Monday, 7 November 2011

Review:The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates

Title: The Sleepwalkers
Author: J. Gabriel Gates
Genre: Horror
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: USA:3rd Oct 2011|UK:3rd Oct 2011
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.

The Sleepwalkers follows Caleb, as he takes his friend Bean on a trip to his old hometown Hudsonville, Florida, after receiving a mysterious letter off his old friend Christine.  They soon discover all is not right in Hudsonville and set out to not only find Caleb's father, but also to help Christine.
From the moment I started reading The Sleepwalkers I was hooked.  I really liked how it introduced new characters or gave a quick flash back to Caleb's old life without interrupting the storyline and I liked the concept behind the "sleepwalkers" and how they came to be.

The twist in the end I did not expect it and was surprised with it, but thought it concluded things for Caleb.  I enjoyed not knowing what would happen next or who would be next to die and kept me in suspense throughout the book
I loved bean and thought he was hilarious and I felt sorry for him in his last pages in the book, but really admired his strength of character and his belief in his friendship with Caleb.

Although The Sleepwalkers is classified as Horror, I did not find it scary or creepy in anyway but I can see how others would find it so.

J. Gabriel Gates has done an excellent job of keeping the reader hooked in his book and has just enough suspense and mystery to keep you wanting more.  I will defiantly be looking for more books written by him.

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of this book before (that's nothing new) but the cover immediately caught my attention. Your review coupled with that eye-catching cover make it sound worth looking into!


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