I really enjoyed this book. Stayed up late to finish it because it was bothering me not knowing how it would end! The plot twist caught me by surprise. When the mother of the family goes missing one night, her family fears that she drowned while sleepwalking, which she is known to do when her husband is away. Her family lives in limbo for many weeks not knowing what happened to her. Meanwhile, her oldest daughter stays home from her senior year of college to care for her younger sister and find out what she can about her mother's past. Great read.
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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.
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Bohjalian writing is s...
Bohjalian writing is so effortless to read. In this novel, I love the way prior to each chapter there's a diary entry, but we don't know whose. This is a mystery unlike others I've read. Parasomnia was a new term for me and I am so glad not to have it in my family!
This was/is, once agai...
This was/is, once again, one of my favorite Chris Bohjalian's books. It is a wonderful mystery that kept me guessing all the way through.I loved the beginning of each chapter in a Double Bindish sort of way to give you possible insight or clues to the mystery. I would like to think that I am very good at solving these mysteries, however, the reality is, I don't want to solve them. I want to be taken for a ride through the book and have the inner story revealed as the author has intended. Chris never disappoints in this area!I took as long as I could to read this book. I was forcing myself to slow down, it was coming to the end that I did not want to face. I wanted to know, but I didn't want the story to continue. My thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with this advance readers copy.
This was my first Bohj...
This was my first Bohjalian book and man I have been missing out. Such a tale he weaved. It had me guessing and changing my views throughout. I did figure out who did it 3/4 of the way through but not the how. That was saved until the end. I will definitely be reading more of his books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 big ones!!
Annalee Ahlberg walks ...
Annalee Ahlberg walks in her sleep and one night she leaves her bed and disappears. Once her daughter, Lianna, found her mother asleep, naked and ready to jump into the river so it's feared that Annalee has done this again and drowned. As the search for Annalee continues, Lianna is drawn to Det. Gavin Rickert who is investigating the disappearance. But it unsettles her to learn how much Det. Rickert knows about her mother. This is much more than a mystery. It's an in depth character study about a sleepwalker and the effect of her parasomnia on her loved ones. The author does a beautiful job of fleshing out the older daughter, Lianna, and her little sister, Paige. Although the book is being advertised as a thriller, it's a slow paced book and quite a deep one. I had a few sleepwalking episodes myself many years ago and know how frightening it can be. Mr. Bohjalian has created a book that allows you to live in the midst of a family dealing with all the guilt, fear and anxiety that parasomnia can cause. He's a master story teller and never disappoints. And the ending? The ending completely tore my heart apart. This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Recommended.
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