Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

J. Gabriel Gates

Rated it: 4 Stars

360 pages

Published October 3rd, 2011


Goodreads Decription:

A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight.

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. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

Let me just start by saying this book was creepy. I would read this late at night and I would be looking around whenever "something would happen", just expecting something to pop out. It was so good that I could not put down, I wanted to see what was going to happen next.

The writer writes in such detail that you just get all these images in your head, which makes it seem a little more scary. After reading this book, I looked up the author to see if he had anymore books and he only has two more. I take it that he is just starting out.

The main character Caleb just graduated high school and is planning on going to Africa to write about AIDS and pursue a career in journalism. While having a party at his house with close friends, he receives a letter from an old friend asking for help. He then decides to tell everyone he is now going to Florida with his close friend "Bean".

When he ends up in Florida, they try to find Caleb's dad, which you find out, has disappeared. The town is strange and no one seems to care that people are disappearing. This part reminded me of that crazy movie "Wrong Turn".

They end up visiting an old mental hospital which is now a Dream Center, where his friend Christine that needed help is there. From then on his life completely changes. Strange things start happening, and the ending is one of those books that you finish reading and you say "Wow, I did not see this coming!" I would recommend this book. It has the right amount of "horror" and the writing just has you on the edge of your seat.

1 comment:

  1. TY for your follow :) I got a copy of book this author co wrote & I have yet to read it. It looked really good too. I must organize my TBR list a bit better.
    I have this one too. lol. I need to get to readin huh?
    Thanks again, hope to see u soon! Have a gr8 weekend..
    Books and Beyond