Review: When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Release Date: March 22, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 360
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.

Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.

Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.


Review:  I was blown away by the storyline developed by authors Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. When All the World Sleeps features a gay man named Daniel who does things in his sleep that he doesn’t remember.

Having served time in prison for a murder he doesn’t remember committing, Daniel is scrambling to find a way to control his sleeping side. With a strong undercurrent of BDSM, this is a powerful story about a local cop named Joe Belman who reaches out to Daniel. As Bel tries to give Daniel some peace, he finds himself thrust into the spotlight.

I found this to be a powerful story that provided a look deep into a world often fraught with hatred and prejudice where love managed to thrive. When Daniel’s demons start raring their heads, Bel has to decide whether to stay or go.

For the unusual storyline and the fantastic job the authors did with character development, I give this story a top rating. This is a high octane emotional read that probably isn’t for the faint of heart. The steps Daniel takes to maintain control are brutally depicted. That’s what is needed, though, to make this story unforgettable.