A Sleepless Summer (UK edition)

By Bram Dehouck

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Seasons come and go in provincial Blaashoek, where the town’s superficial harmony is upended by the arrival of a wind park—a blessing for some, a curse for others. The irritating hum of the turbines keeps butcher Herman Bracke, known far and wide for his delicious ‘summer paté’, awake at night. He falls prey to a deadly fatigue and gradually loses control over his work, setting off a series of blood-curdling events, with fatal consequences for the townspeople. Life in Blaashoek…
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Jonathan Reeder



Original Title

Een zomer zonder slaap

Year of publication



'Grimly enjoyable.'—Sunday Times Crime Club Newsletter

Winner of the Golden Noose

About the author

Bram Dehouck

Bram Dehouck (Belgium) was the first author ever to win both the Golden Noose and the Shadow Award for the same novel: De Minzame Moordenaar (The Affable Murderer). A Sleepless Summer, his second novel, was awarded the 2012 Golden Noose and the 2011 Knack Hercule Poirot Public Prize, and was nominated for the Crimezone Best Thriller Award. Photo: © Charlie de Keersmaecker

Book Club Questions

Book Club Questions

  1. Was there anyone you were rooting for? If so, what made them stand out?
  2. Was there a character who reminded you of somebody you know? Could you imagine them giving in to murderous impulses so easily?
  3. Of all the killers, is there anyone with a more convincingly redeeming character trait?
  4. Is anyone innocent in Blaashoek? Is anyone to be blamed more than the rest?
  5. Is there any justice to who got killed and who escaped the violence?
  6. Did Walter deserve to be spared, perhaps because he was at peace with the change in the village (i.e. the windmills)?
  7. What would you do if you were Walter, returning from that final bike ride?
  8. Are there any positive elements to Blaashoek, or is anything good just a facade?
  9. Did you find the village dynamics recognizable? Which specific aspects made it so?
  10. Did you see the ending coming? Did you think the butcher’s murder would be the novel’s most violent event when you had just finished reading that scene?
  11. Did you like the fast pace combined with the vivid and grotesque imagery?
  12. Did the book more often make you laugh or shudder?
  13. What kind of feeling were you left with after closing the book?
  14. Would you like to read more by Bram Dehouck, or perhaps other books of this style?