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....
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"A taut psychological thriller set against the backdrop of modern Berlin." (The Times on Splinter)
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Inception." (Guardian on Splinter)
"Fitzek's thrillers are breathtaking and full of wild twists." (Harlan Coben)
Surreal out of mind monolog that just wont stop. after the 6th chapter you wonder where it is going. after the 29th I have up and dont care. first audiobook I had to turn off. Not quiet Brett Easton Ellis but wants to be. terrible.
"Confusing but intriguing"
Narrator is great and really made this worth sticking to. Story goes back and forth between the main character's waking and sleep walking and gets confusing. The end doesn't clear that up.
This book was creeptastic! I am a huge fan of audio books because it allows me to do one of my favorite things while working around my house or running errands. I saw a review for this book on a fellow bloggers page, and immediately had to purchase it. I am so glad I did. I sucked it up in one day. Poor kids tried to talk to me with ear buds in my ears all day....Hmm, now maybe now they know how it feels as a mom to speak to them...
The very first chapter, had me squirming. Bugs......that's all I will say.
Psychological thrillers trip me out. Our minds are so complex and amazing, and at the same time can be scary. Things that make you go "hmmm".
Leon finds himself waking up from a nightmare to find his wife is packing her things and crying. When he sees her face all beat up he is horrified. Did he do it? Has his condition come back?
Leon decided to buy a camera to hook to his head to see what is going on at night while he sleeps. When he wakes the next day to watch the film he finds something in his house and gets pulled into an underground world. The problem is Leon cannot decide if what is happening is real or if it's all a bad dream.
The story is absolutely fascinating. Even I was questioning what was happening to Leon. Sometimes I didn't even know if what I was listening to was Leon being conscious of his behaviors or in some kind of in between sleep and consciousness state.
Leon finds clues that his wife didn't actually leave but is missing, and this door he has found in his room is going to lead him to her somehow. Leon finds out that his wife isn't who he thought she was, but he still loves her and is desperate to find her.
First he finds her cell phone. Then he finds his pen, that was on his desk. The more clues he finds the more Leon is convinced that he himself has put Natalie in danger, and may in fact be responsible for her disappearance.
As this story unfolds I was constantly saying "what the what".....Just when I thought something made sense something else would happen that made me question my own judgement of what was happening. I love it when a book does that to me.
The ending was as fantastic as the beginning. I was caught off guard, surprised, and it was awesome. If you like psychological thrillers this is a great one to pick up. Plus the narrator is awesome and has a sweet accent that I could have listened to for hours. In fact, as soon as I was done with this book I immediately bought another one of his books with the same narrator. I love the way this author's mind works. It is so mind blowing to hear it played out in a book.
"A mind bending thriller"
My head is still spinning thinking about this terrific book. I found it very well written, fast paced, and complex. Just what is a sleepwalker capable of when in a sleep state? Perhaps a more difficult question is how can you tell which is the sleep state and which is awake?
As main character Leon searches frantically for answers, he leads the reader down a trail that has twist and literal turns, right up to the startling end.
Very impressed with the writing, the translation and the narration!
This was a very fast paced, keep-em-guessing type story that I thoroughly enjoyed! I found the plot line to be a bit over-complicated at times, but I was still so caught up in this story that I listened to the entire thing in only two evenings. I plan on checking out more of Sebastian Fitzek's titles, especially if they are also narrated by Robert Glenister. I found his engaging style of narrating to be the perfect compliment to the gradual 'what the?!' unfolding of the story and was certainly a factor in my enjoyment of this audiobook. Definitely recommend!
"Same but different....in a good way."
I have quickly become a fan of Sebastian Fitzek's work. Though I'd have to say that 'Therapy' is my favorite thus far, 'The Night Walker' was entertaining to say the least. I've come to expect that although his books mostly center around deep psychological issues, the nature of each psychosis keeps you guessing until the very end.You might think you've figured out what's going on and then a minute later, something else happens that blows your hypothesis to smithereens. The characters are always well-rounded and developed, the dialogue interesting and plot is steeped in mystery. Robert Glenister is a superb narrator, though I don't feel he fit the part of the main character quite as well as he did in 'Therapy.' All in all, if you're looking for a mind-bender that is as dark as it is mysterious, you won't be disappointed. I'd listen to it again.
Not in this lifetime.
An emphatic no.
The narrator's reading was overwrought and hyper dramatic.
Not that I can think of.
I hope I can forget this book soon. I wish I hadn't forced myself to finish it. Sometimes. You should just cut your losses.
"What a disappointment"
I love this author but this was dreadful.
I got 1 hour 30 minutes from the end and decided I just couldn't finish it. One week later I felt in a good enough mood to continue but I shouldn't have bothered.
The narrator as always was brilliant.
Really enjoyed this audio book, keeps you guessing till the end. Very unusual story, mind based as you would expect but could not stop listening.
"A bit too gory and confusing..."
After listening to Therapy which was absolutely brilliant, I was really keen to start listening to another one of Sebastian Fitzek's thrillers.
I wasn't too sure about this one.
Narration was fantastic.
"Not Fitzek's best work"
I've read / listened to most of Sebastian's books. While I've enjoyed every single one I do feel like this is one of his weakest stories.
With his other books there always was a bit of suspense and head scratching. However with the Nightwalker it seemed a little but far fetched from the start. Then the conclusion seemed like a bit of a cop out.
Not a bad book but not up there with the likes of Passenger 23.
"Good, confusing, ...but good!"
Narrator was brilliant, as ever, with a complicated, or more accurately, confusing story that still left me a bit puzzled at the end. However I thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as all the other Sebastian Fitzek novels I have read/listened to..would recommend without hesitation if you like intriguing psychological thrillers..!
I enjoyed this book, it kept you guessing right until the end until the end.
"A very narrow storyline - few characters."
To be honest I don't usually give bad reviews. But I do give honest ones, and this book was extremely average, if I am being generous. Robert's performance was fantastic as always, but the story was boring and uninteresting. Fitzek is usually the master of gripping psychological thrillers, but I guess even the best have their off days. Certainly not what I would have expected from Fitzek. Narrator did his job but even with some decent narrating even Robert Glenister couldn't save this book from the 'vanilla' and 'quite boring' testimony it was headed for. A shame.
I wasn't too sure about this book at the start, but as it unfolded you get drawn in wanting to know exactly what is happening to the main character. the ending was definitely not an ending I expected.
I can't work out what exactly happened in this book, it's either an extremely clever thriller or is trying to be really clever, but I can't actually work out which because in the end, I didn't know what was real and what wasn't. It was very claustrophobic, being set in 1 building the entire book which I didn't enjoy. As always, Robert Glenister was superb narration.
I loved this story from being to end, fast paced with lots of twists and turns, brilliant plot with brilliant narration
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