Sleepyhead is the first in the Tom Thorne series of books. Written in 2001, it has been sitting on my Kindle since 2014. When I first bought it, I picked it up quite quickly. Then put it down again because all I could picture in my head was David Morrissey, who plays Thorne in the TV show.
Four years on, I didn’t do much better with that I have to say, which says something about the TV show’s impact on me I guess. Thankfully, I couldn’t remember too much of the plot, which meant it was still a new story for me, well mostly because I remembered the basic premise.
In Sleepyhead, someone with medical training (maybe even a doctor) is attacking young women, pinching a particular nerve to cause a stroke. He doesn’t want to kill them, though, but rather cause locked-in syndrome, where the women are completely aware of what is going on but can’t move, or speak, but are rather trapped in their own bodies.