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Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.

There is nothing more 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 up and Molly cannot let it go. Desperate for answers, she turns to Joey’s best friend, Ben, to try and find out what really happened that day…

Intensely emotional and relentlessly suspenseful, I Do Not Sleep is the latest bestseller from broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.


‘A moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendship.’ Sunday Express
‘Romantic and rain-lashed. . . a stirring and intriguing read’ Louise Candlish
‘Atmospheric, creepy and original’ Sun
‘Highly readable and incredibly moving’ Dorothy Koomson


A moving story of grief, loss and a mother's unbreakable bond with her child
Woman & Home
This haunting story of love, loss and family life will draw you in and keep you reading to the last page
Daily Express
The emotional ending had us in tears
A story of love, loss and motherhood . . . perfect summer reading
The Times
This is a haunting tale of mother's enduring love, with echoes of Daphne du Maurier.
...always heartfelt...this mystical story has a moving message
Sunday Express
Judy Finnigan's Cornwall has echoes of du Marurier... (and) is as much a homage to her adopted home of Cornwall as it is a tale of the imponderable - a mother's grief for her lost son... A cracking read
Irish Independent
There's plenty of emotion in this story... Set in Cornwall, there is melodrama and mysticism and a strong sense of place.
Sunday Mirror
With her second novel, TV presenter and book club founder Judy Finnigan deserves to be taken seriously as a writer. I DO NOT SLEEP is a tense atmospheric story about a mother who refuses to accept her son is dead
Good Housekeeping
Full of love, spirituality and redemption, which manages to be both melancholy and feel-good at the same time
Daily Mail