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The Sleepwalker (Signed Book)

The Sleepwalker (Signed Book)

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by Chris Bohjalian

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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


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.

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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

“Bohjalian... never writes the same book twice... His new novel is suspense with a twist. Hint: a sleepwalking heroine seems to figure in the shivery plot.”
Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Library Journal
Bohjalian, who never writes the same book twice, here offers suspense with a twist. Says Harlan Coben, it's "more than a mystery: it's a beautiful, wrenching novel of family secrets."

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Doubleday Publishing
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Signed Edition
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6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of eighteen books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers).

Brief Biography

Lincoln, Vermont
Date of Birth:
August 12, 1961
Place of Birth:
White Plains, New York
Amherst College

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The Sleepwalker (Signed Book) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
feather_lashes 3 days ago
You 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 can see why the author himself became so enthralled by it! However, the overall mystery of The Sleepwalker kinda puttered along with moments of intriguing suspicion until the big reveal at the very end...and then the other big reveal at the very, very end. You have to wait for it. The ending had my jaw dropping for sure but I can't say that it had me overlooking the lengthy-feeling journey there. It did warrant an additional 1/2 star from me, bumping up my rating from a 3 to a rounded-up 4 but that's about it. After having the full experience, I would recommend The Sleepwalker to fans of mysteries and definitely to fans of Chris Bohjalian. Check it out! My favorite quote: “Sometimes I’m not sure which hits us harder,” he said, his voice growing wistful, “that relief when we wake up from a nightmare and realize it was just a dream, or the sadness when we wake up from a good dream—a really good dream—and realize that nothing was real.” “And then there are moments like this: you’re wide awake and wish you weren’t. You wish it was just a dream.”
literarymadness 4 days ago
I have heard about sleepwalking before, but not in this way. This is novel can seem slow, but it's steady and engaging. The story is rich with feeling, the poignant sense of despair, and the mind numbing reality of tragedy. Having experienced seeming back to back deaths in recent years, I could identify with the characters' forced movement, a zombified existence while trying to cope with an unbearable loss. Chris Bohjalian shocks you just when you've become comfortable in the scenic, autumnal Vermont setting. So masterful was the story woven that never did I think I had solved this mystery, it was still something I had to reread when it came to light.
LadyDi2000 5 days ago
I loved The Sleepwalker - the characters, the page turning developments, and the wallop of an ending. Mr. Bohjalian skillfully places the reader in the thick of the event/family/setting through vivid description, gut wrenching emotion, and total empathy for the protagonist and her dogged determination. All of his books easily draw the reader in without hesitation so that they can begin their own assessment of the circumstances and readily develop intimate relationships with the very raw and real characters. Impossible to put down, and energizing throughout, this novel is among Mr. Bohjalian’s finest.
Fredreeca2001 7 days ago
Annalee is a wife and a mother. She suffers from parasomnia or sleepwalking. One evening she just disappears. She was sleepwalking and never returned home. Her family's life has been turned upside down. Lianna refuses to go back to college. Paige is constantly searching for her mother. And Warren has turned into a lush. What happened to Annalee? Was she murdered? Did she run away with another man? There are so many things to say about this novel. It is unique, intriguing and beyond interesting. The author creates an intricate web within this story. Annalee's disappearance, Annalee's miscarriages, Lianna's relationship with the detective, the parasomnia traits in the family, just to name a few. I was so wrapped up in the story and the characters I never saw the twist coming. And Mr. Bohjalian always has a twist. This novel does not move as fast as some reads. The intricacies of the story and the characters are pretty complex. It is not a book you can skim. You WILL miss something. Kudos to the author for originality. The sleepwalking premise is enthralling. Basically because I knew so little about it and I learned a lot as I was reading. Lots of research went into this story and it is so well thought out and displayed. Impressive, very impressive.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Incredible book. Bohjalian has done it again!
MeetingHouse 11 days ago
Absolutely gripping, suspenseful and compelling. Bohjalian is at the peak of his powers as a storyteller. I couldn't put this down. He had me guessing till the last page. I loved it!
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Deb-Krenzer 12 days ago
I was so excited when my request for this book got approved. I had read "The Guest Room" and loved it! This one, not so much. It was, frankly, rather slow at times. Lianna asked a lot of questions, but I guess I would do the same if my mother were to go missing. Plus, she certainly had a lot of time on her hands. While reading it, I just felt like the dad was just there, almost nonexistent. And the cop for some reason just gave me the chills. I do have to say that the ending was certainly jaw dropping and I did not see that coming. I also know a lot about sleepwalking that I didn't know before. Who knew there was such a thing as "sleep sex". I see a lot of 4 and 5 stars for this book, so apparently they saw something I didn't. I did read this off and on over the course of five days, something I do not like to do. So there is a chance I did miss something. Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
tpolen 13 days ago
There's no doubt this author is a good storyteller. The reader experiences this story through Lianna's eyes - her grief, thoughts, observations, suspicions, discoveries. With some interesting twists along the way, the diary-like entries scattered between chapters will keep you guessing the identity of the writer. I didn't really connect with any of the characters, it wasn't detrimental to my enjoyment of this book. The author did extensive research into sleep disorders and besides being educational and interesting, the information was also somewhat disturbing, but made for a fascinating premise. Although The Sleepwalker doesn't contain any jaw-dropping epiphanies, it's a solid, evenly paced mystery/thriller that held my attention throughout. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.