Booklist Reviews 2016 November #2
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. The fact that this loving mother had a history of sleepwalking influences her family's and the community's reaction to her disappearance. Is she still wandering somewhere in a fugue state? Was she murdered? Kidnapped? Or did she drown in the Gale River's icy waters? Detective Gavin Rikert pursues the case with a less-than-objective interest: he and Annalee were once treated at the same sleep clinic and bonded over the peculiar way in which their disorder manifested itself. While Annalee's older daughter, Lianna, tries to reassure her younger sister, Paige, and buoy her father's spirits, she also puts her life as a college student on hold to conduct her own investigation, which brings her into ever-closer contact with Rikert. Best-selling Bohjalian (The Guest Room, 2016) 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. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2016 September #1
Bohjalian, who never writes the same book twice, here offers suspense with a twist. Says Harlan Coben, it's "more than a mystery: it's a beautiful, wrenching novel of family secrets.". Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
PW Reviews 2016 November #2
Set in Vermont in 2000, this stylish fusion of mystery and domestic thriller from Bohjalian (The Guest Room) explores the aftermath of the inexplicable disappearance of a woman prone to sleepwalking. Annalee Ahlberg's two daughters, 21-year-old Lianna and 12-year-old Paige, attempt to find some kind of closure after their beloved mother—who has experienced bizarre sleepwalking episodes in the past—vanishes from her home in the middle of the night. The mystery deepens when Lianna and a detective, who may have had an intimate relationship with Annalee, become emotionally connected. 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 (red maples in their "death throes"), this novel has only one weak point—its highly improbable conclusion, which may leave readers unsatisfied. 10-city author tour. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.