The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

58%

5 Critic Reviews

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 (red maples in their “death throes”), this novel has only one weak point—its highly improbable conclusion, which may leave readers unsatisfied.
-Publishers Weekly

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Published January 10, 2017 by Doubleday. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Jan 29 2017
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Critic reviews for The Sleepwalker
All: 5 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 19 2016

The first two-thirds of the book are spent wondering whether Annalee is missing or dead. Once we find out, the pace picks up, but the only reason the ending is a surprise is because most of the clues seeded in the first two-thirds prove to be red herrings. Sensational subject matter aside, this thriller is a sleeper.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Nov 11 2016

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 (red maples in their “death throes”), this novel has only one weak point—its highly improbable conclusion, which may leave readers unsatisfied.

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The Maine Edge

Good
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Jan 11 2017

“The Sleepwalker” is an engaging and eminently readable book. In the midst of its compelling mystery, Bohjalian introduces big questions about the nature of family, about heredity and sexuality and rationality. Its ever-quickening pace leads to fascinating reveals - and while you might see some of them coming, you won’t see them all.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Patty Rhule on Jan 10 2017

The 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.

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Journal Sentinel

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Patten on Jan 06 2017

The story moves swiftly, with only a couple of wrinkles that challenge our willingness to believe this fiction.

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