Sep 30, 2011

Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb’s childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine’s long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an A.M. radio.

Some books really are hit or miss with me.  THE SLEEPWALKERS is very well written especially when you consider that it is J. Gabriel Gates' first novel.  And the subject matter is interesting and unique.  But it was a miss.

I have actually spent a couple days thinking about this book and just why it didn't work for me and I couldn't pinpoint just one thing.  I did find the main character to be slightly superficial but that very well could have been due Caleb's age.  I did really enjoy Caleb's best friend Bean though.  He was good for a few chuckles. 

Perhaps it is the fact that this book should be tense, riding the line of horror, and I didn't find it so.  Rather then quickly turning pages to find out what happens next, I spent most of the book confused and wondering where the story is taking me. 

I am rating this book a 3 because it is well written and I could see if becoming a hit for someone else.    It is in the young adult genre but I wouldn't let let kids too young read it as there are scenes of graphic violence.


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