John Waters is a husband and father happy with his lot in life, though he has not always felt that way. Years earlier, he escaped an obsessive love affair, which he feared might consume him. The woman in question disappeared after Waters married, and later he heard that she was killed in New Orleans. But now, Waters has an uneasy feeling that she has resurfaced to trouble him - and entice him - once again.
A woman he meets casually stuns him with a smile and a secret only his former lover would know. But when this alluring stranger is suddenly murdered, Waters' quiet life is enveloped in a whirlwind of guilt and suspicion, revealing the shadowy sides of love and friendship, and the terror that can result when passion becomes obsession.
©2002 Greg Iles; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"This novel should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER: HIGH EXPLOSIVES." (Stephen King)
"Irresistible pass-the-popcorn fun." (People, Beach Book of the Week)
I am a Greg Iles fan. However, I did not enjoy this book, Sleep No More, and was very disappointed. This book could be summed up as a supernatural sex thriller. Although the premise was intriguing, the heavy reliance on way too many explicit sex scenes took away from the suspense and flow of the plot. It made me wonder if Iles was practicing for a short story in a smut magazine.
One Size Fits None
I'm not a big mystery suspense reader, but I've been on a Greg Iles binge in the past five weeks. "Sleep No More" is my sixth in a row. I really love the books. They're all set in the same universe, in Mississippi or New Orleans, and you start to feel like if you woke up tomorrow morning in Natchez, you'd head right over to the Trace, and if you were in New Orleans, no problem locating the FBI field office on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Some minor characters in one book become major characters in another, or vice versa. They are tightly, even dizzingly plotted, even if sometimes someone is about to do something so eyepoppingly stupid you want to yell out "hey! Little blonde cheerleader! Do NOT open that back door to see if someone's really out there! For God's sake, you're babysitting!!!" You can forgive that, though. Shakespeare let Julius Caesar leave the house and head over to the Roman Senate on the Ides of March, and we know how THAT turned out.
Then comes Sleep No More.
John Waters - the name made me giggle, which wasn't an auspicious start - is a happily married oil man with a seven year old daughter and an antebellum mansion. He spots a gorgeous woman at his daughter's soccer game, so gorgeous she just about drops him in his tracks, and next you know she's hunting him down like he's a six point buck. Once everybody has their clothes off she tells him that she's actually his old college girlfriend. Yes, that would be the college girlfriend who tried to kill him, OK tried to kill him twice. Problem is, old girlfriend herself has been dead for the past ten years, and the heavenly body she is supposed to be inhabiting now is ten years younger than hers would have been. Things Happen. As people tend to end up doing when Things Happen, Waters finds himself telling the whole story to a lawyer, who advises him to ignore the supernatural, Fringe-like explanation and find the logical one. And you keep listening, waiting for it to unfold, confident that a skillful, solid storyteller like Iles who has steered you around so many corners isn't going to leave you in this narrative ditch he's driven you into. Alas, even the words "logical explanation" never turn up again. I actually trudged through to the end hoping it would all be explained, all the way up until I got to "Audible hopes you have enjoyed". It just never happened.
And then, as others have noted, there are the sex scenes. Now, I like a good sex scene as much as the next person, and they're the best written parts of the book - but I started wanting to fast forward through them. They are actually critical to the story, but they just go on and on and on and then they keep happening over and over again. It becomes as dull as a character who keeps recounting trips to the supermarket, describing the size and the color of every item they put into their shopping cart at the supermarket, and in what order, and the problem is, they're going shopping every single day.
And now the absolute worst: the narrator. He is fine with male voices, but the adult women have the same silly falsetto voice as the seven year old girl. They all come off as mindless, pouting little brats.
Now you! Put that book credit right back in your wallet and run, run away!
This is a story best not written much less listened to. Were you serious when you wrote this book Mr. Iles? I kept waiting for a punch line. Dick Hill is an excellent narrator but the panting and gasping presented by him in representing a female during orgasm is just too much. Sorry but this book is AWFUL.
When I came across this Greg Iles title, I was expecting more of his suspenceful and enjoyable storytelling. "Sleep No More" was, however, a serious disappointment. The premise was completely ridiculous, totally unbelieveable, and there were way too many sex scenes. I kept waiting for the story to re-enter the realm of the plausible, but it never did. This book is a complete waste of your time and money.
I read this book solely because I had just finished "Third Degreee" and was left wishing I had more of the story. I thought choosing the same author was a good alternative strategy, and I was not disappointed. Good suspense, a little supernatural intrigue, a la Stephen King. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
My wife and I are big Greg Iles fans and especially Penn Cage books. This book relied on Sci-Fi that weakened the story line for us. Greg's best work is based on Mississippi history exposing the good, bad and the ugly.
I'm a big Greg Iles & Dick Hill fan. I loved that I was able to escape the real world for a few hours.
I would recommend this book to my friends that read mystery thriller fiction.
I am constantly amazed at the range of voices Dick Hill uses. I actually visualize the characters when he changes voices. I never feel as though Mr. Hill is just reading the book. He puts a lot of effort into his performances.
I will always think about this book when I see a woman [or girl] twisting her hair around a finger. Is she fighting the other woman within her?
The premise of this book is quite creepy. There were points in the book I felt nauseous and had to stop listening for awhile! The fact I couldn't stop listening or thinking about the book, brought me back to listening to the end. I wouldn't say this was a great book but it certainly allowed escape from reality for a few hours.
Really enjoy Greg Iles and now I can enjoy hearing his stories. Dick Hill is a fantastic narrator and really brought the characters to life. My only suggestion would be to get a female to do the ladies voices, makes the steamy scenes a bit creepy to have a falsetto guys voice. Otherwise, it was excellent and I've downloaded Black Cross and I'm really impressed with the different dialects that he brings to the story. Top notch!!!
Don't listen to the prudes and naysayers with the negative reviews. I have read and listened to all of the Greg Iles books and they all have one thing in common. They are all outstanding. This one is quite different then his other thrillers, but its a seriously well written page turner. There is a lot of sex in it, but it really adds to the story line by creating a near taboo aura. If your a Stephen King fan then you'll love this!
The reader was good. She had a different response for each character. She kept it moving well. The story was great. From halfway through, it was hard to stop listening.
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