Book Review: The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates

Today I’m posting a recent review I did for Suspense Magazine. This was one of the creepiest YA books I’ve ever read, but I really liked it. The Sleepwalkers will be released in October 2011 by HCI Teens.

For high school graduate Caleb Mason, life couldn’t be better. He has the perfect girlfriend, college is waiting for him in the fall and he’s leaving in a few weeks to spend the summer in Africa, writing about the Aids epidemic as a young journalist. But on the night of his graduation party, Caleb receives a strange letter from an old childhood friend, Christine, which prompts him to change his entire summer’s plans.

Caleb and his best friend, Bean, take a road trip to Caleb’s childhood home in Florida to see what Christine’s letter truly meant. When they arrive, they find that things are not what they used to be. Caleb’s father has gone missing and hundreds of people have disappeared, and somehow it all centers on an old asylum that’s been reopened. As Caleb and Bean embark on a bone-chilling search for the truth, they uncover a conspiracy that could involve the end of the world.

I was extremely impressed with how vivid Gates’ descriptions were. Every time I closed my eyes, I could easily see ghostly figures in white approaching—eyes tightly closed as though they were dreaming—or their demonic faces when they captured their prey. Gates begins this YA novel with a sense of foreboding that carries through the rest of the story and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire way. “The Sleepwalkers” is the perfect horror story to tell around a campfire or read on a stormy night—as long as you don’t forget to leave the lamp or flashlight on when you go to sleep.

And here’s a bit more about the author:

J. Gabriel Gates has published The Tracks: Dark Territory Book 1 with co-author Charlene Keel, and now The Sleepwalkers. To follow Gates’ blog or read all his latest happenings, you can visit his website here.

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