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"This propulsive thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as old friends reunite to solve a mystery that implicates them all. Schultz raises questions of art and artifice, memory and trust, all while telling a page-turning, unputdownable story."

— Anna North, the New York Times bestselling author of Outlawed

Thomas & Mercer, January, 2023, 230 pages
ISBN-10 1662513488
ISBN-13 978-1662513480
  • TOP 100 KINDLE 

  • #1 in Women Sleuths

  • #1 in Psychological Fiction

  • #1 Women's Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense 

"Funny, sarcastic, and unavoidably tragic…Schultz’s handling of means, motive, and opportunity cements her, once again, as a dependable and bitingly clever writer.” BOOKLIST

"Schultz presents a haunting, grimly humorous psychological mystery... A fast-paced amateur-sleuth mystery full of flawed characters and their sinister secrets. Recommended for fans of Tarryn Fisher, Lisa Scottoline, and Colleen Hoover." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"There is a wonderful caustic darkness to Sleeping with Friends...Schultz has deftly captured the tensions and resentments of longtime friendships, revealed in shifts in tone and delicately snarky dialogue. It’s a subtly powerful approach, one of the highlights of a novel which questions the value of friendships, and the nature of relationships." TORONTO STAR 


"Memories Aren't Enough" Lithub

"Eight Novels About Memory" Electric Literature

"The Cinemania of Emily Schultz" Cinema Dirtbag


From the author of The Blondes comes a twisted, darkly humorous story about a woman’s attempted murder, her lost memories, and the old friends who try to put her back together―or finish her off for good.

When Mia Sinclair-Kroner wakes from a coma, all she can remember are the movies she’s known and loved. Her college friends quickly assemble for a weekend party, in an effort to help her remember. But with old friends come old wounds, and it soon becomes clear that Mia’s accident might not have been an accident at all.

Was it Agnes, driven by her unspoken resentments? Or Zoey, who covets everything Mia has? Have the years apart only fanned the extinguished flame between Ethan and Mia, compelling him to violence? Or did Victor, who moved away, return with an agenda? Or was it Martin, the wealthy husband, who put a country estate between Mia and her past?

As old tensions and new suspicions rise, these friends must wade through their film knowledge, shared history, and everything that’s kept them apart in order to figure out which one of them is trying to end things once and for all.


I spent much of my formative years in the movie theater. Movies became a dialect of sorts: favorite films formed a foundation on which to build the best of friendships, maligned movies could end a conversation. But they could also be code. If the friendships soured, those movie quips could become barbed, the character comparisons weaponized. For Mia Sinclair-Kroner, the protagonist of Emily Schultz’s Sleeping with Friends, the consequences were almost deadly.

All of Mia’s friends still loved her, even after she abandoned her hipster Brooklyn existence for a suburban marriage and monied life. At least she thought they did, until she woke up in a hospital after an unfortunate accident. She hoped it was an accident. Now, awake from her coma and assembled with her closest college friends, Mia communicates through familiar quotes and characters from the movies she’s long loved. Those movies ultimately hold the key to what really happened to Mia that night…and why someone wanted Mia dead.

With dark humor worthy of Agatha Christie and more twists than a martini, Sleeping with Friends has the wit of Knives Out and the interpersonal drama of Normal People—a whodunnit that managed to remind me that sometimes growing up is knowing when to break away.

—Jessica Tribble Wells, Editor

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