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Monday, October 3, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates (ARC)

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: When Caleb receives a mysterious letter from a childhood friend, he ditches his plans to spend time in Africa trying to get a start on his journalism career. Instead he travels to Hudsonville Florida, his hometown in search of Christine that desperately needs his help. She's been locked away in the Dream Treatment Center, a place people are sent when they are experiencing nightmares, sleepwalking and other issues of sleep abnormalities. The people at the dream center never come out, in fact, more and more people continue to disappear. When Caleb and his friend Bean attempt to break into the dream center, they encounter not one, but two sleeping children. The only problem? The children attack, brutally wounding Bean before he too disappears. Caleb must band together to find out what is happening at the dream center before it's too late. Besides, the spirits say they've been waiting on Caleb a long time, after all, he's the one that will bring about the end.

My thoughts:  I haven't read many books that are considered horror but when I saw this book listed on NetGalley for review, I just had to read it. I really expected something a lot different than what I was presented with. For me, this book wasn't terrifying but there was a definite creep factor that really bothered me.

I think what bothered me the most was the suspense. This book is full of it. You're kept guessing for a long time about what is really going on in Caleb's hometown. Too many strange things happen and they just keep occuring and for so long, we're left without answers. Then, when things slowly start to unfold, it becomes extremely difficult to put down this book because you terribly want nothing more to finish, to wrap up the mystery of the missing children and adults.

I think the ending is what really makes this book warped. We're lead to believe one thing and those ideas that we were once taught are all thrown out the window. We discover that many people in the town all have dark secrets and those in power have more secrets than the regular, everyday people that have lived there for many years.

Also, this book poses a few important lessons. One, everything in life is interconnected in some way. Things happen the way they do simply because, that's how things are supposed to happen. And secondly, sometimes you'll be faced with a situation that poses no real right or wrong answer because both choices may be the wrong one. However, as tough as it may be, you'll have no choice but to choose either one way or the other for 'the greater good' or greater purpose.

This is a great book if you're looking for a creep factor but one that's not totally terrifying! Thanks to NetGalley for this book to review!


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