Sleep When You're Dead

A Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2014
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Author Biography

Chris Hollenback grew up in Green Bay dreaming of working for the Green Bay Packers, and he fulfilled that dream. Not as the bruising linebacker he envisioned, but as a scrawny PR rep. Still, he has recovered to contribute to ESPN The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, Modern Drummer, the Wisconsin State Journal, and to publish his debut thriller, Sleep When You're Dead (Beaufort Books, TitleTown Publishing). The sequel, Thread The Needle, is in production. Chris is also working on a children's chapter book.

The documentary film for which Hollenback the story consultant, Scouts Honor (directed by Mac Smith), has won the audience award at the Twin Cities Film Festival, the award for best documentary at the Austin Indy Flix Showcase, and the best documentary award at the Fly Film Festival.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Women are disappearing and strange, lifelike statues are appearing in prominent places. It doesn’t take long for people to realise that these statues are so lifelike because they are the bodies of the missing women, immortalised forever. Sleep When You’re Dead by Chris Hollenback tells the story of narcoleptic sports journalist Casey Thread, who is interviewing a star footballer for Green Bay. Somewhere along the line, a woman he is friendly with disappears and he teams up with her best friend Nell, a make-up saleslady, to try to find her. Nothing is as it seems, though. Nell isn’t who she says she is, the star footballer has a dirty secret to hide, and it soon becomes clear that there is more than one story at play here. When Nell and Casey discover the identity of the murderer, Casey’s sister’s life is at stake and it becomes a race to the death to save her, and other women, from becoming another statue in the murderer’s hall of fame.

Sleep When You’re Dead by Chris Hollenback is a gripping story, full of twists and turns that kept my eyes glued to the page. It has a few comical moments mixed in to lighten the mood a little, but this is thriller writing at its best. Sleep When You’re Dead is a guaranteed page-turner – I couldn’t put it down and the story has been left open for a sequel. It has all the ingredients for a bestseller and could definitely be turned into a box office smash hit. I would love to read more from Chris Hollenback.

Katherine Perreth

Chris Hollenback, welcome to the published world! Cannot wait for more page-turning thrillers featuring sleep-deprived Casey Thread, the FBI, and, it goes without saying, Casey's irascible mother.