The Sleepwalker: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 10, 2017 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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 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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User Review  - bereanna - LibraryThing

Bohjalian writing is so effortless to read. In this novel, I love the way prior to each chapter there's a diary entry, but we don't know whose. This is a mystery unlike others I've read. Parasomnia was a new term for me and I am so glad not to have it in my family! Read full review

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User Review  - Sharn - LibraryThing

The things people are capable of when they are asleep, wow. I can definitely say that I learned a lot about sleepwalking (and parasomnia), more than I ever knew existed. Also, while I have had ... Read full review

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Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
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Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen

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CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Guest Room, The Sandcastle Girls, The Light in the Ruins, and The Double Bind. 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).

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