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This mesmerizing ebook 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 This mesmerizing ebook 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.


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This mesmerizing ebook 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 This mesmerizing ebook 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.

30 review for the premonition/prequel to the sleepwalker (book .5)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    This is the short prequel to Chris Bohjalian's The Sleepwalker. I enjoyed this, but am left wondering how it compares to The Sleepwalker - which is a full novel, and is getting so many less-than-wonderful reviews. The young girl in this novel, seventeen, has a premonition of an event that will have an impact on her relatively small town, and specifically on one family. The same young girl is the daughter of a sleepwalker. When her mother goes sleepwalking twice one summer when the husband is awa This is the short prequel to Chris Bohjalian's The Sleepwalker. I enjoyed this, but am left wondering how it compares to The Sleepwalker - which is a full novel, and is getting so many less-than-wonderful reviews. The young girl in this novel, seventeen, has a premonition of an event that will have an impact on her relatively small town, and specifically on one family. The same young girl is the daughter of a sleepwalker. When her mother goes sleepwalking twice one summer when the husband is away on business. The first time, her actions lead them, her, to be the talk of the town, people driving slowly past their house to take in what her mother had done. The second time, though, was another story. More of a cautionary tale. There's another family who are new to the area that they befriend, the daughters somewhat begrudgingly. Their two stories are somewhat entangled and I imagine where this ends is more or less where The Sleepwalker begins. By itself, this is a little less than satisfying - the ending seems to be left too open unless you are sure you want to read The Sleepwalker. Since I haven't read it, I'm not sure how this ties into The Sleepwalker.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Howard

    3 Stars for The Premonition: A Short Story Prequel to The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian read by Cady McClain. This was a interesting story. I read The Sleepwalker some time ago and I thought reading this might jog my memory about how that story went, but it didn’t really.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This short prequel is a wonderful introduction to Chris Bohjalian's "The Sleepwalker". Quick, creepy and leaves you wanting more! This short prequel is a wonderful introduction to Chris Bohjalian's "The Sleepwalker". Quick, creepy and leaves you wanting more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    2 stars--it was OK. I read this because I really enjoyed The Sleepwalker, and it was nice to visit Lianna again (a character I was fond of in that book). However, I don't think this added anything at all to the novel or its characters, and generally seemed unnecessary. 2 stars--it was OK. I read this because I really enjoyed The Sleepwalker, and it was nice to visit Lianna again (a character I was fond of in that book). However, I don't think this added anything at all to the novel or its characters, and generally seemed unnecessary.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Shrouded in foreshadowing and laced with supernatural elements this tale introduces us to sleepwalking and premonitions. This is classic Bohjalian, and I cannot wait to crack open 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 we Shrouded in foreshadowing and laced with supernatural elements this tale introduces us to sleepwalking and premonitions. This is classic Bohjalian, and I cannot wait to crack open 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. Copy provided by publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Can't wait to dive into The Sleepwalker now! Can't wait to dive into The Sleepwalker now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Crowe

    Excellent! Now I can't wait for the book!! Excellent! Now I can't wait for the book!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    This is the prequel to Sleepwalker and as I was planning on reading Sleepwalker, I opted to read this first. It's in 1st POV of the daughter of the Sleepwalker. At this point in time she's 17 which may explain why this felt rambling and pointless. I was bored with all the content and it took 5 days just to get through this. I kept putting it down. Shouldn't prequels have a point? Shouldn't they make you want to read the actual book? Now I'm wondering if I want to read Sleepwalker after all. This is the prequel to Sleepwalker and as I was planning on reading Sleepwalker, I opted to read this first. It's in 1st POV of the daughter of the Sleepwalker. At this point in time she's 17 which may explain why this felt rambling and pointless. I was bored with all the content and it took 5 days just to get through this. I kept putting it down. Shouldn't prequels have a point? Shouldn't they make you want to read the actual book? Now I'm wondering if I want to read Sleepwalker after all.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Some great background for those who've read The Sleepwalker or a nice intro to that book. Quick and enjoyable read. Some great background for those who've read The Sleepwalker or a nice intro to that book. Quick and enjoyable read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is a prequel to Chris's new novel The Sleepwalker due in January. It gives some background to the soon to be released novel and makes you rush to Amazon to pre-order the novel. I read the novel first and then the short story. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I was still entranced by the author's ability to foreshadow his novel just enough but not too much. It introduced the characters and the main premise of the story and told about one incident, that happened several years befo This is a prequel to Chris's new novel The Sleepwalker due in January. It gives some background to the soon to be released novel and makes you rush to Amazon to pre-order the novel. I read the novel first and then the short story. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I was still entranced by the author's ability to foreshadow his novel just enough but not too much. It introduced the characters and the main premise of the story and told about one incident, that happened several years before the novel starts, where the mom sleepwalks and how much the family is upset with her nocturnal wanderings. You should try to read it before you read the novel and now that the novel has been published, you won't have to wait. Whether you read it before or after, it's still an amazing short story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the very short prequel to the novel The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. I read this novella and the novel on the same day, so it is hard to not compare them. I liked this short novella better than the the full length book that followed. This was intriguing and it was a nice little set up for the coming novel. It left me eager to start The Sleepwalker. So 4 stars because I think this accomplished its intended purpose. This is the very short prequel to the novel The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. I read this novella and the novel on the same day, so it is hard to not compare them. I liked this short novella better than the the full length book that followed. This was intriguing and it was a nice little set up for the coming novel. It left me eager to start The Sleepwalker. So 4 stars because I think this accomplished its intended purpose.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Oooooo, tantalizing! I specifically waited to read this short story prequel to Bohjalian's new book, The Sleepwalker, until it was out because I knew it would leave me in agony waiting for the rest of the story. I typically steer clear of books that are haunting or eerie, mostly because I read at night, and being the empathic person that I am (it's a blessing and a curse), I would never sleep. However, Bohjalian is just unavoidable for me. I love his words, his style, his astonishing endings. I Oooooo, tantalizing! I specifically waited to read this short story prequel to Bohjalian's new book, The Sleepwalker, until it was out because I knew it would leave me in agony waiting for the rest of the story. I typically steer clear of books that are haunting or eerie, mostly because I read at night, and being the empathic person that I am (it's a blessing and a curse), I would never sleep. However, Bohjalian is just unavoidable for me. I love his words, his style, his astonishing endings. I am drawn in and holding my breath throughout the entirety of his stories. Enough ramblings...must go read The Sleepwalker!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Great short prequel to The Sleepwalker. Actually I would call it more a teaser than a prequel, because as soon as I finished reading it I wanted to get my hands on The Sleepwalker right away. Hopefully I will soon. Great short prequel to The Sleepwalker. Actually I would call it more a teaser than a prequel, because as soon as I finished reading it I wanted to get my hands on The Sleepwalker right away. Hopefully I will soon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Denise Mullins

    Told through the eyes of Lianna, a junior magician and stoner in the mid 1990s, this story takes on a variety of moods and emotions in its all-too brief existence that will leave readers yearning for more. Set in the bucolic suburbs of Vermont, a freak accident, new neighbors, and a puzzling parental proclivity provide a tension- filled tale full of elements that- although eerie- are totally believable. Clearly, this is due to the skillful writing and sensitivity of Chris Bohjalian, a master sto Told through the eyes of Lianna, a junior magician and stoner in the mid 1990s, this story takes on a variety of moods and emotions in its all-too brief existence that will leave readers yearning for more. Set in the bucolic suburbs of Vermont, a freak accident, new neighbors, and a puzzling parental proclivity provide a tension- filled tale full of elements that- although eerie- are totally believable. Clearly, this is due to the skillful writing and sensitivity of Chris Bohjalian, a master storyteller who can create a sense of ominous foreboding that alternates with glimpses of compassion and salvation. Strongly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mel Raschke

    Always a good read. This is one of my favorite authors

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Great little beach read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Since I'll be reading The Sleepwalker for one of my book clubs & I discovered this book is the prequel (Anybody who knows me knows I'm a sucker for series & MUST read them in order.), I read this first. Very short & good background for The Sleepwalker. Told from the point of view of a 17-year-old girl, so a bit angst-filled, but I'm glad I read it. Since I'll be reading The Sleepwalker for one of my book clubs & I discovered this book is the prequel (Anybody who knows me knows I'm a sucker for series & MUST read them in order.), I read this first. Very short & good background for The Sleepwalker. Told from the point of view of a 17-year-old girl, so a bit angst-filled, but I'm glad I read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    4.5 as I'm hooked, totally hooked, and can't wait to finish the story that continues in "The Sleepwalker." I can't remember ever reading a short (79 pages) prequel like this before. 4.5 as I'm hooked, totally hooked, and can't wait to finish the story that continues in "The Sleepwalker." I can't remember ever reading a short (79 pages) prequel like this before.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Doyle

    The Premonition is a 44-page prequel to The Sleepwalker that leaves me really looking forward to reading that next book. It begins with the story of 17-year-old Lianna and the peculiar happenings in her life, including the strange activities – she calls them quirky – of her sleepwalking mother. The last page aptly sets the stage for the next book. It’s good, it’s very good!

  20. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    On a rainy evening in rural Vermont, a teenager thinks she has a PREMONITION before lightning kills two horses at a nearby farm. At home, her mother does bizarre things while sleepwalking. Nearby, an odd boy obsesses about medieval times. This prequel to to Chris Bohjalian's upcoming novel THE SLEEPWALKER piqued my interest with interesting characters and flawless writing. On a rainy evening in rural Vermont, a teenager thinks she has a PREMONITION before lightning kills two horses at a nearby farm. At home, her mother does bizarre things while sleepwalking. Nearby, an odd boy obsesses about medieval times. This prequel to to Chris Bohjalian's upcoming novel THE SLEEPWALKER piqued my interest with interesting characters and flawless writing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rae Davies

    No. No way do I have time to listen to this story - however it short it may be - drone on and on. The narrator cannot even be blamed for it, though she sounded too "forced". I listened to this intentionally before listening to The Sleepwalker, since it's a prequel. I'm highly debating on listening to that at all now. If it is anything like the prequel, I will fall asleep at my desk. No. No way do I have time to listen to this story - however it short it may be - drone on and on. The narrator cannot even be blamed for it, though she sounded too "forced". I listened to this intentionally before listening to The Sleepwalker, since it's a prequel. I'm highly debating on listening to that at all now. If it is anything like the prequel, I will fall asleep at my desk.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a short prequel which whet my appetite for Chris Bohjalian's nest novel, The Sleepwalker. The characters were well-developed for a short work, and as always, the writing pulls you in quickly. I can't wait to read the novel! This is a short prequel which whet my appetite for Chris Bohjalian's nest novel, The Sleepwalker. The characters were well-developed for a short work, and as always, the writing pulls you in quickly. I can't wait to read the novel!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    If this short story was written to get me excited for "The Sleepwalker," mission accomplished! If this short story was written to get me excited for "The Sleepwalker," mission accomplished!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gerry Durisin

    Whetting my appetite for Chris's newest novel, The Sleepwalker, which is coming out in January! Great story, left me eager for more. Whetting my appetite for Chris's newest novel, The Sleepwalker, which is coming out in January! Great story, left me eager for more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    This brief story makes me so excited to read The Sleepwalker!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy (ebookkat)

    I accidentally found “The Premonition” by Chris Bohjalian while searching the library for “The Sleepwalker” which was written by the same author. I need to read “The Sleepwalker” for a bookclub I belong to. I discovered that “The Premonition” is a short story prequel to “The Sleepwalker. It was published before “The Sleepwalker”, so I decided to read it first. I am writing this review having finished reading “The Premonition”, but not having read “The Sleepwalker” yet. I don’t know if it is impo I accidentally found “The Premonition” by Chris Bohjalian while searching the library for “The Sleepwalker” which was written by the same author. I need to read “The Sleepwalker” for a bookclub I belong to. I discovered that “The Premonition” is a short story prequel to “The Sleepwalker. It was published before “The Sleepwalker”, so I decided to read it first. I am writing this review having finished reading “The Premonition”, but not having read “The Sleepwalker” yet. I don’t know if it is important to read “The Premonition” first, but I am glad that I did. It was a very captivating book that held my interest. I now am more anxious to read and discuss “The Sleepwalker” book with other bookclub members.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karalee Coleman

    Every time I see one of Mr. Bohjalian's books on a list I think, "Oh, I should read that." I don't know why - someone must have praised him to me at some point, because I don't remember any prior personal experience of his work. Anyway, I finally decided to bite the bullet. The Sleepwalker has good reviews, and this short story is a prequel to it, so it seemed like a good place to start. Well, it was! Good writing, good characterization, and some interesting problems for the YA narrator to deal Every time I see one of Mr. Bohjalian's books on a list I think, "Oh, I should read that." I don't know why - someone must have praised him to me at some point, because I don't remember any prior personal experience of his work. Anyway, I finally decided to bite the bullet. The Sleepwalker has good reviews, and this short story is a prequel to it, so it seemed like a good place to start. Well, it was! Good writing, good characterization, and some interesting problems for the YA narrator to deal with. So I'll queue up The Sleepwalker and a few more of his works, and have something to look forward to.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie French

    Is every book from this decade about drugs, sex, or violence? Geeeeeeezzzzz. Enough already. This book has the protagonist being on a constant high like that is a totally normal thing to do... even while just hanging out with her family. Yep, mom and dad are just fine with it. I wonder if they can even tell if when she's high or not? Or are they so high too that they can't tell themselves? Unbelievable. Just so tired of people try to treat this crap like it's good and healthy. If it's their norm Is every book from this decade about drugs, sex, or violence? Geeeeeeezzzzz. Enough already. This book has the protagonist being on a constant high like that is a totally normal thing to do... even while just hanging out with her family. Yep, mom and dad are just fine with it. I wonder if they can even tell if when she's high or not? Or are they so high too that they can't tell themselves? Unbelievable. Just so tired of people try to treat this crap like it's good and healthy. If it's their normal, well, I feel sad for them. Going thru life living on the edges because most of the time, according to the book, you're not really even there is just sad, sad, sad. Ugh.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dori Sabourin

    A Sense of Dread Lianna has premonitions which she calls dread. The first one shows, in her imagination, two downed wires but instead of her mother being electrocuted, the new neighbor's two horses are killed. The sense of dread is so deeply ingrained in her, that she transfers it to her mother who is a sleepwalker. After a sleepwalking incident when her mother almost throws herself, naked off a bridge, for nearly four years, the sleepwalking incidents seem to stop. Will the Sleep Center at the U A Sense of Dread Lianna has premonitions which she calls dread. The first one shows, in her imagination, two downed wires but instead of her mother being electrocuted, the new neighbor's two horses are killed. The sense of dread is so deeply ingrained in her, that she transfers it to her mother who is a sleepwalker. After a sleepwalking incident when her mother almost throws herself, naked off a bridge, for nearly four years, the sleepwalking incidents seem to stop. Will the Sleep Center at the University hospital prove to beneficial to Lianna and Paige's mother?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dori Sabourin

    A Sense of Dread Lianna has premonitions which she calls dread. The first one shows, in her imagination, two downed wires but instead of her mother being electrocuted, the new neighbor's two horses are killed. The sense of dread is so deeply ingrained in her, that she transfers it to her mother who is a sleepwalker. After a sleepwalking incident when her mother almost throws herself, naked off a bridge, for nearly four years, the sleepwalking incidents seem to stop. Will the Sleep Center at the U A Sense of Dread Lianna has premonitions which she calls dread. The first one shows, in her imagination, two downed wires but instead of her mother being electrocuted, the new neighbor's two horses are killed. The sense of dread is so deeply ingrained in her, that she transfers it to her mother who is a sleepwalker. After a sleepwalking incident when her mother almost throws herself, naked off a bridge, for nearly four years, the sleepwalking incidents seem to stop. Will the Sleep Center at the University hospital prove to beneficial to Lianna and Paige's mother?

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