Are you sleeping intentionally

Who are you when you sleep

The nightwalker
by Sebastian Fitzek

Rated 3 stars

This night holds nothing good in store for Leon: Trapped in sleep paralysis, he has to watch a cockroach try to crawl into his mouth. When he finally manages to free himself from this nightmare, an even greater horror awaits him: his wife Natalie is marked by traces of severe abuse and is just packing her things to leave him. She gets into the elevator, but when Leon arrives at the same time as him on the ground floor, it is empty. What happened? And where is Natalie now? Has he slept again after many years? Leon installs a camera that films his movements in his sleep. What he sees makes him doubt his own being ...

The prologue of the book already raises numerous questions. A man who has just been admitted to the mental health department tells the nurse that the evidence is in him and then swallows a battery. Who is he? Why was he hospitalized? And why does he intentionally swallow a battery?

After the short prologue, the plot jumps back a few days and you get to know Leon, whose life is just turning into a nightmare. The number of open questions increases with each page. How did Natalie get her injuries? And where did she go after she left the apartment? With his decision to film himself while sleeping, the shudder begins. Leon makes incredible discoveries and finally has to ask himself how great is the danger that he poses for others as a nightwalker. Can his awake me stop him?

The first half of the book dragged on a little too long for my taste. After his search for Natalie and his first discoveries of what he does in his sleep, half of the book was up. None of the hundred questions I asked myself had yet been answered, and the twists and turns of the book did not surprise me too much. The story is heading straight for the big bang that may come.

In the second half, the book was able to captivate me more. The plot comes to a head, there are dramatic scenes and big surprises. Although the story has few characters, it required concentration to follow the story and to distinguish the different levels on which the plot takes place. In the end, within just a few pages, all of the questions I asked were answered satisfactorily.

“Der Nachwandler” starts out mixed and was only able to captivate me in the second half of the book, in which the story then had surprises and twists and turns. In my opinion, that could have been a little better distributed. Nevertheless, the latest book by Sebastian Fitzek is an exciting psychological thriller that deals with the abysses of the human soul, offers horror potential and also a little action and is certainly worth reading for fans of the German psychological thriller.