The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

What secrets do we keep from those closest to us? When Annalee Ahlberg, a known sleepwalker, disappears one night and a piece of her nightgown is found next to the river, everyone assumes the worst. But her family cannot accept this story, especially her daughter, Lianna. She feels like there is something more, something they are all missing, something she is not being told. So she starts trying to find out more about her mother from her friends, people in her town and even her mother’s doctor. What she finds out changes her perception of incidents in her childhood and young adult life and how she views her family. One of the state police that is investigating her mother’s disappearance tells her he was close friends with her mother due to them having similar sleepwalking issues. Lianna is drawn to this man but at the same time senses he is not telling her the whole truth. What was their real relationship? What did her mother confide in him about? And can all these secrets people are keeping hold the secret to what really happened the night of her disappearance?

This book took me a long time to read but the writing was so good that is was worth it. The descriptions of the town and deep feelings of loss and helplessness that the family feels as well as Lianna’s search for the truth kept me going through the book. Not just a psychological thriller to me but a deep look into the workings of a family that has a lot of love and secrets.

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Jim says:

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Very well written!


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