A psychological thrill-ride of a novel that finds an insomniac wondering if his nighttime excursions have turned into something beyond his imagination.
As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been curedbut one day, years later, Leon's wife disappears from their apartment under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again?
In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his foreheadand when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness . . .
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About the Author
Sebastian Fitzek has been published in twenty-nine languages including Dutch, Italian, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Gree, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Bulgarian, Danish, and Japanese. He is a number one bestselling author in Germany, where he lives. This is his American debut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even at the end you may not know what happened! My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock! This book has been one of the most eerie psychological thrillers I have ever read. I have read it twice now and thoroughly enjoyed it and still I couldn’t tell what the ending really means. Now you might think that would be a black mark against the author, to write a book that leaves the ending so vague. Not so! That is what makes this story the masterpiece that it is! From the beginning it is certain that things might take place in the real world, a dream, or while in a sleepwalking/sleep paralysis state. Our main focus is on Leon Nader and his wife Natilie. Leon has suffered with his sleep paralysis and sleepwalking for his entire life. Upon coming around one morning, he sees his wife packing her things. She says she needs space and walks out. Leon is distraught, and makes contact with a Psychiatrist that he used to visit as a boy. Things begin to get weirder the further the story goes. Leon uses a head mounted night vision camera to track his wanderings during the night. When he plays back the recordings, he cannot believe what he sees. He tries to backtrack himself with the videos for reference and discovers that at least part of what he has experienced is real. There are jump scares throughout as things happen that only confuse Leon further. Finding a ringing cell phone he notices that it is Natalie’s. The problem is that he has been calling her often and leaving messages. If the phone had been where he found it, he should have heard the thing ring the whole time That isn’t the only thing that is confusing to Leon. He believes he can hear Natalie in the Apartment Building and hunts for her only to find that what he thought happened wasn’t real. He sees himself attack another tenant on video, and his paranoia and mania begin to spiral out of control… This book deserves its own horror movie! It would be so great! The only drawback I see is how to interpret the end—. The line between real and dream state is very blurry and I don’t really know which wins in the end. It could not have been better written! Bravo, Sebastian! And encore! I give the book five stars plus! Quoth the Raven…
I just read this book in 3 hours! It was enthralling!
With a dark brown, almost black oval body, with very thin antennas waving this way and that way, the cockroach inches closer to Leon's open mouth while he sleeps. Leon opens his eyes and sees the cockroach approaching, but he is paralyzed with fear. In his mind, he is screaming for his wife, Natalie, to help him... but she doesn't answer. A long moment later, he is able to move again and realizes it was just a dream .... wasn't it? Leon looks around and finds his wife packing a suitcase, and he is surprised. They've only been married 3 years .... and as she turns around, he sees the bruises on her face, the slash marks on her arms, the torn out fingernail. She says she has to go, grabs her suitcase and runs out the door. He is still dreaming, isn't he? Or is this reality? As a child, Leon suffered from insomnia. His foster parents once found him standing over their other son with a knife held up as though ready to strike. The next morning he was returned to the home. Another foster family took him in and sought psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually he felt he was cured. And now it's back again, isn't it? This is a psychological thriller that finds an insomniac blending his waking hours into his sleeping hours. And now it's so bad, he can't tell when he's asleep and when he's awake. One thing he knows is that he can't remember anything from his sleeping time. Leon is desperate enough to make major changes in order to determine what's real and what's not. Is that really a door behind the dresser? Or is is there only when he's sleepwalking? The maze that takes him to other people's apartments? People die ... did he resort to violence while sleepwalking? Or was he awake? Millions of people suffer from insomnia..and some of them walk in their sleep ... eat in their sleep ... can carry on complete conversations... and yet never remember what went on. It's only during waking hours that an insomniac may see something out of whack, something moved, something missing, something new they've never seen before. This book is about Leon Nader... a man who thinks he might be going crazy. He can't tell the difference between waking and sleeping .. or the area in between. As the readers follow along, reality blurs into fiction. There are so many twists and turns, the reader loses his/her own sense of reality. This is a well-written psychological thriller. There is a major twist at the end that you never see coming! Many thanks to the author / Pegasus Books / Netgalley who provided a digital copy. All opinions expressed are my own.