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夢遊者

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一座宛如黑暗夢境的地底迷宮、一扇又一扇不知通往何處的神祕之門,
在這棟彷彿長了眼睛的老式建築裡,上演著一樁不復記憶的可怕罪行……

患有夢遊症的男子懷疑沉睡的自己有嚴重暴力傾向,為了找回負傷離去的妻子,他用攝影機錄下自己入睡後的所做所為,卻意外在臥室衣櫃後發現一道暗門。

詭異事件一樁樁浮現:險遭勒斃的鄰居、陳屍身邊的黑貓、從地底迷宮傳來失蹤妻子的呼救聲,試圖將一切推回正軌的他猛然發現,或許,他不該刻意保持清醒……

320 pages, Paperback

First published October 11, 2011

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Sebastian Fitzek

88 books5,393 followers
Sebastian Fitzek was born in Berlin in 1971. After going to law school and being promoted to LL.D., he decided against a juridical profession for a creative occupation in the media. After the traineeship at a private radio station he switched to the competition as head of entertainment and became chief editor later on, thereafter becoming an independent executive consultant and format developer for numerous media companies in Europe. He lives in Berlin and is currently working in the programme management of a major capital radio station.

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Profile Image for Chelsea *Slowly Catching Up* Humphrey.
1,390 reviews77.2k followers
December 6, 2016
Find my reviews on my blog: https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com

Date Read: 10/28/16
Pub Date (US): 02/07/16

3.5 STARS

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 . . .


While this is a republication of a book originally published in 2011, I feel it has made a comeback at an extremely relevant time. This whole blurred reality between waking and sleeping theme seems to be all the rage in the upcoming psychological thrillers of the season, and for good reason; it’s a new spin on a consistent structure that allows for the author to take liberties where otherwise wouldn’t be an option. These type of books always mess with my head, as I never know whether it will stick to the traditional rules of the genre or branch out into the supernatural. You’ll have to read this one to find out for yourself just how it turns out, but needless to say it was a suspenseful, eery read that left me uber creeped out.

When I first found this one on NetGalley I was immediately drawn in by the cover. The color is gorgeous and the inception-like graphics had me wondering just what this story would end up being. I also felt for the most part nothing important was lost in the translation; this was originally written in German but flowed quite nicely in English as well. I was all set to give this book a solid 4 stars; it gave me all the creepy crawlies and had me holding my breath at all the right places, but the ending was a bit off for me. I think, as other reviewers have stated, that the explanation after what I considered “the ending” was too much and took away from what could have been a powerful finish. I did decide to still round up as this was a really different, intriguing read with a gorgeous cover.

If you are looking for a creepy, slightly different story and love a good thriller that has been translated into your native language (if that language be english), then give this a try. I actually had a really fun time reading this and think it would make an excellent movie. If you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely have a few nights of bizarre dreams while trying to figure out what is reality in this book. I’m very interested in comparing notes with others who read this one; feel free to shoot me a message to chat about it!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
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1,073 reviews6,810 followers
January 28, 2023
A horror/psycho-thriller by ‘Germany’s Stephen King.’ [Edited 1/28/23]

Our main character, Leon, is a young married man who suffered from insomnia and sleepwalking as a kid. Years ago he had an incident of violence while sleepwalking and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Now, years later - is it back?

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He and his wife are into BDSM. This morning his wife left him – she even had a tooth missing! He has no memory of how this could have happened. But that’s the point of his sleepwalking – he does all kinds of things in his sleep and has no recollection of what he did. He keeps calling and texting his wife, but no response.

So here’s the fascinating, perhaps unique, premise of this book: Leon lives in three different worlds – three different realities – the everyday real world; a dream world, and a sleepwalking world. The three worlds are almost entirely disconnected from each other in his mind.

So, when something happens, what world is he in? There are times when he wakes up and wonders: did my wife really leave me with a tooth missing or did I dream that? Or did I really do that to her? Then he looks around and sees her stuff is gone, so yes, she left. Unless he is dreaming all this. And, just to keep him and the reader on our toes, there are times he dreams he did things while sleepwalking!

That’s just the start. He finds out he lives in an apartment house designed by a weird architect with secret passageways and tunnels connecting floors and rooms, and two-way mirrors that look into the apartments. And right there, down in a dank basement tunnel, is his wife’s cellphone with all his texts and messages on it! So where is she? What’s going on? Or is this all just a nightmare? He rigs up a camera to record what goes on when he falls asleep. He and we see some amazing stuff.

So, certainly a good story with a complex plot. To fully follow all the twists and turns you’d have to read it, or re-read it, with a 3-color highlighter and mark the passages: this must be a dream; this must be real; this must be sleepwalking.

It’s horror but we could still call it a fun read; there’s limited gore and the BDSM stuff is relatively tame.

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Sebastian Fitzek (b. 1971) has written 20 or so horror or psycho-thriller books that have sold more than 13 million copies. One site says he is Germany’s best-selling author.

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423 reviews248 followers
February 14, 2017
This was one dark, disorienting and trippy read!! I should probably give it 5 stars just for the ingenuity and creativity behind the plot-but unfortunately with all the unreliable narrative, it really made this a bit confusing to read at times, hence the 4 star.

Sleepwalking. Maybe you know of someone who does this? I experienced it once with my nephew when he was young. Traumatized a bit after a fire at his Mother's house, I heard him yelling in the living room, yet he had been sleeping quietly for over an hour. I ran in to see what was going on and he came running towards me saying we need to get out of the house because there's a fire! I was able to walk him back to the couch where he laid down again. To this day he doesn't remember it ever happening or talking with me.

So what else can happen when you sleep walk? You can hold conversations, move things, change clothes...but can you hurt someone? And if so, can you really not remember any of it?

This is a story that will take you on a journey into this world of the unknown, focusing on a young married couple Leon and Natalie. Leon wakes up to discover Natalie is gone, and there are clues in the house that indicate she might have come to some harm. As Leon tries to unravel these clues, you are pulled along with him, trying to decipher what's real and what's imaginary. It can't all be real, can it? This is where the lines get blurred and the disorientation starts as you try to figure out which version of living is the real one versus his nightwalking...

The ending was a nice surprise twist that I didn't see coming, and happy that it wasn't something that I was supposed to have noticed. It was all cleverly weaved into the fabric of the story so when it all came out it was really brilliant.

An interesting and unique read for sure-I will definitely give this author another go around!!

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818 reviews693 followers
August 11, 2020
Una lectura sumamente ágil y que mantiene la tensión permanentemente, tratando de dilucidar qué es lo que realmente está pasando en la vida de Leon Nader.

Es mi primer libro de Sebastian Fitzek, autor que, según he leído, se caracteriza por novelas del estilo thriller psicológico y con buenas vueltas de tuerca en sus historias. El sonámbulo efectivamente tiene dos giros argumentales importantes y que si bien no se esperan, me quedaron un poco al debe, yo creo que porque tienen más de thriller que de psicológico… no sé… esperaba algo más profundo respecto de la psiquis humana.

En resumen, es una lectura que disfruté, pero a la que le falta sustancia, sobre todo en la caracterización de sus personajes. Como lo anterior puede deberse a la trama y a que el autor está permanentemente confundiendo al lector respecto de si la acción se desarrolla en un sueño o no, voy a probar con otro de sus libros. Por el momento, para mí, Pierre Lemaitre sigue siendo el maestro indiscutido en este estilo.
Profile Image for Dennis.
652 reviews252 followers
July 4, 2022
Mein erster Fitzek.
Das Buch war eine Empfehlung von einer Kollegin und hat mir wirklich hervorragend gefallen.

Die Hauptfigur Leon ist seit Kindheitstagen Schlafwandler und befand sich in frühen Jahren in Therapie, da bei einem seiner nächtlichen Ausflüge etwas spoilerhaft schreckliches passiert ist.

Jahre später scheint er geheilt zu sein. Doch dann verlässt ihn plötzlich seine Frau, nachdem diese von jemandem schwer misshandelt wurde.

Ist Leon rückfällig geworden? Oder gibt es andere Gründe für Natalies Verletzungen und ihr plötzliches Verschwinden? Was genau passiert mit Leon während er schlafwandelt? Ist er etwa in diesem Zustand dazu fähig ein Verbrechen zu begehen?

Um das herauszufinden zeichnet Leon mit einer bewegungssensitiven Kamera seine nächtlichen Ausflüge auf. Die Videos konfrontieren ihn mit ungeahnten Abgründen.

Das Buch ist sehr spannend geschrieben. Fitzek weiß ganz genau wie er beim Leser Anspannung und Ekel hervorrufen kann. Hinzu kommt, dass die Handlung sich beinahe ausschließlich im Mietshaus von Leon und Natalie abspielt, was zusätzlich für ein beklemmendes Gefühl sorgt. Außerdem kann sich Leon im wachen Zustand nicht daran erinnern was er während des Schlafwandelns getan hat und umgekehrt. Hierdurch weiß er nie genau was eigentlich vor sich geht und beginnt an seinem Verstand zu zweifeln. Dieses Gefühl überträgt sich wunderbar auf den Leser.

Meine Nerven waren hier regelmäßig zum zerreißen gespannt und ich habe stetig alles hinterfragt. Ein hochspannendes Lesevergnügen.

Entsprechend schwankte ich lange zwischen 4 und 5 Sternen.
Leider gibt es aber zu wenige Personen in dieser Geschichte, so dass neben Leon nicht all zu viele Täter in Frage kommen. Außerdem hat mir das Ende so gar nicht gefallen.
In den letzten beiden Kapiteln vor dem Epilog erklärt Fitzek viel zu detailliert was sich nun genau in welcher Situation wirklich abgespielt hat. Schade. Das nimmt dem Buch viel von seiner Atmosphäre und war meines Erachtens überflüssig.

Trotzdem hat mir dieser Psychothriller insgesamt sehr gut gefallen und ich werde sicherlich zu einem weiteren Buch des Autors greifen.
Die nächste Empfehlung habe ich ohnehin schon erhalten.


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485 reviews1,325 followers
December 5, 2017
En El sonámbulo, Fitzek incursionó en lo que, para mí, es lo que más puede hacernos sentir miedo: el sueño. ¿Qué sucede cuando estamos dormidos, en ese momento de tanta vulnerabilidad? ¿Qué sucede a nuestro alrededor? O peor: ¿qué hacemos?

El sonámbulo se lee rápido, es fluido, dinámico y está lleno de giros sorprendentes desparramados de manera estratégica.

Tengo el presentimiento de que Fitzek en cualquier momento publica algo de terror. Ya se vieron atisbos de ese género en El experimento y ahora en este. Si lo llega a hacer, me tiene asegurado como lector. Como siempre.
Profile Image for David Staniforth.
Author 8 books226 followers
November 9, 2016
A strange and disorienting read that put me in mind of existential novels like Sartre's 'Nausea' and Kafka's 'The Trial'. The unreliability of the narrator is compounded by the fact that he does not know if he is awake or dreamwalking, and when experiencing the act of waking if he is actually waking or shifting from one dream state to another. The effect of this is confusing for the reader but also serves to make it a compelling page turner.

Without giving too much away, the best ending to the book, for me, is a few chapters from the actual end. The narrative goes beyond this point though to a section headed "some time later". This section is an extended explanation which, while making sense, was somewhat of an anti-climax and not really necessary – not for this reader.

I would have given five stars, if not for that extended ending.
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3,882 reviews1,627 followers
October 29, 2016
With a dark brown, almost black oval body, with very thin antennas waving this way and that way, the cockroach inches closer to Leon's open mouth while he sleeps.

Leon opens his eyes and sees the cockroach approaching, but he is paralyzed with fear. In his mind, he is screaming for his wife, Natalie, to help him... but she doesn't answer. A long moment later, he is able to move again and realizes it was just a dream .... wasn't it?

Leon looks around and finds his wife packing a suitcase, and he is surprised. They've only been married 3 years .... and as she turns around, he sees the bruises on her face, the slash marks on her arms, the torn out fingernail. She says she has to go, grabs her suitcase and runs out the door. He is still dreaming, isn't he? Or is this reality?

As a child, Leon suffered from insomnia. His foster parents once found him standing over their other son with a knife held up as though ready to strike. The next morning he was returned to the home.

Another foster family took him in and sought psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually he felt he was cured. And now it's back again, isn't it?

This is a psychological thriller that finds an insomniac blending his waking hours into his sleeping hours. And now it's so bad, he can't tell when he's asleep and when he's awake. One thing he knows is that he can't remember anything from his sleeping time.

Leon is desperate enough to make major changes in order to determine what's real and what's not. Is that really a door behind the dresser? Or is is there only when he's sleepwalking? The maze that takes him to other people's apartments?

People die ... did he resort to violence while sleepwalking? Or was he awake?

Millions of people suffer from insomnia..and some of them walk in their sleep ... eat in their sleep ... can carry on complete conversations... and yet never remember what went on. It's only during waking hours that an insomniac may see something out of whack, something moved, something missing, something new they've never seen before.

This book is about Leon Nader... a man who thinks he might be going crazy. He can't tell the difference between waking and sleeping .. or the area in between.

As the readers follow along, reality blurs into fiction. There are so many twists and turns, the reader loses his/her own sense of reality.

This is a well-written psychological thriller. There is a major twist at the end that you never see coming!

Many thanks to the author / Pegasus Books / Netgalley who provided a digital copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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819 reviews113 followers
February 1, 2021

4.5

Nightmarish and haunting!

Do you see that door, there in the wall?
Only a ghost can hear its call.
Behind the door lies a hiding place.
But don't go through. Run far, far away.
Ignore this warning and it won't be long before
You lose yourself behind the door.
He who crosses the threshold at night
Can never go back, try as hard as he might.


O dear! I feel my brain has been put in a washing machine and now is hanging to dry.

Leon Nader who has a history of sleepwalking wakes up one morning after a ghastly nightmare to find his beaten and bruised wife leave him without a word.
She is gone, disappeared without a trace. No one, not even her close friend and colleague has seen her.

And thus his real nightmare begins.
Has he been sleepwalking again? And has he become violent towards his wife?
Can he figure out what is real and what is not? Can he tell the difference between dream and reality?
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156 reviews296 followers
November 6, 2016
Mein erster Fitzek und ich fand es gut. Es geht noch mehr aber die Komplexität, der Spannungsbogen der Geschichte und der professionelle Schreibstil konnten mich überzeugen!
Bist du noch wach oder schläfst du schon?
Ich schlafe schon...
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400 reviews838 followers
January 2, 2018
Ben az önce ne okudum ?
Hayır ciddi soruyorum, ne okudum ?

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Kitabı okuduğum süre boyunca milyonlarca şey geçti aklımdan. Fakat ne sonuca ulaşabildim ne de kitabın sonunu okuduğumda hazmedebildim bu durumu. Hayal ile gerçeği artık ayırt edemediğim bir hale geldim. Gerçekten delirerek okudum. Kelimenin tam anlamıyla.

Leon bir sabah uyandığında karısını yara bere içinde, yüzünde morluklarla valizini toplarken bulur. Karısının bu hali karşısında şoka giren Leon aklına gelen ilk korkunç düşüncesinin esiri olur. Yoksa yeniden uyurgezer mi olmuştur? Uyku esnasında karısına zarar mı vermiştir ? Bu sorusunun cevabını bulmak için yıllar önce psikiyatristinin onda uyguladığı bir yöntemi uygular. Uykuya yatmadan önce kafasına bir kamera yerleştirir. Fakat sabah görüntüleri izlediğinde şoka girer. Hayal ile gerçek artık birbirinden ayrılamayacak hale gelmiştir.

Şuan size hislerimi anlatmak istiyorum ama doğru kelimeleri bulamıyorum çünkü gerçekten son 50 sayfaya kadar allak bullak bir halde okudum. Olayı anlamaya çalışırken başıma ağrı girdi. Her şey havada kalacakmış aklımda soru işaretleri olacakmış gibi hissettiğim anda bütün her şey açıklığa kavuştu. Fakat kitabın sonu bana daha büyük bir sinir krizi yaşattı. Kötü müydü iyi miydi bilemiyorum. Beni çok sinirlendirdiği için bu kısım hakkında bir yorumda bile bulunamıyorum. Ama gerçekten sonunda anlatılan şeyler fazlasıyla rahatsız etti beni. Neden rahatsız olduğumu açıklamayı çok isterdim fakat ne desem spoiler olacağı için açıklama bile yapamıyorum.

Sonundaki beni rahatsız eden şey yüzünden 1 puan kırıyorum sadece.

Ve kendime tam olarak şunu yapmak istiyorum;

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747 reviews94 followers
June 11, 2021
Otro excelente libro en el que Sebastian Fitzek nos sumerge en lo mas profundo de la mente de su personaje haciéndote dudar de todo.

En el mismo conocemos la historia de Leon Nader, un arquitecto. Un día Leon se despierta para encontrar a su mujer, Natalie, haciendo la maleta, y saliendo de su casa. Antes de que ella salga él se da cuenta que su mujer estaba herida, tenía golpes en su cara y rasguños en sus brazos.

Leon padece de sonambulismo y se asusta al creer que él puede ser responsable de las heridas de su mujer. Sus padres biológicos murieron cuando era aún un niño por lo que fue criado por diferentes familias adoptivas hasta llegar definitivamente a la casa de los Nader. Con una de las familias que había vivido había tenido problemas que hicieron que empezara tratamiento con un psiquiatra, pues un día lo descubrieron sonámbulo, con un cuchillo en la mano y cerca de la cuna de su hermano bebé.

Decidido a averiguar que pasó con su mujer y de que cosas es capaz de hacer en su estado de sonámbulo Leon retoma un ejercicio de terapia que hacía en la época que era atendido. Compra una cámara que se acciona por movimiento y la fija en su cabeza para grabar las cosas que hace mientras duerme. Es así que descubre un gran secreto en su habitación que lo lleva a conocerse de un modo distinto y a descubrir de lo que es capaz.

Este pequeño resumen no es más que la punta del iceberg de otra trama magnífica como las que Sebastian Fitzek es capaz de crear.

Este libro, como la mayoría de los de este autor, es una montaña rusa de mentiras y verdades en las que vas creando teoría tras teoría pero nunca estarás seguro de conocer la verdad.

Es totalmente recomendable.
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1,224 reviews139 followers
February 3, 2017
This is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. This guy never knows when he's awake or when he's sleep walking. It's a terrifying story that starts to creep you out a bit. Has you constantly questioning what is really happening & how it's going to end.
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2,109 reviews54 followers
June 11, 2020



Si quieres leer una historia que te deje con cara de circunstancia y te deje tambaleando ( metaforicamente ) El Sonambulo es tu libro.

Por lo general los thrillers que leo me suelen sorprender, me enfadan o incluso me han dejado desolada, sin embargo, esta novela me dejo muy muy confundida, puede que sea porque la trama esta llena de giros o quizas es debido al sentimiento general que transmite, pero tengo la sensacion de no saber que acabo de leer.

La lectura da tantas vueltas, tiene tantos descubrimientos y en ocasiones trata el tema del sonambulismo de forma tan formal y tecnica que realmente tuve que releer varios capitulos para lograr entender la ultima revelacion que se sacaba de la manga el autor.

Me gusto el libro ? la respuesta honesta es que no lo se, empezo de manera muy interesante y durante bastantes hojas me tuvo hechizada, no obstante, siento que la explicacion para toda la premisa fue muy floja, especialmente porque guarda mucha similitud con otro de los trabajos del autor y eso le resto tanto originalidad como frescura.

En conclusion, El Sonambulo es un misterio psicologico que se deja leer, no tiene una cantidad considerable de paginas y entretiene, sin embargo, no esta entre mis favoritos de Sebastian Fitzek, le falto " algo " que lo hiciera mas especial.

2.5 Estrellas!
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439 reviews79 followers
February 3, 2017
Not completely sure if any of what follows could be considered spoilers, but I'm not taking any chances . . .

Leon's life begins to unravel when his wife, Natalie, walks out on him. Or disappears. We don't know what actually occurred, and neither does Leon. (Spoiler: Even if you finish this one, you STILL may not know.) The story that follows has Leon trying to piece together what has happened -- but Leon is hindered by the fact that he has a sleep disorder that may or may not cause him to become violent. Or does he?

Yeah. That's pretty much how this book goes. Leon is crazy, no he's sane! Leon is dangerous, no he's being set up somehow! And on and on and on . . .

In addition to his supposed mental instability, Leon is also one of the least strong willed characters I've ever come across -- just reading about his waffling, his indecisiveness, his immediate willingness to believe the worst about himself was just so frustrating.

There are very few characters I didn't dislike -- actually, were any of them likable? And oh, the twists and turns, the dream within a dream within a dream, that all pretty much add up to . . . not much of anything.

Very disappointed -- I had such high hopes for this one.
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625 reviews96 followers
November 4, 2015
4,5 Sterne.

Wieder einmal konnte Fitzek mich nicht enttäuschen! Das ganze Buch über war ich mal wieder am spekulieren, während ich immer wieder gemerkt habe, wie sehr es Fitzek Spaß gemacht hat, mich in die Irre zu führen. Trotz alledem kam ein Teil der Auflösung nicht überraschend für mich. Ein anderer Teil umso mehr. Das Ende war einfach wie immer toll.
Ich muss auch nochmal Sebastians Schreibstil hervorheben. Ich finde es immer wieder erstaunlich, wie er es schafft, dass man als Leser Teil der meist absolut verworrenen Gedankenwelt des Protagonisten wird. Man selber fühlt sich einfach von Anfang an genauso verwirrt und hilflos wie Leon. Es gab wieder einige harte Szenen und ganz viele gruselige Momente. So wie ich das mag :D

Wie immer ist dieses Buch großes Thrillerkino mit ganz, ganz viel Sog. Für mich ist und bleibt Fitzek einfach DER Thrillerautor!
Da dies jedoch nicht mein liebstes Buch von Fitzek geworden ist und ich nicht vollkommen überrascht vom Ende war, schafft das Buch keine 5 Sterne. 4,5, da mich das Buch trotzdem begeistern konnte!

Übrigens musste ich bei der Danksagung mal wieder herzlich lachen. Ich liebe diesen Mann :D
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1,373 reviews11 followers
February 24, 2019
Bu adam bu konuları nereden buluyor gerçekten... Yine bir "nasıl yani" evresi yaşadım kitabın sonunda. Pesss diyorum sadece. Bu kitap cidden bilindik bir filme benziyor, adını söylesem büyük spo olur. Ama cidden, etik denen kavramın önemini anlıyorsunuz bence.
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459 reviews90 followers
March 5, 2019
la capacidad del autor para introducir al lector en la mente del protagonista es increíble.
Además, si le añades los giros inesperados en la historia, consigue un desarrollo intrigante.
Y la característica que tienen todos sus libros, de que a pesar de que todo parezca una locura, al final siempre se ofrece una explicación creíble a todo el proceso.
Me h mantenido enganchada todo el tiempo

Muy bueno
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59 reviews25 followers
April 5, 2021
Leon wacht eines Tages auf und merkt, dass seine Freundin Natalie verschwunden ist. Das junge Paar ist noch nicht lange verheiratet und Leon macht sich Sorgen, was seine Freundin dazu veranlasst hat. Bald schon merkt er, dass er schlafwandelt und gleichzeitig holt ihn seine Vergangenheit ein. War er der Grund für Natalies verschwinden? Hat er ihr während des Schlafwandelns etwas angetan? Es schein jeden Falls im Rahmen des Möglichen, da er sich kaum noch an Nächte erinnern, wo er geschlafwandelt hat.

Ein kurzweiliger und spannender Fitzek. Man war von der ersten Seite an gefesselt und konnte das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen, weil man unbedingt die Auflösung der ganzen Situation wissen wollte. Die Auflösung selbst war sehr unerwartet und auch interessant gemacht. Schön ist, dass Fitzek sich immer wieder in neue Themen reinliest und sie somit authentisch rüberbringen kann. In dieser Geschichte kommen nicht viele Menschen vor oder gar Ereignisse, man ist fast vollständig im Gefühlsleben des Protagonisten. Man weiß selbst nicht mehr was man von ihm halten soll, geschweige denn was wahr oder Einbildung ist.

Kleiner Kritikpunkt: Auf knapp 300 Seiten ist es ziemlich schwierig eine stetige Charakterentwicklung zu erschaffen. Mir blieb Leon aber auch sein Freund Sven zum Beispiel doch etwas zu fremd. Manchmal geschahen so viele Dinge nacheinander, dass ich auch gar nicht hinterherkam. Einerseits verdeutlichte es sehr gut wie verwirrt Leon war aber mir ging es manchmal etwas zu schnell. Es hätte der Geschichte nicht geschadet, wenn sie etwas ausführlicher erzählt wäre.

Insgesamt eine gelungene Unterhaltung. Die Geschichte ist nicht anspruchsvoll und dennoch mal etwas anderes als typische Thriller. Genau das, was man manchmal braucht!
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3,385 reviews978 followers
December 29, 2019
This is a brain bender of a novel- one I purchased after reading a list of best psychological thrillers and it messes with your head big time in a great way.

Surreal and insidiously creepy I devoured it in a couple of sittings. The ending is cleverly compelling and the journey there is addictively horrifying. Loved it.
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586 reviews324 followers
February 7, 2017
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Leon has suffered on and off from sleepwalking since his parents died when he was a child. After a violent episode while sleepwalking, he's started seeing a psychiatrist to help him stop. Through work with the psychiatrist, the sleepwalking incidents have stopped. Now, as an adult, he wakes up to find his wife Natalie badly beaten and packing a suitcase so she can flee their apartment. With no answers, he's worried that he's been sleepwalking again, and that her injuries are his fault. He decides to invest in a motion activated camera that he can wear to bed that will show him what happens at night. This sets off a whole chain of discoveries...

This book was SO trippy. Oh my gosh. There are so many moments where it's hard to tell if Leon is sleeping or awake, because he himself starts to lose a grip on reality. This book was like inception, but creepier. There were definitely moments that gave me goosebumps! I'm glad I didn't read this at night! From the first sentence of the book, I was completely hooked. I love when that happens! Sometimes it takes me a little while to get completely engaged, but that was not the case with The Nightwalker.

There aren't a ton of characters in the book, which was nice because it was easy to keep track of everyone, and it allowed the story to completely focus on Leon and his attempts to uncover what happened to Natalie and what he does while he's asleep. All I can say was, holy crap, that ending. I got the chills! I won't give anything away, but I loved it. I think it leaves some things up to reader interpretation, which can be hit or miss, but in this case, I think it worked perfectly with the rest of the book. I can't wait to chat with people about it!

This is the first book by Fitzek that I've ever read, and I definitely plan to check out more of his work.

The Nightwalker was originally published in German, and is now being published in English. The English version will be released on February 7, 2017, so be sure to check it out! Thank you to Netgalley, Sebastian Fitzek, and Pegasus Books for the opportunity to read this book in advance in exchange for an honest review!
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2,966 reviews631 followers
September 30, 2020
From the synopsis, we know that Leon Nader suffered from insomnia as a child and sought treatment. Now he is a well-adjusted adult who has put the past behind him. That is until he and his wife move into a new flat, the perfect flat and things begin to fall apart. After a disturbing incident, his wife disappears. The tale that follows was deliciously dark and twisted as Leon fits a motion-activated camera on his head.

Fitzek slowly build up the suspense, and in Leon, he gave us an unreliable narrator. I love unreliable narrators and navigating the murky waters of their thoughts. The Nightwalker grabbed me from the very first chapter. I needed to know what happen. Was Leon to blame? Is he in fact sleepwalking again? The deeper Fitzek took me into this dark story the more I had to listen. Just when I thought I had things figured out, we navigated around a corner and I was uncertain again. I love when a story can thrill me like that.

Leon was likable enough and while there are secondary characters present, they are only fleshed out as far as Leon’s thoughts and perceptions of them. I thought this was clever. Someone from Leon’s past provides clues that had Leon and the reader spinning.

At times, the tale was very dark and there are moments of violence. What made things interesting is that the reader is not sure if things actually happen or if Leon is dreaming/imagining them. Maybe he is stark raving mad! Usually, I can see a plot twist coming, but I was surprised when we reached the climactic reveal. The ending was quite the thrill and left me with a shiver.

The narrator Robert Glenister did a wonderful job of bringing Leon to life, and taking him through the story. Through his tones, he amplified Leon’s uncertainty, anxiety and anxiousness. It was brilliant really.

Review first appeared at Caffeinated Reviewer
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999 reviews
September 18, 2020


Ich hab ja vor Ewigkeiten mal Splitter gelesen/gehört, dass mich ziemlich abgeschreckt hat von Sebastian Fitzek.

Der Inhalt von "Der Nachtwandler" hat mich aber dann doch neugierig gemacht.
Schon der Einstieg mit der Kakerlake war wirklich eklig. Man verfolgt Leon Nander mit seinem Schlafwandlerproblem, wie er eine Kopfkamara befestigt um seine nächtlichen Aktivitäten zu erforschen und er sieht wie er eine Geheimtür in seinem Schlafzimmer öffnet...
Am Ende muss man dann alles wieder einmal, zweimal umdenken, wird alles was man glaubt umgeschmissen, aber im Gegensatz zu Splitter fand ich hier die Wendungen gut oder nennen wir sie lieber faszinierend.
Auf jeden Fall ein spannendes Buch, das man recht schnell durch hat, weil man wissen will was es jetzt wirklich auf sich hat mit Leon und seiner Freundin.

Fazit: Ich werd wohl noch einen anderen Fitzek lesen müssen, da mir "Der Nachtwandler" wirklich ausgesprochen gut gefallen hat.

4.25 Sterne
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388 reviews96 followers
October 31, 2019
I think maybe I'm done with Sebastian Fitzek?

The first 150 pages of this one were so damn creepy and I was completely sucked into the story but the ending (or more like the epilogue) *really* ruined things for me. I feel like the stories are always super unique and well thought out and then it's always the same ending.
I wish I would find a thriller I really love soon, it's getting annoying.
Profile Image for Elif Nur.
24 reviews
December 8, 2021
Kesinlikle ilk 5 favori kitaplarım arasına girmeyi başaran bir yapıt oldu. Neredeyse her bölümü okurken "Ne?" " Nasıl olur?" demekten kendimi alamadım. :) Özellikle son sayfalarda...

Kitabın sonunu asla tahmin edemezdim. Resmen şok üzerine şok yaşadım.

Kitap, zaten tüm bölümlerde asla durmayan gizemli olaylar sayesinde çok akıcı bir hâl alıyor ve elinizden bırakamıyorsunuz. Mutlaka alın ve okuyun derim.

Not: Artık her gece uyuduğumda aklıma bu kitap gelecek.😂
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5 reviews5 followers
April 6, 2021
Der Nachtwandler ist ein super Psychothriller. Ich hab bis jetzt nie sowas gelesen aber die Schreibweise und die Handlung war einfach gut.
Es wurde Spannend gehalten bis zum Schluss. Sollte man mal gelesen haben.
Profile Image for Esra.
195 reviews83 followers
November 11, 2018
Uyurgezer yazardan okuduğum 3. kitap ve kesinlikle içlerinden en iyisi.

Kitabın çoğu kısmını ürpererek okudum. Karakterin uyku felci geçirdiğinden bahsettiği yerlerde kitabı elimden bıraktım çünkü ben de seneler boyunca uyku felci geçirmiş bir insanım. Okuması bile hoşuma gitmiyor.

Terapi kitabında sonunu tahmin etmiştim ve bütün heyecanı, sürprizi kaçmıştı benim için. Ama bu kitapta hiçbir şeyi doğru tahmin edemedim ve bu da kitabı benim için daha da mükemmel yaptı. Son bölümler şok ediciydi. Düşündükçe tüylerim diken diken oluyor. Özellikle o son kısım... O neydi öyle? Aslında gerçek olan neydi? Kafamda deli sorular.
Günlerce bu kitap üzerine düşeneceğim ama sorularım yine de yanıtsız kalacak sanırım.

Çok güzel ve etkileyici bir kitaptı. Bu türde favorim diyebilirim.

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