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Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite
September 11, 2001, was a tragic date for many Americans, but the murders that occurred afterward were terrifying for Allison MacKenna. She barely survived the killer's rage. Ten years later, MacKenna is married to a man who lost his first wife in one of the Towers on 9/11. She, Mack, and their three children have moved to a wealthy Westchester County housing development. They are dealing with Mack's new promotion, which keeps him from his family more often, and with his insomnia. Soon, they will deal with a problem far worse. The man arrested a decade ago has died, and soon after, new murders occur, and the killer is using the signature of the original killer. When the deaths hit closer to home, Allison faces a terrifying situation. Can she trust the man she married? With the new drugs he is taking, he is sleepwalking, but is he committing heinous acts without realizing it?
You don't have to read Staub's "Nightwatcher" before you read this book but it might help you to get a better sense of the main character. With "Sleepwalker", there are some interesting sneaky twists and turns. I enjoyed the personal angles with the MacKenna's rediscovering old friends and a cop hoping his wife will recover from a coma. Staub keeps you guessing and weaves a plausible scenario for a few possible killers. And just when you think the story is over, she sets up for the next novel with a very surprising revelation. This one is a nail biter. My only hitch is that she interrupts most of her scenes with flashbacks or recollections of recent conversations. The scenes with the killer are delightfully evil. I'll be interested to see where she takes her characters next.