by Jonathan Barnes
I dare you to read the first two pages and not want to finish the rest of the book. Part Victorian murder mystery, part fantastical alternate history with a liberal dash of lexigraphical acrobatics, The Somnambulist combines a labyrinthine plot with haunting characters and an unreliable narrator that coalesces into an unexpected crescendo no one could anticipate. Essential for all you "word nerds" out there, as I learned 9 new words during the course of the book! A solid 4 and a half, with its only caveat being that the end leaves you thinking "What the Deuce?!"