From the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2017 Chris Bohjalian (P)2017 Random House Audio
"Bohjalian raises essential questions of identity and heredity, sexuality and desire, bringing the Ahlberg family conundrum into focus with a didn't-see-that-one-coming powerhouse ending." (Carol Haggas, Booklist)
"Bohjalian...never writes the same book twice.... His new novel is suspense with a twist." (Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal)
Just started listening to this anticipated story and am thoroughly disappointed in the narration. Very choppy and sharp, can't focus on the story. I never write reviews but had to on this one. Hope the story is worth it.
The story was compelling and the information about sleepwalking was definitely interesting. However, the narration was irritating. The narrator continually paused where no pause was needed or indicated and it detracted from the overall story.
This was a very interesting and different story from your usual murder/mystery. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series, but please get a new narrator. The reading is very choppy with hesitation in sentences where there shouldn't be any. The narrator is clearly not from New England and should have been coached on the proper way to pronounce clapboard, Storrow Drive, Copley Square and many other words. It was a distraction for me and I know I'm being picky, but I think people should hear the way things are pronounced where the story takes place. I hope it's not too long before the next book is out!
I just started this book today, and I am finding the narrator difficult to listen to. She pauses in odd places and it often sounds as if she is a computer, not a human, as if they have used auto-tune on her voice or something. I will update when I finish the book, or if I decide to give up on it.
incredibly difficult to listen to. 1 narrator was choppy, pausing all the time as if she just learned to read, the other had an annoying breathy voice, like she was struggling to speak. Good story line, though. Unfortunate performance.
Too bad! A good story practically ruined by the halting narration. The narrator pauses in a weird way, breaking up sentences and spoiling the flow of the writing.
I think I will read this book. I think the story line is interesting. But the narration of this audiobook really is terrible. I can't finish it.
The primary narrator is fine but the second narrator is awful. Her voice is high pitched and whiny. I feel like they could have found a better narrator randomly on the street.
The story is fine too. A little slow, but it does keep you tied in/wanting to discover the ending. It seems as though the author is desperately placing pop culture references in the story (Ally McBeal, Gameboy) to remind us that this story takes place in the 90's. I think it probably would have been better to read than listen.
I am a fan of Chris Bohjalian and will continue to seek out his novels, but struggled with this one as an audio book, turning my attention instead to my hardbound copy of the book. The main narrator's word emphasis drove me crazy -- not at all the way people speak when speaking naturally (e.g., emphasis on "said" in "He had said it was his day off"). This is the 2nd time I bought a book narrated by Cady McClain, and the 2nd time I've been consistently distracted by the unnatural word emphasis. Bohjalian is a skilled storyteller, and (for me) more effectively savored when read in hard copy.
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