The Sleepwalker

The Sleepwalker

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee's disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee's husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs' Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee's disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body? Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Vintage, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2678 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780385538923


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Mar 08, 2018

thank goodness I was so exasperated by the audiobook that I elected to power through by reading from about page 235 to the end for myself instead.
quite a contrast from the lovely narrator who enhanced rushdie's the golden house, this one almost caused me to quit before the denouement.
(had I read the hardback I could have whizzed past the slow bits in part 1.)
audiobook = .5 stars, last few chapters of the book = 2.25 stars.

Jan 04, 2018

A most compelling human interest story. Very well written and keeps your interest until the end.

Dec 26, 2017

Another well written book by Bojalian. Quite a few twists and turns. The ending surprised me, even though the author dropped hints along the way. A sad story with scant room for redemption. I had mixed feelings about the book, but if you like this author, you'll probably enjoy it.

Aug 29, 2017

Took too long to slog through, but I was not expecting the ending at all - almost worth the slog.

May 04, 2017

Fascinating and creepy, unpleasant and intriguing at the same time. It made me wonder if this is a real condition, because I would be frightened to know someone who has it.

May 02, 2017

Writer Bohjalian returns to a medical subject like his earlier ‘Midwives’ and builds a story of troubled family relationships caused by an unpredictable disease. Interesting subject matter. Not among my favorites from this author.

Apr 20, 2017

Story about about a sleepwalker who winds up missing and the efforts of her two daughters and a detective to find her. This story is about certain forms of somnambulism, one being the insatiable desire for sex while asleep and how it can be inherited - ( I know just a little bit hard to believe for a premise for a story). From there, secrets, forbidden desires and lies pervade the story. For me, the story has too many holes: too slow a pace, undeveloped secondary characters ( they seem like they were just added in as fillers with no real depth), and an ending that was hashed at it seems, at the last second to satisfy the reader. The one thing I can think of that it has in its favor is that it is well written. Other than that, I couldn't recommend; it was a waste of time (for me at least).

Apr 11, 2017

Captivating but shallow. I gave out stars because the captivation was akin to a summer beach read. Really? Three of the 5 main characters all had severe parasomnia? Not a literary novel I'd say.

Apr 06, 2017

This was not up to the standard I expect from Chris Bohjalian. I listened to the audio and if I had the book, I would have skipped parts. I found it boring and too long to get to the point of the story. The ending was an anti-climax. It could have been half the length that it was.
I hope his next novels are more exciting and in line with his previous works.

Mar 18, 2017

It was hard for me to get past the inappropriate relationship between the main character and the police detective.

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