by Sebastian Fitzek
Published by: Audible
Narrator: Robert Glenister
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a nightwalker, 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 flat 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 was totally in the mood for a good thriller and selected, The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek, narrated by Robert Glenister. Both men were new to me, but the synopsis drew me in and I was delighted with this creeptastically twisted tale.
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.
The Nightwalker is perfect for those who crave a dark thriller. Fans of You, Mara Deyer, and The Night Strangers will find this has similar tones.
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