The Sleepwalker

The Sleepwalker

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When a sleepwalker who has experienced episodes of near violence while unconscious goes missing, her eldest daughter, Lianna, finds herself drawn to a lead detective who seems to know more than he is revealing.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385538916
038553891X
Branch Call Number: BOHJALIA C
Bohjalian, C
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 25 cm

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LizzieCent
Aug 29, 2017

Took too long to slog through, but I was not expecting the ending at all - almost worth the slog.

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s390325
May 04, 2017

Fascinating and creepy, unpleasant and intriguing at the same time. It made me wonder if this is a real condition, because I would be frightened to know someone who has it.

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EmilyEm
May 02, 2017

Writer Bohjalian returns to a medical subject like his earlier ‘Midwives’ and builds a story of troubled family relationships caused by an unpredictable disease. Interesting subject matter. Not among my favorites from this author.

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wilqser
Apr 20, 2017

Story about about a sleepwalker who winds up missing and the efforts of her two daughters and a detective to find her. This story is about certain forms of somnambulism, one being the insatiable desire for sex while asleep and how it can be inherited - ( I know just a little bit hard to believe for a premise for a story). From there, secrets, forbidden desires and lies pervade the story. For me, the story has too many holes: too slow a pace, undeveloped secondary characters ( they seem like they were just added in as fillers with no real depth), and an ending that was hashed at it seems, at the last second to satisfy the reader. The one thing I can think of that it has in its favor is that it is well written. Other than that, I couldn't recommend; it was a waste of time (for me at least).

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laphampeak
Apr 11, 2017

Captivating but shallow. I gave out stars because the captivation was akin to a summer beach read. Really? Three of the 5 main characters all had severe parasomnia? Not a literary novel I'd say.

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JaneMM
Apr 06, 2017

This was not up to the standard I expect from Chris Bohjalian. I listened to the audio and if I had the book, I would have skipped parts. I found it boring and too long to get to the point of the story. The ending was an anti-climax. It could have been half the length that it was.
I hope his next novels are more exciting and in line with his previous works.

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tonyalockman
Mar 18, 2017

It was hard for me to get past the inappropriate relationship between the main character and the police detective.

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pharra
Mar 06, 2017

Wow! Awesome book by a superlative writer!
Five plus stars!!!!!!!!

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Dreamstime
Jan 28, 2017

Story takes forever to unfold. Not a detective story. Not a ghost story. Borders on the edges of a romance novel. Not my cup of tea.

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PennythePitt
Jan 24, 2017

Wow, this is a suspense novel that had me going until literally the last line!
The set up: college student Lianna is home for the semester break, helping to take care of her twelve year old sister, Paige, while their professor father is going away for a conference.
Their mother, Annalee, has been a sleepwalker in the past, but only when the father is away.
Lianna awakes to find her mother gone, and as she and her Paige search for their missing mother, both sisters must face troubling suspicions about their father and the detective assigned to investigate the case.
Great character development, wonderful pacing.

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