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Seventeen-year-old Ashley Spencer learned what true horror was the night a serial killer invaded her home and brutally murdered her father and her best friend. But the terror did not end there . . .

A year after the unspeakable events, Ashley is still trying to piece together what is left of her life. But the nightmare is reawakened at the elite private school that had appeared to be a safe haven for Ashley and her mother, Terri, when a new book called Sleeping Beauty hits the...

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Ashley Spencer learned what true horror was the night a serial killer invaded her home and brutally murdered her father and her best friend. But the terror did not end there . . .

A year after the unspeakable events, Ashley is still trying to piece together what is left of her life. But the nightmare is reawakened at the elite private school that had appeared to be a safe haven for Ashley and her mother, Terri, when a new book called Sleeping Beauty hits the national bestseller lists—a shattering true account of the crimes that ripped Ashley’s world apart.

And now Ashley must run for her life again.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Scottoline
“Phillip Margolin [is] one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending.”
Tess Gerritsen
“Phillip Margolin knows how to pack in the thrills ... SLEEPING BEAUTY will keep you guessing until its shocking end.”
Harlan Coben
“SLEEPING BEAUTY will keep you awake all night. Phillip Margolin has done it again!”
Perri O'Shaughnessy
“Phillip Margolin plays delicious tricks on his readers, dashing expectations, twisting the knife deeper, making the suspense really hurt.”
Fort Myers News-Press
“Margolin delivers a nifty sleight of hand....Don’t assume anything in this well-crafted chiller.”
Toronto Sun
“Intricately plotted, tense and suspenseful … With unexpected twists and turns, the story moves to an explosive climax.”
Albany Times Union
“Even the most skeptical reader might be surprised to learn who is responsible for the mayhem.”
Booklist
“Margolin pulls off a genuinely surprising ending.”
BookPage (winner of the Mystery of the Month and Tip of the Ice Pick Award)
“Clever and diabolical....A must for suspense fans.”
Memphis Commercial Appeal
“Skillfully plotted … maintains the suspense … one of [Margolin’s] best.”
Orlando Sentinel
“Sends chills up the spine.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Compelling....Thrills and chills in a satisfying way [that] keeps you awake and guessing.”
BookPage
“Clever and diabolical....A must for suspense fans.”
Publishers Weekly
The criminal at the heart of bestseller Margolin's unsatisfying 10th thriller is particularly heinous. Late one night in Portland, Ore., he assaults teenager Ashley Spencer, rapes and kills Ashley's friend Tanya, a sleepover guest, and stabs Ashley's father to death. Ashley miraculously escapes, but her brush with terror is far from over. A few months later, just as she and her mother, Terri (out of town on the night of the attack), are beginning to re-engage with the world, the killer strikes again, murdering Terri and leaving another woman, Casey Van Meter, in a coma on the grounds of Ashley's new school, the exclusive Oregon Academy. Ashley doesn't witness the crime, but she sees Joshua Maxfield, the school's writer-in-residence, at the scene, clutching a bloody knife. Wondering why her quiet, loving family has been targeted by this madman, she goes into hiding in Europe, returning to Portland years later to bear witness when Maxfield is finally apprehended and tried. But is he guilty? And what was the motive for this crime spree? The search for answers generates a modicum of suspense, but the book never really commands much interest, thanks to clumsy plotting and even clumsier prose. Much of the story is revealed in flashbacks, framed by scenes from a reading in a Seattle bookstore given by Casey's twin brother, Miles Van Meter, who has written a bestselling true-crime book about the case and his comatose sister (and yes, it's as contrived as it sounds). Margolin (The Ties That Bind, etc.) has imagined a particularly lurid and sensational crime, but he fails to realize virtually any of its inherent dramatic potential. (Apr. 2) Forecast: The publisher is making a big promotional push, including a 14-city author tour, that should ensure placement on bestseller lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Ashley Spencer's life is shattered when a killer enters her home one night, brutally stabs her father to death, and rapes and murders her best friend. In an attempt to help her regain some stability, her mother enrolls Ashley in the prestigious Oregon Academy. Ashley's mother seeks diversion by taking a creative writing class from former best-selling author Joshua Maxfield, who startles her by reading a chapter from a work in progress that mirrors the murder of her husband. The twists and turns of the plot keep the suspense ratcheted up to an excruciating level. Using the law and an insider's knowledge of the writer's life, Margolin has created another sure winner. His first novel, Gone but Not Forgotten, has long been one of the hallmark novels dealing with serial killers and their motivation. In this work, Margolin has brought new life to that subgenre. This is for jaded readers who believe that there is nothing new and fresh in the mystery field. For all fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/04.]-Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A pulse-lowering thriller about writers who write about what they know. The prolific Margolin (Ties That Bind, 2003, etc.) devotes his latest to a subject he knows well: author tours. Writer Miles van Meter is out promoting Sleeping Beauty, his true-crime bestseller about convicted serial killer Joshua Maxfield. According to van Meter's account, Maxfield broke into the Portland, Oregon, home of Norman Spencer, murdering Spencer, then raping and murdering Tanya Jones, a high-school student spending the night with Spencer's daughter Ashley, who escapes harm. Also spared is Ashley's mother, Terri, away on assignment as a news reporter. To rebuild Ashley's life, Terri suggests that the girl accept a soccer scholarship that Oregon Academy has offered. Terri also signs up at the Academy for the creative writing workshop taught by Joshua Maxfield. Maxfield alarms Terri when he reads to the class a story of murder that parallels the crime committed in her home. Certain that Maxfield wrote the piece from personal experience, Terri alerts Academy dean Casey van Meter (Miles's sister). Jogging across campus one night, Ashley hears two screams. Drawing up to a shed, she discovers Maxfield holding a bloody knife and standing over the body of her mother. A comatose Casey lies nearby. Maxfield escapes, is caught, then escapes again just as he faces trial. Fearing that Maxwell will track her, Ashley flees to Europe but is persuaded to return when a lawyer reveals that Casey, not Terri, was Ashley's mother. Ashley, the lawyer implores, must come home to claim her due as Casey's daughter. She returns; Casey awakens from a five-year coma; and Maxfield, caught, tried, and convicted, becomes the subject ofSleeping Beauty. But Ashley thinks something about the case is wrong, and most readers will see early on that she's right. Flimsy plotting, thin characters, hoary cliches, grade-school prose: a "by the numbers" thriller. Author tour. Agent: Jean Naggar/Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061582721
  • Publisher: Harper Torch
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 206,281
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin has written seventeen New York Times bestsellers, including his latest, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington Trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider’s view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Good To Know

From 1965 to 1967, Margolin was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa.

In our interview, Margolin tells us more about himself: "I have a terrific marriage -- 34 years and going strong -- two terrific children who make me proud, and I am the president of Chess for Success, a nonprofit that uses chess to build self-esteem and to trick elementary and middle school children into learning study skills that will help them do well in school. We are currently in 35 Title I elementary schools and six middle schools."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Phillip M. Margolin
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Government, American University, 1965; New York University School of Law, 1970

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Sleeping Beauty


By Margolin, Phillip

HarperLargePrint

ISBN: 0060726814

Chapter One

Ashley Spencer's childhood ended the night her father died; the moment before she fell asleep was the last time she experienced unadulterated joy. Ashley and her best friend, Tanya Jones, were still pumped up from their 2–1 victory over F.C. Oswego, a perennial state soccer power. Both girls had scored, and the victory would give them a shot at the top seed at the State Cup. They had gotten into bed after watching a video, then talked in the dark until a little after one o'clock. When Tanya went to sleep, Ashley closed her eyes and pictured her goal, a header that had boomed past Oswego's All-State goalie. She was smiling as she drifted off.

Ashley had no idea how long she'd been asleep when a sudden movement on Tanya's side of the bed woke her. Tanya was sitting up, staring at the open doorway. Ashley, groggy and not completely certain she was awake, thought she saw someone walking toward Tanya. She was about to say something when Tanya grunted, twitched, and toppled to the floor. The man turned as Ashley leaped out of bed, extending his arm like a duelist. Ashley's muscles spasmed as a bolt of electricity surged through them. She fell sideways onto the bed, confused and unable to control her body. A fist smashed into her jaw, and she tottered on the brink of unconsciousness.

Tanya's head rose over the far side of the bed. The intruder was on her instantly. Ashley saw his fists and legs moving. Tanya fell back on the floor and out of Ashley's sight. A roll of gray duct tape appeared in the man's hands. He tore off several strips and knelt next to Tanya. Moments later, he walked around the bed. A black ski mask covered his face. He wore gloves and dark clothing.

A vise-like grip closed on Ashley's throat and her pajama top was ripped open. She made a feeble attempt at self-defense but she couldn't control her muscles. A leather-covered hand squeezed Ashley's breast until she screamed. The man hit her hard before sealing her mouth with a strip of tape. The intruder rolled Ashley onto her stomach and taped her wrists and ankles together. His face was close to her and she could smell his breath and body odor.

Once she was bound, the man slipped his hand inside her pajamas and caressed her buttocks. Ashley bucked and received a blow for resisting. She tried to squeeze her legs together but stopped when he grabbed her ear and twisted. A finger slipped inside her, probing, rubbing. Then the finger disappeared and he lowered himself onto her. Ashley's body trembled violently for a moment more. Then the sexual assault stopped and the oppressive weight disappeared. Ashley turned her head and saw Tanya being dragged into the guestroom that was next to her bedroom.

Ashley strained to hear what was going on. Bedsprings squeaked. Tape sealed Tanya's mouth but Ashley could still hear her friend's muffled scream. Ashley was gripped by a fear different from any she had ever known. It was as if a stifling gray fog had settled over her, cutting off her air and paralyzing her limbs.

There were more moans and screams from Tanya, but the man who had invaded her home worked in silence. Ashley's heart was pumping furiously and she couldn't get enough air through her nose. She tried not to think about what was happening to her best friend and concentrated on breaking her bonds. It was impossible. She wondered whether her father was dead and the thought galvanized her. If Norman was dead then she couldn't count on anyone to rescue her. She would have to save herself.

In the next room, the man uttered a primal roar of release and Ashley shuddered. He'd finished raping Tanya; next he'd be coming for her. For a moment, the only sounds from next door were Tanya's muffled whimpers. Then Ashley heard an animal snarl and the sound of a blade slamming into flesh. Tanya made a strangled cry that was followed by silence. The stabbing continued. Ashley was certain that Tanya was dead.

The door to the guest room slammed shut and the intruder emerged, ghostlike, out of the darkness. Only his eyes and lips showed through his ski mask. Ashley's breath caught in her chest. The man savored her terror. Then he whispered "See you later," and walked downstairs.

Ashley collapsed from relief, but the feeling was short-lived. "See you later" meant that he was coming back to kill her. She struggled to sit up and scanned her room for something she could use to cut her bonds. Downstairs, the refrigerator door opened. The thought that he was going to eat something horrified Ashley. How could he eat after what he'd done? What kind of thing was he? The refrigerator door closed. Ashley grew desperate. She was going to be raped and killed if she couldn't get away.

A sound from the doorway brought her around. Something covered with blood was dragging itself across the floor. With a great effort, the thing raised its face and Ashley almost blacked out.

Norman Spencer crawled toward his daughter. There was stubble on his bloodstained cheeks and his hair was in disarray. In his right fist was his Swiss Army knife, the long blade out. Ashley fought the nausea and horror that threatened to disable her and rolled onto the floor. She turned her back to her father and presented her bound wrists. Norman had almost no strength left and he did not speak as he sawed at the tape with feeble strokes. Ashley wept as he worked the knife. She knew that she could not save her father and that he was using all that was left of his life to save hers ...

Continues...

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Sleeping Beauty LP

Chapter One

Ashley Spencer's childhood ended the night her father died; the moment before she fell asleep was the last time she experienced unadulterated joy. Ashley and her best friend, Tanya Jones, were still pumped up from their 2–1 victory over F.C. Oswego, a perennial state soccer power. Both girls had scored, and the victory would give them a shot at the top seed at the State Cup. They had gotten into bed after watching a video, then talked in the dark until a little after one o'clock. When Tanya went to sleep, Ashley closed her eyes and pictured her goal, a header that had boomed past Oswego's All-State goalie. She was smiling as she drifted off.

Ashley had no idea how long she'd been asleep when a sudden movement on Tanya's side of the bed woke her. Tanya was sitting up, staring at the open doorway. Ashley, groggy and not completely certain she was awake, thought she saw someone walking toward Tanya. She was about to say something when Tanya grunted, twitched, and toppled to the floor. The man turned as Ashley leaped out of bed, extending his arm like a duelist. Ashley's muscles spasmed as a bolt of electricity surged through them. She fell sideways onto the bed, confused and unable to control her body. A fist smashed into her jaw, and she tottered on the brink of unconsciousness.

Tanya's head rose over the far side of the bed. The intruder was on her instantly. Ashley saw his fists and legs moving. Tanya fell back on the floor and out of Ashley's sight. A roll of gray duct tape appeared in the man's hands. He tore off several strips and knelt next to Tanya. Moments later, he walked around the bed. A black ski mask covered his face. He wore gloves and dark clothing.

A vise-like grip closed on Ashley's throat and her pajama top was ripped open. She made a feeble attempt at self-defense but she couldn't control her muscles. A leather-covered hand squeezed Ashley's breast until she screamed. The man hit her hard before sealing her mouth with a strip of tape. The intruder rolled Ashley onto her stomach and taped her wrists and ankles together. His face was close to her and she could smell his breath and body odor.

Once she was bound, the man slipped his hand inside her pajamas and caressed her buttocks. Ashley bucked and received a blow for resisting. She tried to squeeze her legs together but stopped when he grabbed her ear and twisted. A finger slipped inside her, probing, rubbing. Then the finger disappeared and he lowered himself onto her. Ashley's body trembled violently for a moment more. Then the sexual assault stopped and the oppressive weight disappeared. Ashley turned her head and saw Tanya being dragged into the guestroom that was next to her bedroom.

Ashley strained to hear what was going on. Bedsprings squeaked. Tape sealed Tanya's mouth but Ashley could still hear her friend's muffled scream. Ashley was gripped by a fear different from any she had ever known. It was as if a stifling gray fog had settled over her, cutting off her air and paralyzing her limbs.

There were more moans and screams from Tanya, but the man who had invaded her home worked in silence. Ashley's heart was pumping furiously and she couldn't get enough air through her nose. She tried not to think about what was happening to her best friend and concentrated on breaking her bonds. It was impossible. She wondered whether her father was dead and the thought galvanized her. If Norman was dead then she couldn't count on anyone to rescue her. She would have to save herself.

In the next room, the man uttered a primal roar of release and Ashley shuddered. He'd finished raping Tanya; next he'd be coming for her. For a moment, the only sounds from next door were Tanya's muffled whimpers. Then Ashley heard an animal snarl and the sound of a blade slamming into flesh. Tanya made a strangled cry that was followed by silence. The stabbing continued. Ashley was certain that Tanya was dead.

The door to the guest room slammed shut and the intruder emerged, ghostlike, out of the darkness. Only his eyes and lips showed through his ski mask. Ashley's breath caught in her chest. The man savored her terror. Then he whispered "See you later," and walked downstairs.

Ashley collapsed from relief, but the feeling was short-lived. "See you later" meant that he was coming back to kill her. She struggled to sit up and scanned her room for something she could use to cut her bonds. Downstairs, the refrigerator door opened. The thought that he was going to eat something horrified Ashley. How could he eat after what he'd done? What kind of thing was he? The refrigerator door closed. Ashley grew desperate. She was going to be raped and killed if she couldn't get away.

A sound from the doorway brought her around. Something covered with blood was dragging itself across the floor. With a great effort, the thing raised its face and Ashley almost blacked out.

Norman Spencer crawled toward his daughter. There was stubble on his bloodstained cheeks and his hair was in disarray. In his right fist was his Swiss Army knife, the long blade out. Ashley fought the nausea and horror that threatened to disable her and rolled onto the floor. She turned her back to her father and presented her bound wrists. Norman had almost no strength left and he did not speak as he sawed at the tape with feeble strokes. Ashley wept as he worked the knife. She knew that she could not save her father and that he was using all that was left of his life to save hers ...

Sleeping Beauty LP. Copyright © by Phillip Margolin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    A Must Read Suspense Novel!

    I was on my way to Mexico and was in desperate need of reading something good so I visited a bookstore at the airport and ran across this book. The title made me think it would be some kiddish fantasy but the cover picture made me think otherwise. I read the back and thought it sounded interesting so I bought it. Reading the first chapter made me think nauseated because of the intense details to the murder but yet I could not put the book down. The novel is filled with very suspenseful moments and the details were so vivid that you felt as if you were in the room during the crime and just watching it. It felt so real. This kind of feeling just prove to you that the author did a very good job to use his imagination and vocabulary to put emotions to your reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Sleeping Beauty Rocks!

    This was my first book I read by him, and it was great! The suspence was perfect and full of excitement. I could read this over and over!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    Excellent

    A fantastic story. Interstingly written. Author kept control of jumping to different times in story effectively. Charcters were developed very well. The character Ashley seemed so real that you could understand her easily. This is just a really great book from one of my favorite authors!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    AWESOME BOOK

    This was an awesome book. 'Sleeping Beauty' is a throw-off title to what is really going on in this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Very Good Effort

    Quite enjoyable. Literally can read this in one or two sittings. Although the ending became clear before the fact, it was a satisfying read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    the best book i've read so far

    this book gives you the chill down your spine you need sometimes.it keeps you guessing to the very last page.i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Awesome surprise!

    I saw this book in the bookstore and I contemplated buying it for about ten minutes since I had never read Phillip Margolin before. I just bought another book of his. He is a great writer. He keeps you guessing and turning the pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2004

    A book you can't put down!!!!

    This book was so compelling, you just have to continue to read it until the very end. I was told to read this book by a friend and am I glad I did so. I truly recommend this book to all of this author's loyal fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    outstanding!!!!!!

    this book is highly recommended!!! you are not going to want to put this down. I want more of this kind of book!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Really enjoyed

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Boring

    Didntfinnish dull as hell regina b

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Page-Turning Mystery

    Enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    The Wonderful Teen Chiller

    Phillip Margolin created a mixture of mystery, suspense and thrill in his novel Sleeping Beauty. The novel takes a dramatic start with the murder of Ashley Spencer's father and best friend, leaving only Ashley to survive the intense night. Filled with confusion, fear and sadness, Ashley tries to live her life normally, but cannot seem to find a way out of her misery, trapping herself in her own house. Her mother then sends her off to a boarding school where Ashley can further pursue her interest in soccer and get away from the house that the tragedy occurred, hoping to help Ashley recover. Things start looking up for Ashley until the day she meets her professor, Joshua Maxwell. Ironically, the purpose for Ashley to go to the boarding school was to get away from the crime, yet the only thing that going to the boarding school does for her is make her question what happened that night more. Joshua Maxwell wins the heart of Mrs. Spencer for he is a famous author who is advising Mrs. Spencer with her book as well. Mrs. Spencer starts to learn about Maxwell's writings and finds a positive correlation between the crime described in his novel and the one that had occurred to her husband.
    Confused, she goes to speak with the headmaster of the boarding school, Casey VanMeter. Joshua Maxwell finds out about their arranged meeting to discuss if Maxwell was connected to the murder of Ashley's father and best friend. He goes and stabs Mrs. Spencer and Ms. Van Meter, causing Ms. Van Meter to go into an extensive coma. This event breaks Ashley who flees the country to start a new life with a new identity. Years later, Miles Van Meter, the brother of Casey Van Meter finds Ashley to inform her of shocking news about her connection with Casey. This information sends Ashley back to the states to face a trial to keep Casey on life support and yet another trial for the accused Joshua as the alleged murder. If you think this is where the book ends, with Joshua behind bars and Casey waking up from her coma to face Ashley and the truth, you surely do not know Margolin's writing.
    I completely love the way that Phillip Margolin writes his novels. He doesn't speak straight forward with what is truly happening but rather leaves the area for the reader themselves to interpret what's going to happen next. The suspense and questions that are building throughout the novel are not answered until the very end of the book, keeping the reader on constant edge. The suspense and chills began in the very beginning, for example, "Ashley lay on her bed waiting to die. Then the door to the guest door bedroom closed and Maxfeild, dressed in black and wearing a ski mask and gloves, was standing in Ashley's doorway. She believed that he had come to rape and murder her," (Margolin 10). Along with the chills that Margolin does beautiful at creating in the reader, he does a great job at creating an image in the reader. He describes the environment brilliantly and also makes it easy for the reader to feel how the characters feeling. He does this through the usage of descriptive words and situational queues in his writing. Overall, if asked to recommend a great teen chiller, Sleeping Beauty would be on the top of the list.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Loved it!

    I read a copy of Sleeping Beauty I got from the library. Bought a copy for myself and my sister as a gift. I could NOT put it down, neither could my sister! There are detailed accounts of sexual abuse, so please do not get this book if you are extra sensitive to that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    Sleeping sums it up.

    A crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate on snowy winter night would not improve this book. It was a little unbelievable to me. The characters, the plot...just didn't buy the whole story. It was full of unlikely events.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    A Satisfying, Sensual Thriller

    I picked this book up at an airport bookstore hoping to find something interesting to read as I waited for my flight. I almost missed my plane! This book is so engrossing from cover to cover that I could not put it down. Margolin artfully crafts his characters and verbally stuns your senses with horrific crimes. This book will assault you the entire way through. A must read for fans and newcomers alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Great book!

    I've never read Phillip Margolin before and I loved this book. It keeps your interest until the very end of the book. I was surprised at the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    A great read!!

    This was holds your interest until the very end. I would recommend this book to any mystery fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    An exciting suspense thriller

    Writer Miles van Meter is on tour promoting his best selling true crime story Sleeping Beauty. The successful book fascinates the public as it provides an account of convicted killer Joshua Maxfield¿s murders and collateral damage that includes the author¿s sister.................................. Miles states that in Portland, Oregon, Joshua killed Norman Spencer in the latter¿s home and raped and murdered high school student Tanya Jones, a friend of Spencer's daughter Ashley, who managed to escape safely. Ashley's mother, reporter Terri fortunately was away at the time of the crime. The killer also got away....................... Terri encourages her daughter to move on by coaxing her into going to the Oregon Academy where she takes a creative writing workshop taught by Joshua Maxfield. When the instructor reads a murder tale to the class, Ashley recognizes what she hears as too close to home and informs the Dean, who happens to be Mile¿s sister Casey van Meter. Not long afterward, Ashley finds Miles holding a bloody knife over Terri¿s still body with an unconscious Casey nearby. Joshua is arrested, but escapes, putting the fear for her life in Ashley. As other revelations are revealed that connect Casey, Terri, and Ashley, Miles writes SLEEPING BEAUTY, but that makes Ashley wonder why the case against Joshua rings false................................. SLEEPING BEAUTY is an exciting suspense thriller with several major twists that add tension yet seem unnecessarily contrived. The story line is at its best when it keeps a straight forward path mindful of Helter Skelter as the link between author Miles and killer Joshua makes the former¿s true crime tale very personal and intriguing to readers as it unfolds. The cast is quite interesting as the audience gets to see up close more than just the killer and the teen heroine, but two extra turns make the novel seem off kilter even as fans of Phillip Margolin will want to continue to see what spin he provides next. This is a solid serial killer book that readers will enjoy............................ Harriet Klausner

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