Written by Joseph Knox
Number 3 in Aidan Waits Thriller
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Original Language: English
Read from 2020-05-06 to 2020-05-21
Read in English
Review: I went into The Sleepwalker really wanting to like it a lot. After The Smiling Man I was excited to see where the story would go next, or, rather, to see what Aidan Waits would do next. Unfortunately The Sleepwalker didn’t quite satisfy me in the way I hoped it would.
It’s possible that this book would have worked better for me if it had been read immediately after the previous one. While I recalled that Aiden was in trouble, and the constant peril he was in, this is the first of the three books where it didn’t feel real to me. From the start of the book Aidan acted, and the story developed, in a way which felt like it would only be justified if the threat to Aiden was more imminent and severe than it appeared to be. This is probably my fault, as I remember being entirely immersed when I read the previous book ten months ago, but this book never gave me the opportunity to reimmerse myself in the desperation of Aiden’s life. By the end of the book I was getting there, but from the start I was left with having to be told, and take it as a given, that the situation was dire enough to justify Aiden’s desperation, rather than feeling desperate along with him.
The crime that this book revolves around, the turns in takes, and the characters we get to know through the investigation ties the story together quite wonderfully. As with the previous books, the story seems to be less about the crime and more about Aiden, but in this case everything that goes on is related enough to the centrepiece that is the murder that it always looms in a way I didn’t get from The Smiling Man.
The book ends with several loose threads, the reader has to imagine what happened next in a way that felt completely right and satisfying to me. I’m not sure whether these threads will ever be completely tied up, but at this point I’m certain enough that I like Knox as a writer that I’ll certainly buy whatever he writes next – whether it’s tying up these threads, or starting something new.