The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates

The Sleepwalkers

 360 pages
October 3rd 2011
by HCI Teens
 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.     

Forget King and Koontz because now there is Gates.  Gates can give any of the great horror writers a run for their money.   This book had me on the edge of my seat.  I actually do not do a lot of horror or suspense because I can’t finish it in one setting.    This book was the same, I had to read it in spurts because I think I would have had nightmares if I read it straight through, although I still might!   This book was so well written, that just when you thought you had things figured out you didn’t.   I was left with my mouth hanging open so many times throughout this book.   I can only describe this book as a carnival ride.  It reminds me of the tilt-a-whirl.  You feel like your spinning faster and faster and then a sudden stop with the nausea and then you are spinning again.   It just left me spinning and try to hold on till the next page!
Although there is a lot of horror in this book, surprisingly it had a very humors side.  This is due to a character named Bean who is best friends with our main character.  I loved the scene with Bean because he lightened up what was really a very dark book.   I would have liked to have more of him through out the book just to lighten the mood.   Bean I will miss you the most!
Over all this was a fantastic ride.  I don’t know if I will ever want to read another one of his horror books again because this one scared the crap out of me!  I do however have a copy of his book Dark Territory and I am looking forward to reading that as soon as my schedule will allow.  I have very high hopes for this author and will be keeping an eye out for more of his works.

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