Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock~★★★★★

Author: Elizabeth Flock
Title: Sleepwalking in Daylight
Release Date: September 29th, 2009

Book Jacket: "Once defined by her career and independence, stay-at-home mom Samantha Friedman realizes her days have been reduced to errands, car pools and suburban gossip. It's a role she always assumed she wanted to play, but now Sam has a nagging awareness that this might be all there is. Today she deals with a husband who shows up for dinner but is too preoccupied for conversation, and a daughter swathed in black clothing an Goth makeup who won't talk at all.
Believing she's an adopted mistake, seventeen-year-old Cammy has fallen into sex and drugs, and pours herself into her journal filled with poetry and pain. On parallel paths, mother and daughter indulge in desperate, furtive escapism---for Sam, a burgeoning relationship with her supposed soul mate, fueled by clandestine coffee dates and the desire to feel something; for Cammy, a secretive search for her birth mother punctuated by pills, pot and the need to feel absolutely nothing.
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock's novels have been hailed as 'haunting' (Booklist) and 'tremendously touching' (Kirkus Reviews). With Sleepwalking in Daylight, she perceptively reveals the inner workings of a modern marriage and the complicated mother-daughter relationship with unflinching honesty, delivering her most powerful, provocative story to date."

Taryn's Review: I didn't expect too much from this book when it caught my eye on the shelf. I didn't even read the book jacket. I just picked it up, threw it in my bag, and moved along. I am so glad I selected this book! The book, while very dark and heavy, was entrancing. I didn't want to put it down. I started it in the afternoon and before I knew it, I was on page 247.

I am truly haunted by this book. Flock did a great job showing how wrapped up people can become in themselves and how people can be oblivious to the mistakes their loved ones are making. Cammy, sweet Cammy, was suffering so much in this book. You just wanted to reach through the pages and hug her and to tell her she was wanted.

The spiraling path Cammy quickly found herself on wasn't noticed by Sam, Cammy's mother, until Cammy was deeply lost. Sam herself was walking around lost as she realized that she and her husband, Bob, didn't love one another and that sadly, neither of them seem to care that much. Sam met a man on a train and quickly he became the center of her world. His emails, their dates, his voice---these were things that Sam thought about now.

I finished this book before bed and laid awake for some time, just going over the book in my thoughts. I couldn't get it out of my mind. I even went back and re-read the ending. The book was heavy and depressing. This is not a book I would recommend for anyone who doesn't like tough reads. However, this book is great. It's not easy, that's for sure, but wow, it's a wonderfully-written book. It's powerful and it made me think about how easy it is for us get lost in ourselves and how self-centered we can become. The book also should help us realize the possible consequences that are lurking when we ignore those we love.


  1. Taryn, I'm so glad you enjoyed my book. I know it was a heavy read but it's gratifying to hear you "got" it and appreciated the reality that sometimes life just breaks your heart. Thank you for your kind words! All best, Elizabeth.

  2. ohh, this book sounds amazing. I'll have to keep an eye out for a copy.