Both books—Sleeping and Monday, Monday—are dark and gripping, but one also provides comic relief, reports CBC.

There is a gun at the centre of two very different, but powerful, novels.

In Nino Ricci’s novel Sleep, you are waiting for that gun to go off from the moment the main, incredibly unlikable, character finds it. In Elizabeth Crook’s Monday, Monday, the gun goes off in the first pages, leaving the main, much more likable, character emotionally and physically scarred.