The Sleepwalker

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 mFrom 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 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

  • Title: The Sleepwalker
  • Author: Chris Bohjalian
  • ISBN: 9780385538916
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Sleepwalker”

    1. I was soooo bored!!!! This now makes two books of Chris's I just didn't care for. both for different reasons, though. I was't a fan of "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands", either. I'm feeling 'less' bad about giving Chris a low review than the first time I did. I'll survive--- and he'll survive. I like 'plenty' of Chris's books and I like CHRIS! Anybody who has met him ( 3 times for me), will vouch to how terrific 'he' is!!! .but this book wasn't doing it for me! I enjoyed "The Double Bind", "The Sand [...]

    2. My reviews can also be seen at: deesradreadsandreviews.wordprr·a·som·ni·anoun: parasomnia; noun: para-somniaa disorder characterized by abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep.Parasomnias are a category of sleep disorders that involve abnormal movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, and dreams that occur while falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages, or during arousal from sleep.I really enjoyed Chris Bohjalian's last book "The Guest Room" and I was very e [...]

    3. 3.5 A woman, a mother goes missing, her two daughters, her husband have no idea what has happened to her, but she is a sleepwalker. A woman who has many times gotten up in the night, done strange things, had been in dangerous situations before. All fear the worst.So we enter into the world of the sleepwalker, a world I knew absolutely nothing about. Have never sleepwalked nor has anyone close to me, so this was all new. I was shocked, the different forms, the types of sleepwalking are so extensi [...]

    4. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 starsWell that was a mind-blowing and unsettling read that all came together in the end to make me think…h, that was actually a really good book!So not knowing exactly what parasomnia means or entails I looked it up and gathered this information from the web. What is parasomnia?Par·a·som·ni·a  Definition:  A disorder characterized by abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep.Parasomnias are a category of sleep disorders that involve abnorma [...]

    5. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian is a 2017 Doubleday publication. This book caught my eye when it started to crop up on my feed. So, I made a request for my Overdrive library to buy a copy of the book and would like to thank them for adding it. Touted as a suspenseful thriller, ‘The Sleepwalker’ delves into the murky world of sleep disorders. What happens when someone walks in their sleep? Could they engage is risky behavior? Could they harm someone or themselves? That is what is on the m [...]

    6. Annalee Ahlberg had always been afflicted with sleepwalking. Her sleepwalking activities produced events where she would leave her home and be rescued by family members. Afterwards, Annalee would have no recollection of her night-time activity. Her daughters, Lianna and Paige Ahlberg, thought that their mother’s condition was under control. One morning they awake to find that she is missing from the family home. Lianna takes a break from her college studies to help run the family household dur [...]

    7. 3.5 starsYou never know what you're going to get with a Chris Bohjalian novel. To date, he has written nineteen of them and every single one is its own unique experience. With The Sleepwalker, his initial thoughts were to write a story about dreams but when he met with the director of a sleep center as part of his research, sleepwalking came up and Mr. Bohjalian was so fascinated with this topic that he incorporated this element instead. I learned so, so much about the subject of parasomnia. I c [...]

    8. To see this review with GIFs and all of my other reviews, visit Lit.Wit.Wine.DineAfter reading and enjoying The Guest Room, I was excited to begin reading The Sleepwalker. The disappearance of a woman who sleepwalks is certainly an original concept. I’ve read stories of people who do some pretty outrageous things in their sleep; from making sandwiches to killing a spouse. (Honest, officer, I dreamt I was wrestling a deer!) But nothing could have prepared me for Annalee’s particular brand of [...]

    9. About halfway through this book I didn't think I was going to like it at all. For the first part, the story was kind of bizarre and repetitive. I kept thinking," okay, I get it, we have talked about this plot point several times." But, a little over halfway through the book it goes into part two. From that point through the climax, the story was much more engaging for me.I think that people that enjoy mysteries will enjoy this, even if it takes getting through the beginning. I have talked to at [...]

    10. 3.5 starsAnnalee Ahlberg is an architect who lives in Vermont with her husband, Warren, and two daughters, Lianna and Paige. Annalee is also a sleepwalker. While slumbering Annalee has done things like spray- painting hydrangeas with silver paint - almost killing them; and climbing onto the bridge over the Gale River, stark naked. After Annalee was rescued from the bridge by her daughter Lianna, the somnambulist attended a sleep clinic for an extended time and got appropriate medication.Annalee' [...]

    11. *3.5 stars. As you might imagine, the plot of Chris Bohjalian's new novel centers around the sleep disorder parasomnia, more commonly known as sleepwalking. Set in Vermont in the year 2000, a mother disappears on a summer night while her two daughters are sleeping and her husband is away on a trip. Annalee Ahlberg has been known to sleepwalk in the past when her husband is not with her and so it is assumed that that is what has happened in this instance and a search party is organized to try to [...]

    12. I've pretty much decided that Chris Bohjalian could write about the making of a jet engine and make it interesting enough for me to come back for more. Here he gives us a lesson in sleepwalking and other sleep disorders. Some I already knew about; some I did not, such as how sleepwalking can be passed down from one generation to the next.And there he goes again with his female points of view, always done so well. It really is remarkable.Annalee, a mother of two girls, has gone missing during a n [...]

    13. A sleepwalker goes missing. Mother, wife, friend, architect, a strong woman up and vanishes. Along with the local authorities, and a sleep clinic, her husband and children are left to to solve her disappearance. This gives way to their actions, their thoughts and their doubts as they carry on without her. What has happened to Annalee? Typical brilliant Bohjalian novel - he leads you to surmise one outcome and then surprises you with a twist - a totally different conclusion. The binding thread be [...]

    14. Master storyteller, Chris Bohjalian returns followingThe Guest Roomlanding on myTop Books of 2016with an intriguing tale of the mysterious world of parasomnia and dark family secrets. Recommend reading the novella, The Premonition, a prequel to THE SLEEPWALKER.“I am terrified by this dark thing that sleeps in me.” – Sylvia Plath Set in Vermont,a young mother sleepwalks and performs complex behaviors. Now she has gone missing. Annalee is a sleepwalker. A condition, or a state, a sleep behav [...]

    15. If I were judging "The Sleepwalker" entirely on its writing this would be a five star review. Chris Bohjalian is a wordsmith of the highest order. His prose is achingly beautiful. He's one of those writers who clearly treasures language and has that innate gift so few writer's seem to possess these days that allows him to almost write songs with his book, the writing is that musical and the rhythm of his sentences that powerful. If I were judging "The Sleepwalker" entirely on its characters this [...]

    16. 3-1/2 stars As you might expect, I learned a lot about sleepwalking reading this book. This author has done his research and it shows. I was amazed to learn what a person can do while sleeping and it made for a very interesting and unique storyline. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the disappearance of Annalee, the sleepwalker. The story is told from the perspective of Annalee's daughter interspersed with mysterious diary entries. I found this to be an intriguing way to move the story along [...]

    17. I have only read one other Chris Bohjalian book, and that was The Guest Room, where he took the oddest approach of something as serious as sex trafficking. I liked the writing style though, and with such a large fan base, I was willing to give him another go, but I think The Sleepwalker is where we part ways.Now, some of you know that I love unlikable characters. There is so much to be done with them whether it be their own redemption, their undoing, what they teach me about myself when an autho [...]

    18. I marvel at how prolific a writer Bohjalian is despite the fact that he writes so many different genre of fiction. Just in the past few years I've read historical fiction, social justice fiction and even YA. Now a tight thrilling mystery. What all these have in common is excellent storytelling. I know when I pick up a book of his, I will want to clear my schedule because he'll hook me into his story and never let me go.This mystery centers around the disappearance of a woman who has a history of [...]

    19. I have a love/hate relationship with Chris Bohjalian. I either love his novels or I just don't get them. This one was a bit in the middle for me. I liked it but I didn't love it. I loved the concept of the novel - the description sounded fascinating. My primary issues with the novel are two-fold. One thing is the pacing of the novel overall. It felt like a slow burn it unfolded very quietly. Which isn't always a bad thing but it didn't work for me in this novel. In some ways, it almost felt lik [...]

    20. angelerin/2016/12Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Sleepwalker By: Chris Bohjalian in exchange for an honest review. Short Review Summary: A compelling mystery with a great ending!The Sleepwalker is my first read by Chris Bohjalian and I'll definitely be reading more of his books! I loved this novel and the fantastic twists and turns. I did not guess the ending right away which is always a plus! By the time I had it all figured out it was starting to be revealed to th [...]

    21. I have read a number of books by Chris Bohjalian. His novels normally focus on a specific and compelling issue. In The Sleepwalker, Chris delves into the world of the sleep disorder parasomnia, particularly sexsomnia. This was a good character-driven story with the bonus of a unique learning experience. Annalee, wife and mother of Lianna and Paige is a sleepwalker who also has sexsomnia, searching for sex in her sleep even wandering from her own bed when her husband Gavin is traveling. When she [...]

    22. Thanks to my friends for introducing me to Chris Bohjalian. His unique writing is bewitching and had me longing to read THE SLEEPWALKER. It was definitely worth the wait.The Ahlberg family could have easily been my neighbours, Annalee - beautiful wife, mother, architect, Warren - handsome husband, father, university professor, two daughters - Lianna and Paige.

    23. Another captivating read from Chris Bohjalian!He is a master at creating a fascinating mystery using subject matter not commonly utilized.

    24. "It was like a dream, but it was real"Chris Bohjalian is a truly talented author. I love his beautiful and sensual writing style, his portrayal of the characters and his unusual and unsettling stories.The story revolves around the disappearance of a woman who has Parasomnia (a sleep disorder), leaving her husband and two daughters to deal with the aftermath, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together amid their grief and confusion . The story has an unexpected and shocking conclusion."And s [...]

    25. I always look forward to a new book from Chris Bohjalian because I know that I am going to get a real reading experience and The Sleepwalker was another fantastic book by this author. It's a fantastic story full of twists and turns that will keep you turning pages to get to the end while, at the same time, you are savoring the story and hoping that it won't end. Once I started, I couldn't put it down and I am sure that I'll be sleepwalking through my day today because I was up most of the night [...]

    26. I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Annalee goes missing one night. Leaving behind a ripped piece of her sleep shirt behind. Annalee is a sleepwalker (who also engages in sleep sex) and she tends to only leave the house when her huband is not around. When she goes missing, searches comb the woods by her home but most fear she may have walked, or fallen, into the Gale river.Lianna, her oldest daughter is questioned by a Gavin, a police officer. A [...]

    27. When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing in the night, her daughters Lianna, 21, and Paige, 12, fear the worst. Their mother is a sleepwalker, and not only does she do bizarre things while in this state, she has put herself in danger.But Annalee hasn’t had an episode in years, and she has had treatment at the sleep clinic. However, the usual set-up for her disturbance is present: her husband, Warren, an English professor, is away. In the past she has only taken her nightly excursions when he is gone. [...]

    28. 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 abo [...]

    29. Well, I read every word. Bohjalian has written some good novels. IMHO, this was not one of them. It's not the writing. Maybe a combination of the subject matter with these parcel of characters.I didn't become embedded. Not to worry about the Nordic queen mother nor to even dither of interest to fall for the "stranger" father for the youngest daughter because of the raven black hair ruse. (Mentioned a couple of dozen times, at least.) Nor did I have or feel that I received any depth of informatio [...]

    30. Chris Bohjalian is a disappointment. It is my second book of his, and I find him mostly boring. It is especially funny when I find him trying to be mind blowing. The effort made me smile a couple of times, but the main conclusion is that I will refrain from his books in the future.Bohjalian tries to spice his books with the topic sex as much as possible, it happened in The Guest Room and it happens here. In both cases, it is failing to bring much interest to the book. A mother goes missing, no o [...]

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