The Sleepwalker

The Sleepwalker

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. 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. Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, this is a masterful novel from the bestselling author of "The Guest Room."
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385681988
Characteristics: 284 pages ;,24 cm.

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pjhsea
Feb 27, 2019

Great book. An easy read but it is written well and the ending sure has a twist!

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INVS
Feb 01, 2019

Now here is the CB I known from previous books - really enjoyed this read. I actually had a hard time putting this down because I thought I knew (dreaded I knew) where he was going. Once again he packs interesting facts into the novel form & one doesn't realize it's entirely new territory. Who would have guessed at this behavior, I'd never realized the stages, depths or kinds of sleepwalking. I'd have been so freaked out to experienced this.

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LeJitt
Oct 14, 2018

Everything I've come to expect from Chris Bohjalian's absorbing style of fiction is deliciously served up in this recent offering (2017). Humour, sarcasm, mystery and intrigue are but a few of the elements I love most about this contemporary master storyteller. I'd previously enjoyed about a half-dozen of his novels, including 'Midwives', 'The Law of Similars' and 'Trans-sister Radio' (a lame pun but an excellent piece of work), and in my estimation he has consistently created some of the most lovable and entertaining protagonists in modern fiction. Previous comments notwithstanding, I found this one every bit as delightful and enduring as his earlier works and right up there among his best. Some have claimed it's too lengthy, others say it's full of holes, shallow or weak on character development. I'm compelled to offset such criticism with my own humble opinion: I could easily have devoured another 100 pages of elaboration on the ups, downs, twists and turns of Lianna Ahlberg and family. A well-crafted, enriching mystery centred on the esoteric subject of parasomnia.

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kufsnmace
Aug 23, 2018

Enjoyed this immensely! Strange things happen when you sleepwalk. Never thought it would be possible.

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midori_hon
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.

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0007548100dmw
Jan 04, 2018

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

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deepgreenbooks
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.

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LizzieCent
Aug 29, 2017

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

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s390325
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.

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EmilyEm
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.

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