A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Next List Pick for January 2017
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.
“The Sleepwalker is more than a mystery: it’s a beautiful, wrenching novel of family secrets and the enigmas that link husbands and wives and lovers. And then that ending? Devastating and perfect.”
Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling authorThe Sleepwalker is Bohjalian at his best: a creepily compelling topic and an illusionist’s skill at tightening the tension. This is a novel worth losing sleep over.USA TodayAfter a chronic sleepwalker goes missing, the general consensus is accidental death. But nothing is what it seems in this gripping mystery.CosmopolitanSex, secrets and the mysteries of sleep: These are the provocative ingredients in Chris Bohjalian’s spooky thriller The Sleepwalker. It’s a dark, Hitchcockian novel… Trust me, you will not be able to stop thinking about it days after you finish reading this book.The Washington Post The kind of mystery that builds to a startling climax, the kind that makes the reader wonder how such a trick was pulled off...Bohjalian does a masterful job.Clea Simon, the Boston Globe A perfectly crafted surprise ending… Bohjalian succeeds in making us accomplices in a dark world we never knew existed.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sleepwalking inspires a hard-to-put-down story that also mixes sex and a mystery in a polished package… Bohjalian is on top of his already stellar game with The Sleepwalker.St. Louis Post-DispatchBohjalian savors the experience of getting behind his characters’ masks, deep into their psyches… The Sleepwalker is one of his most skillfully plotted… Masterful… an increasingly gripping tale layered with grave moral dilemmas.The Portland Press Herald"It takes unexpected answers to solve this mystery. Bohjalian’s latest will captivate readers who crave an edge-of-your-seat page-turner they can’t put down.
Library Journal (starred review)This stylish fusion of mystery and domestic thriller from Bohjalian explores the aftermath of the inexplicable disappearance of a woman prone to sleepwalking... Powered by brilliantly rendered characters, an intriguing topic (parasomnia), and a darkly lyrical narrative that captures the melancholic tone of autumn in New England perfectly.Publishers Weekly
Grace Experience is an actor and audiobook narrator. She studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has performed onstage in New York and New England.
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- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
- ISBN-13: 9780553399639