Even at the end you may not know what happened…
The Nightwalker: A Novel by Sebastian Fitzek
My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock!
This book has been one of the most eerie psychological thrillers I have ever read. I have read it twice now and thoroughly enjoyed it and still I couldn’t tell what the ending really means.
Now you might think that would be a black mark against the author, to write a book that leaves the ending so vague. Not so! That is what makes this story the masterpiece that it is! From the beginning it is certain that things might take place in the real world, a dream, or while in a sleepwalking/sleep paralysis state.
Our main focus is on Leon Nader and his wife Natilie. Leon has suffered with his sleep paralysis and sleepwalking for his entire life. Upon coming around one morning, he sees his wife packing her things. She says she needs space and walks out. Leon is distraught, and makes contact with a Psychiatrist that he used to visit as a boy. Things begin to get weirder the further the story goes.
Leon uses a head mounted night vision camera to track his wanderings during the night. When he plays back the recordings, he cannot believe what he sees. He tries to backtrack himself with the videos for reference and discovers that at least part of what he has experienced is real.
There are jump scares throughout as things happen that only confuse Leon further. Finding a ringing cell phone he notices that it is Natalie’s. The problem is that he has been calling her often and leaving messages. If the phone had been where he found it, he should have heard the thing ring the whole time.
That isn’t the only thing that is confusing to Leon. He believes he can hear Natalie in the Apartment Building and hunts for her only to find that what he thought happened wasn’t real. He sees himself attack another tenant on video, and his paranoia and mania begin to spiral out of control…
This book deserves its own horror movie! It would be so great! The only drawback I see is how to interpret the end—. The line between real and dream state is very blurry and I don’t really know which wins in the end. It could not have been better written! Bravo, Sebastian! And encore!
I give the book five stars plus!
Quoth the Raven…