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The Sleepwalker

Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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 only leave her bed when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where is 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.


A New York Times Bestseller

"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 Coben

"Great mystery writers, like great magicians, have the ability to hide the truth that's right before your eyes. Bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian is at the full power of his literary legerdemain in his newest book. . . . 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." —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." —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

"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." —Library Journal, starred review

"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." —Booklist

"This stylish fusion of mystery and domestic thriller from Bohjalian explores the aftermath of the inexplicable disappearance of a woman prone to sleepwalking. . . . [The Sleepwalker is] 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

"Sleepwalking inspires a hard-to-put-down story that also mixes sex and a mystery in a polished package. . . . Bohjalian is a gifted writer. . . . [He] weaves in hints, a red herring or two and a backstory that will leave readers with competing theories about who Annalee was and how that might have determined her fate. . . . Bohjalian is on top of his already stellar game with The Sleepwalker." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"This is Bohjalian at his very best." —The Seattle Times

"Chris Bohjalian savors the experience of getting behind his characters' masks, deep into their psyches, such that readers know far more about why the people in his novels do what they do than the characters themselves know. . . . Bohjalian's newest novel, The Sleepwalker, is one of his most skillfully plotted. . . . An increasingly gripping tale layered with grave moral dilemmas." —The Portland Press Herald

"A perfectly crafted surprise ending. . . . Bohjalian succeeds in making us accomplices in a dark world we never knew existed." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"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. . . that ends with a surprising and satisfying twist. It was so deliciously dark that I reread The Sleepwalker to pick up on all the subtle clues this clever novelist dropped with poetically perfect precision  throughout."  Houston Chronicle 

"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." —The Boston Globe