The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

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A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS
  • Deerfield Beach, FL, United States
  • English
  • 0757315887
  • 9780757315886
  • 512,908

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"The sleepwalkers is an eerie, creepy tale filled with mystery and some very horrific characters and images. While it was definitely a page turner, I did have some issues with this book. The most predominant being that the beginning read more like a movie script than an actual novel. And, because of this, I really had a hard-time fully connecting with these characters in the beginning. I did feel a change a quarter of the way in though, and really started to get into the story. Although Caleb was the main character, his best friend Bean really stole the scenes. Bean is this funny, snarky, often crude but deep down great guy. He is full of personality and just fun to read. They really are a great team, but on his own Caleb could have used a little more personality. The relationship between Caleb and Christine was perfect, however. All to often in YA fiction you have these characters that fall madly in love within the first few pages and it is so unbelievable and quite frankly insulting. This relationship however, is very real and very natural. There could be some argument that the relationship is not believable due to the length of time these two were apart, but I disagree. I for one have had childhood friends who I have been estranged from over the years, who I have reconnected with and it felt as though we had never been apart. These are true connections - the ones that really matter. This is what Caleb and Christine have and I loved that. I really feel that this book could easily be adapted to film and do very well. It is a very visual book. In the end, although the ending was somewhat predictable and slightly anti-climatic, I would recommend it. If you are looking for a creepy, bone chilling, page turner? You will find it within the pages of The Sleepwalkers. I am interested to see where the author, J Gabriel Gates, goes from here." --Tracy H. --Tracy H. "NetGalley "show more

Our customer reviews

OK,I usually don't get too excited over books. I like some,I love some,I even hate some,but I usually don't get excited about them,so I was surprised that this YA book has done just that! I am usually a romance/thriller book junkie those have been my favorite forever.. until now! I am offically a YA fan. In "The Sleepwalkers",J. Gabriel Gates spins a thrilling tale that is made for YA's. Why didn't I know about this author sooner? I guess it's because I just assumed that YA books were dull and filled with immature,little kid things. I know,that makes me sound old and sad. J. Gabriel Gates is a terrific writer and is better then I could have hoped for. I didn't need blood,guts,gore or anything of the sort for this book to grab my attention. What I needed,and this book provided so well,was its ability to make me feel like I was part of the story. The characters were believable and acted as I would have in the same given situations. "The Sleepwalkers"was riveting and had me hooked from page one. J. Gabriel Gates is now an author I will be looking for more from. "The Sleepwalkers"takes its readers through the thrilling tale of Caleb and his best friend Bean. They have just graduated High School and are deciding their future when Caleb receives a letter from an old friend letting him know that she hasn't forgotten what happened in their youth and needs his help. Caleb puts his plans on hold and takes Bean to Florida where he grew up and a dreadful thing happened. They try to uncover what is going on and why Caleb's father has disappeared. Along the way,they find out many disturbing things and learn what has happened during all the years Caleb has been gone. This book is well written and a real page turner,even if you happen to be,like me,much older than the normal YA book demographic. You will love this thrilling tale. I give "The Sleepwalkers"by J. Gabriel Gates 5 of 5 stars.show more
by Mary Reiss
Caleb has dreams of becoming a journalist. After graduation, he plans to travel to Africa to write about the AIDS crisis. Right away we see how grown-up Caleb is. His best friend Bean is the comic relief. The two together complement each other very well. Their future plans get put on hold when Caleb receives a letter from a childhood friend, Christine, in Hudsonville, FL. She asks for him to come to her. Caleb remembers the all the fun he and Christine and Christine's twin sister Anne. Until the day Anne disappeared. After arriving in Hudsonville, Bean is ready to turn back. He feels that the whole town is "dead" and the people that are there are acting mysteriously. They find that a lot of people have been disappearing and the law is not doing anything about it. Caleb also finds that his father has vanished leaving all his belongings behind. The mystery seems to center on the Dream Center that has set up shop behind Caleb's childhood home. Christine is there and so it seems a lot of people are. Nightmares may be a normal phenomenon but in Hudsonville it is a one-way ticket into the Dream Center and once you're in you never leave (or so you remember). Now it is coming to an end. The Director of the Dream Center has brought Caleb here along with a man named Ron Bent to complete his ultimate goal. He has created sleepwalkers who are his own personal army. This is what nightmares are made of. Creepy, sleeping children that turn into rabid dogs bent on killing whatever is in their way. What is even more scary is the Director wears clown makeup! Loved the classic horror story vibe that Gates brings. I found it very suitable for the YA horror genre. It definitely had me wishing I read it during the day instead of at night. This one will get you wondering what that scratching noise is at your window. Is it just a tree branch or has a sleepwalker come to take you away?show more
by Kelsey Opsahl
Caleb life comes crashing around him when he gets a letter from his old best friend Christine begging for help. Caleb and his mate bean travel to the town Caleb once lived in only to find it's taken a turn for the worse. Christine is locked up in the old mental institute. His dad has gone missing leaving his family home untouched. The children in the town are disappearing but no one will take about what going on. Will Caleb and bean find out what's going on our will they vanish like everyone else. I started to really enjoy this book from the first chapter Caleb is a interesting character with a past that haunts him. Bean says some of the funniest stuff but you can see that there is another side to him with both Caleb and bean together it makes a great team for this story. I found this book to unfold like a big puzzle with each chapter you get a new piece of the puzzle. It's exciting and at times scary there was some really weird and chilling stuff going on in this town and I found myself glued to the book needing to know what secrets were held within the pages. All together this book was well written and the story itself was one of a kind different exciting and scary. I would recommend this book to others and would happily reread this book. A book that leaves a ticking in your ears and a chill down your spin. 5/5 My favourite quote ''Dude, she's like the queen from Alice in Wonderland. Every time she comes around, my balls shrink up like they're trying to hide''show more
by annmarie ager
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