Wendy Corsi Staub
Harper, 2012, 403 Pages
ISBN No. 978-0062070302
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
Wendy Corsi Staub’s novels are very addictive if the reader is looking for great characters, a lot of suspense and don’t mind a little cliffhanger at the end. Sleepwalker is the second novel in a trilogy with Allison Taylor now Allison MacKenna as the central character.
Allison met her husband Mack MacKenna when she had an apartment across from Mack and his wife in New York. Mack’s wife was killed in the 9-11 tragedy and Allison suffered a tragedy of her own at that time. She discovered the body of Kristina Haines, another resident in the apartment building. Kristina had been brutally murdered. Jerry Thompson, a maintenance man in the apartment building, was convicted of Kristina’s murder and sentenced to prison.
Allison and Mack eventually married and now have a wonderful family. Now it is announced on the news that Jerry Thompson has committed suicide and suspicious things begin happening to Allison. She feels that someone has invaded her space but who or how this can happen, she has no idea. Mack is taking medication for his insomnia and Allison catches him walking in his sleep one night. Allison fights back the thoughts that Mack may be the cause of some of the strange little things that are happening.
When Bob Lewis, Allison’s neighbor who is out of town, contacts Allison and asks that she go next door and check on his wife Phyllis, Allison agrees. On arriving at the Lewis’ home Allison finds that Phyllis has been murdered and in the same manner as Kristina ten years before.
So the nightmare begins again for Allison and her family. Detective Rocky Manzillo, the detective who originally investigated Kristina’s death, is called in on the case even though his wife is very ill. It seems that Jerry Thompson is speaking from the grave to those who found him guilty letting all involved know that there is still someone out there who won’t be satisfied until Allison and all involved are punished.
The last book in the trilogy is Shadowkiller. I am waiting anxiously for the release of this third book. I would suggest that readers start with the first book in the trilogy but I think the author gives enough background in Sleepwalker to make it an enjoyable read even though you have not read the first book.