The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – Book Review



Crime writer Joseph Knox’s work has been hailed as gritty as MacBride, as noir as Connelly, as well written as Rankin, yet rendered very much with his own voice.

‘A crime fiction masterpiece’ – Metro ‘Razor sharp’ – Lee Child

‘A powerhouse of noir’ – Val McDermid


These are thrillers set in the dark urban sprawl of a city in Northern England, an examination of the underbelly of society, those on the outside, some by design, others by misfortune. Detective Aidan Waits lurches through this landscape in search of answers, encountering trouble around each corner he turns.

As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits sits on an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die.Transferred from his usual night shift duties and onto protective custody, he has just one job…

To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before the notorious mass murderer passes away.

Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of The Sleepwalker.

But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness…

Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detec- tive Constable Naomi Black,Waits realises too late that a remorseless contract killer is at work.

Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before fleeing justice?



Martin Wick jailed for killing the Moore family, is dying of lung cancer. DC Aiden Waits, along with DS Peter (Sutty) Sutclife are babysitting him on the hope of a death bed confession, where is Lizzie Moore’s body?

But, one night, the armed officer guarding the room has his throat cut, a Molotov cocktail is thrown into Wick’s room, killing him and seriously injuring Sutty…..where was Aiden? Chasing a soap sucking junkie with a tattooed face that’s where…..why was she there? 

This is one of the most incredibly well plotted thrillers I’ve ever read !!!

Aiden is a troubled man to say the least, ex-drug addict, depressed and suicidal….with enemies everywhere, including the successful ‘businessman‘ Zain Carver, senior police officers and a firearms officer…to name a few..

There’s murder, blackmail, violence and many many suspects in this dark and gritty tale, but it flows brilliantly into a twisty thriller that tears along at breakneck speed from the start to the nerve wracking ending… absolutely stunning read, by that I mean I am left truly stunned and I’m going to have to read it again……amazing writing by by Joseph Knox…..I loved every minute….

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.


you can buy a copy here




Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crime thrillers and classics for focus attention across the company.


Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively.


His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.


Joseph is available for events and interviews – for further information and review copies, please contact Alison Barrow | 020 8231 6654


9 responses to “The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – Book Review”

  1. Wow! I love crime thrillers! Great review thank you for sharing.

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  2. Wow sounds so good. Great review Lesley

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  3. This sounds like a great read with plenty of twists and turns to keep it exciting!

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    1. It really is….💕


  4. THanks so much for this blog tour support Lesley x

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  5. Great review Lesĺey!!

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