by Chris Bohjalian
Published by: Random House
Narrator: Cady McClain
Length: 1 hour and 29 minutes
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
This mesmerizing original short story—a prequel to The Sleepwalker—from Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Sandcastle Girls and The Guest Room, tells the tale of one strange summer when a pair of horses die, an odd boy moves to a small Vermont town, and a woman rises from her bed and disappears into the night.
Lianna Ahlberg is seventeen when a thunderstorm snaps a power line to the earth, electrifying the ground, the rain spreading the current like wildfire across the wet grass. Two horses are killed in the nearby field, unnerving the neighbors, upsetting the peculiar boy who has just moved in, and filling Lianna with a deep and abiding sense of dread. This is not the first unusual thing to happen that summer—a summer when Lianna’s mother begins to sleepwalk in the smallest hours of morning—and it will not be the last.
I have read nearly all of Chris Bohjalian novels and have loved them. The Sleepwalker was on my December reading list when the opportunity presented itself to review The Premonition. I could not resist. This is a very short prequel narrated by Cady McClain on audio and available as an eBook. Bohjalian takes the reader to a quiet Vermont town and shares the events of one summer.
Shrouded in foreshadowing and laced with supernatural like elements this tale introduces us to sleepwalking and premonitions. The story that unfolds is classic Bohjalian. It pulled me in and left me eager to continue the story in The Sleepwalker.
Bohjalian gives us glimpses into the life of a young girl who experiences a premonition before a bizarre electrical accident, a mother who does strange things while sleepwalking and an odd little boy who obsesses over medieval times. The author delights in sharing these prequels with us, and I find they wet my palate and prepare me for the main course.
The author also seamlessly shares information about sleepwalking and how it impacts the entire family. He left me wildly curious about Lianna’s premonition and the strange young boy.
Cady McClain did an excellent job narrating, and I am almost sorry I didn’t wait for the audio of The Sleepwalker.The Premonition by Chris Bohjalian sets the stage for his newest release The Sleepwalker Click To Tweet
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