Review: The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek

Review: The Nightwalker by Sebastian FitzekThe Nightwalker on February 7th 2017
Pages: 416

As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been cured—but one day, years later, Leon's wife disappears from their apartment under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again?

In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his forehead—and when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness . . .

I absolutely loved this book. It centers around Leon, who suffers from sleepwalking episodes, and he is such an interesting character to follow. He wakes one morning to find his wife is leaving him, and she suffers injuries to her face. Did he cause them? Can he get her back? Leon is an unreliable narrator given his sleep disorder, and it is difficult to tell whether you should even be rooting for him, given his past history of violent behavior while sleepwalking. Leon eventually gets a camera to capture what happens while he sleepwalks, and we go down the rabbit hole from there.

It is difficult to review this book without spoiling anything, but this is a surreal psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Even the ending will have you thinking. A real page-turner, I could not put The Nightwalker down.


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