The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates 360 pages Published October 3, 2011 Buy at Amazon I received this ebook from Netgalley, thanks to HCI Books.
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.
I'd like to first state, this is not my actual review. My Galley expired before I was able to complete The Sleepwalkers. However, I will be buying it within the next few months/weeks. An actual 'true' review will come then. The reason I'm buying it? Easy! I really loved what I had read. Sure, I wasn't finished, but it so creeptastic and spooky that not buying it will forever make upset on not knowing the ending. The Sleepwalkers has magical powers. I kid not. It made me want to read it. I'll tell you now, it reminds me of Silent Hill. Think game not movie. When reading, I had serious chill bumps, the kind you get when an unexplained cold draft comes along or when everything just feels wrong. This is a young adult horror novel and while I don't usually read horror, I really love The Sleepwalkers.