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The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates
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Jul 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-lit

Finally, a young adult horror novel that is just the right level of, well, horrifying. Caleb, formerly known as Billy, receives a mysterious letter from a childhood friend and takes off from his home in California to the small Florida town where he grew up. He's accompanied by Bean, his best friend and comic relief, but the mystery deepens when Caleb discovers that his father has disappeared along with "hundreds" of others. (Which is odd, since the population of the town is 123--where did the hundreds of missing folks come from? But I digress.) I literally had to walk away from the book at points because I got too nervous for the characters (reminding myself they weren't, in fact, real people) or reread parts because I blasted through them in my hurry to see what happened next. The characters are well-developed, the plot twists are surprising, and the writing is rich and engaging. I can't wait to recommend this book to the teens who complain that there are no "scary" books. And then I'll dare them to sleep with the lights off.
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message 1: by Angel (new)

Angel This is the BEST book review that I've read in a long time. I loathe horror, but now I want to read this one. Ack!


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