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The Sleepwalker

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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.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 130 x 152 x 30mm | 227g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0553399632
  • 9780553399639

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"The kind of mystery that builds to a startling climax, the kind that makes the reader wonder how such a trick was pulled off...Bohjalian does a masterful job." --Clea Simon, the Boston Globe "Great mystery writers, like great magicians, have the ability to hide the truth that's right before your eyes. Best-selling novelist Chris Bohjalian is at the full power of his literary legerdemain in his newest book, The Sleepwalker... Bohjalian teases and tantalizes the reader... Masterful plotting evokes a magician who distracts his audience to look this way, not that way. The ending will have the reader rereading for missed clues. The Sleepwalker is Bohjalian at his best: a creepily compelling topic and an illusionist's skill at tightening the tension. This is a novel worth losing sleep over." --Patty Rhule, USA Today "Sex, secrets and the mysteries of sleep: These are the provocative ingredients in Chris Bohjalian's spooky thriller The Sleepwalker. It's a dark, Hitchcockian novel... Trust me, you will not be able to stop thinking about it days after you finish reading this book." --Carol Memmott, The Washington Post "After a chronic sleepwalker goes missing, the general consensus is accidental death. But nothing is what it seems in this gripping mystery." --Cosmopolitan "Literary and compelling, a combination so rare I'm tempted to apply for federal intervention. . . I hesitate to say more, because to know too much may spoil the fun of discovery. Rest assured the denouement is perfect. This is Bohjalian at his very best." --Curt Shleier, The Seattle Times "A perfectly crafted surprise ending... Bohjalian succeeds in making us accomplices in a dark world we never knew existed." --Laura Patten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It takes unexpected answers to solve this mystery. Bohjalian's latest will captivate readers who crave an edge-of-your-seat page-turner they can't put down." --Susan Carr, Library Journal (Starred Review) "This stylish fusion of mystery and domestic thriller from Bohjalian explores the aftermath of the inexplicable disappearance of a woman prone to sleepwalking... Powered by brilliantly rendered characters, an intriguing topic (parasomnia), and a darkly lyrical narrative that captures the melancholic tone of autumn in New England perfectly." --Publishers Weekly "One night when her professor husband is out of town, and while her teenage daughters sleep in their rooms, Annalee Ahlberg walks out her front door and heads toward the river. She is never seen again... Bohjalian raises essential questions of identity and heredity, sexuality and desire, bringing the Ahlberg family conundrum into focus with a didn't-see-that-one-coming powerhouse ending." --Carol Haggas, Booklist "Bohjalian... never writes the same book twice... His new novel is suspense with a twist." --Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal "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 Cobenshow more

About Chris Bohjalian

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).show more
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