent, such a captivating must read book I was enthralled all the way through and just wanted to keep turning the pages Desperate to get the end but at the same time not wanting it to end This book was as good as her first and I really hope Judy Finnigan writes .

    5. I love the setting of this book any book set in Cornwall calls to me I know Judy Finnigan loves Cornwall and it shines through in her descriptions The cover is really lovely aswell so both of those things would draw me to pick this book up.Molly lost her 20 year old son in a sailing accident five years ago She is haunted by his death and has returned to look into what really happened She is desperate to ask his best friend Ben, what really happened on that day How did he die on such a calm sea, [...]

    6. I received a free digital copy from the author publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.Molly s son Joey went missing while on a solo sail five years ago Now, Molly is back in Cornwall, the last place her son was, for a family holiday as what remains of her family try and get back to normal But Molly can t let go of Joey and feels like until she finds his body, she can never be at peace She sets out to try and bring her son home.While this was an emotional and heartfelt read, I [...]

    7. I very much enjoyed Judy s first book Eloise and found this her second even better Molly lost her son Joey in a sailing accident in Cornwall five years before the start of the novel However she has never come to terms with her loss and returns to Cornwall with her family hoping to find out what really happened to Joey and get some form of closure and to come to terms with her grief.The book is well written with likeable and believable characters and a beautiful Cornish setting There are some sup [...]

    8. The story is narrated from the Mother s love and grief for her lost son She will not rest till she finds out the truth of what happened to him.This is a book which draws you in and, as I live in Cornwall and recognise the places in the story, it made it special.The book is well written with likeable and believable characters I read this book quickly and without spoiling it, it has a lovely, emotional ending with a feel good factor.

    9. Richard and Judy are two of our biggest champions of books in the UK, and I always look forward to their book club picks I remember when they released their first novels, I was intrigued as to whether they would be any good I received Richard Madeley s The Way You Look Tonight to review last year, and as you can see from that review, I was pleasantly surprised Having now finished Judy s second novel, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.Molly Gabriel and her family are returning to Cornwal [...]

    10. I really wanted to like this book, as I was a huge fan of Judy Finnegan sfirst novel Eloise But I Do Not Sleep, Finnegan s second novel, was a big disappointment in comparison I found it completely predictable, and nothing surprised me As with the last book I read, what should have been major, shocking revelations were just another part of the story I had worked out the shock ending before I was even halfway through the book I tired quickly of the endless chapters detailing, in depth, Molly s dr [...]

    11. Good story but a bit sad liked the way it all came together in the end and loved the descriptions of Cornwall.

    12. Fabulous story Haunting, quite scary in part, but full of human emotions readily recognisable in your own experiences I couldn t put this down.

    13. This was a very easy and pleasant read Each chapter was only about 10 pages or less, and the font was fairly big For a story about loss, the plot was fairly light, tone wise.Unlike other novels that tackle a grief stricken protagonist, Molly was very relatable She had her moments, but at the same time, I thought she was level headed about it Whenever she was being unreasonable , she would later contemplate her actions and the reactions of others She did not wallow in self pity and constantly fee [...]

    14. I found this book quite depressing but what should I expect when the story is about a mother who has lost her son Molly is not only grieving for her son but cannot find any closure to his death as he s just reported as missing as no body was found.Joeys boat was found battered washed up off the coast of Looe in Cornwall his disappearance is a mystery Five years later Molly her family come to back to Cornwall for a holiday but she is haunted by the event that took her son away she sets out to fin [...]

    15. Read my holiday book early so then started my wife s book It became a compelling read being based in my favourite Cornwall A tragic story for a parent with the ongoing consequences for the marriage Plenty of Cornish folklore giving images to the mother Then with the expected ending there was then a follow up surprise Judy mixes plenty of girly detail to embellish the story.At the end, I admit I found it quite a nice read which ended the holiday well.

    16. I Do Not Sleep is the second release from Judy Finnigan I really enjoyed her first book Eloise, it was haunting and atmospheric and not what I had expected and totally different from the books her husband Richard writes Their book club selections are always interesting and varied so I was intent on reading this second novel Again set in Cornwall I Do Not Sleep is a story of a mother s quest for answers She needs the truth in order to move on with her life as she is trapped reliving over and over [...]

    17. Sadly, very disappointed Struggled to get through it It read like a first novel by a first year literature student armed with a thesaurus I felt no empathy with the central character.

    18. Well written with the atmospheric backdrop of Cornwall Enjoyed it until the end when it all seemed a bit unreal, and much too happy an ending

    19. Call me a cynic, but I don t understand how this book achieved 4 5 star ratings I have heard of authors paying for such privileges but didn t believe it After reading this book, I could believe that it s true The central character, Molly, was a very selfish character Although I didn t count them, but I could easily believe that 70% of the sentences in this booked started with I It was I this, me that, I felt, my wouldn t Very, very tiring And half the plot line didn t even relate to the actual s [...]

    20. After reading Judy s first novel and loving it, I couldn t wait to get stuck into this novel I was not disappointed The images described of Cornwall are so vivid I can t wait to visit in person one day, particularly Polperro

    21. This was an awesome book.Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep.Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20 year old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident His empty boat was found washed ashore on the rocks but his body was never found Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his death, unable to accept he is gone Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea things just don t add up and Molly cannot let it go Desperate for answers she turns [...]

    22. I have to admit to initially having trouble getting used to the style of the author until, a few pages in, I had a kind of epiphany where the author describes a bend in a road as Broken Arm Corner and I was reminded of a lay by my parents named Dirty Nappy Lay By for obvious embarrassing reasons my brother, not me I hasten to add Thereafter, the book actually started to gel with me and from then I hardly put it down Funny what makes a book click for a reader Anyway, the story is sad, I won t den [...]

    23. This novel seems to have divided opinion, and however much I wanted to like it after being attracted by the book cover and the blurb, for me it was no than O.K I am fortunate in not experiencing the devastating grief suffered by Mollie and Alan with the loss of their student son in a sailing accident off the Cornish Coast I found it difficult to relate emotionally with Mollie, five years on, still seeking answers to Joe s final hours, when no body had been recovered Superficially at work she wa [...]

    24. I DO NOT SLEEP BY JULY FINNIGAN Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep.There is nothing powerful than a mother s love.Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her twenty year old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident His empty boat was washed ashore on the rocks, but his body was never found.Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to accept he is gone Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea things just don t add [...]

    25. Well the end was disappointing for me The plot of the book bordered on the mystical with the Charmers poor Len who got pneumonia because Molly wouldn t go to see him so he had to walk through the rain to see her , Molly hearing the voice of her dead son calling to her etc I understand that these kind of plots are based on the fact that while we can t prove that this kind of happenings exist we can t disprove it either and so we read This storyline however, was just too unbelievable in that when [...]

    26. I loved this story, it s powerful and makes you appreciate your loved ones I found the plot to be engaging and reasonably fast paced I loved the relationships between the different characters and thought they were all very realistic and well thought out However, despite loving the theme and vast majority of the book, I found the ending, particularly the last chapter a bit of a disappointment It seemed too sugar coated and the last line of the book made me feel as though it ended too suddenly I [...]

    27. This is the first book I have read by Judy Finnegan and I really wanted to love it but I am not sure if I would read another one The story is about Molly who s son Joey was lost at sea in a boating accident but, as his body was never found, she is struggling to find closure So she returns to Cornwall, where it happened, with Adam, her husband, and her son Danny and his family, even though she has reservations about it She struggles to accept Joeys death and seems to push all her family away exce [...]

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