Release Date: January 10, 2017
What a fantastic book! I have said over and over that I am tired of reading thrillers about missing women. But then a sneaky little book like this one comes along and makes me rethink how tired of mysteries I am. This book surprised the heck out of me! I loved the twists and turns it took me on during our journey to the truth about what happened to Annalee Ahlberg when she went missing one night in 2000. Presumably, she was out sleepwalking and had a terrible accident, but maybe the story isn’t quite that simple. Annalees daughters Paige and Lianna who also have sleepwalking issues, along with their father Warren have many ideas floating around in their heads about what could have happened. Their younger daughter Paige is dealing with the disappearance by searching for her mom, their father is sinking further into himself drinking too much and immersing himself in work, and 21 year old Lianna is the glue holding everyone together. She has had to leave college to take care of her family and is beginning a strange yet exciting relationship with someone who might just have the key to solve her mothers disappearance. Her new beau just so happens to be the young handsome Detective Gavin Rickert who is not only the lead detective in her mother’s disappearance, but is someone who was involved with her mother in the past. Both Gavin and Annalee both suffer from sleepwalking disorders and had formed a solid “platonic” bond in dealing with this issue. Is this man someone to be trusted? Does he have motives other than helping find Annalee? Was Annalee murdered? Did she disappear because she wanted to? These were just some of the many questions floating around in my head as I sped through this exciting book. The finish is an excellent payoff and something I truly was not expecting. Great book! 5 Stars.
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.