Six years earlier, life was much simpler for everyone involved, especially 17-year-old Ashley Spencer, a popular high school soccer star. Then one night an intruder entered Ashley's home and murdered her father and her best friend. Traumatized and suffering from a crippling sense of survivor guilt, Ashley is ready to give up on both soccer and life until help comes from an unexpected source, a scholarship to an elite private school is extended to her by school dean Casey Van Meter. The school quickly becomes a haven for both Ashley and her mother, Terri. As Ashley regains her sense of self through the school's soccer program, Terri joins a writing group for adults led by Joshua Maxfield, a former literary wunderkind who has disappeared from the best seller lists since his second book was panned by both critics and fans.
Then tragedy strikes again and Ashley has to run for her life, unaware that the key to her survival is in the one book she's afraid to read, Sleeping Beauty.
©2004 Phillip Margolin; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Margolin knows how to put together a high-concept thriller, piling plot twist upon plot twist and keeping the narrative pounding ever forward." (Booklist)
I have been looking for a new author, and I found one. Margolin does an excellent job of keeping the reader in suspense, without making the plot twists seem wild or unbelievable. The charchter development was uncharachteristiclly good for this genre. I'm looking forward to listenting to more of his novels.
Sleeping Beauty is full of blood and gore primarily at the begining,
with small amounts later. This was my first book of this style and I was impressed. Character development was done well and there were several interesting plot twists and turns.-- worth reading
Someone reviewing (not very favorably) Grisham's "The Last Juror" recomended Phillip Margolin, so I tried "The Undertaker's Widow". It was great, kept me guessing up to the last chapter. "Sleeping Beauty" was even better. The narrator, Suzanne Houston, was excellent. Right up there with Michael Beck, one of my favorites. Suzanne did such a good job bringing the characters to life for me, especially DDA Delilah Wallace. Her voice characterizations were not overdone. There was a subtle difference in each character that was just enough to identify them without distracting me from the story.
Margolin's story kept me interested from beginning to end. I've learned to suspect the obvious, so doubted the key suspect from the beginning. But that did not help me see around corners to see what was coming. And Margolin kept heaping it on so I began to doubt my conclusions. The story was full of surprises for me. I liked his characters, they were all pretty believeable and, again, not overdone. I'm back for more.
Phillip Margolin does it again with this latest work of suspense. This one is a little slower than his usual style and only peripherally involves the legal system, but is quite entertaining none the less. This audiobook was particularly enjoyable due to the vocal talents of the reader, Suzanne Houston, who is able to convincingly modulate her voice to mimic everyone from a 16 year old girl to a sassy black prosecutor.
Despite seeing the end of this novel coming a mile away, I still enjoyed listening to see how it played out. Hard core mystery fans might find Margolin's Sleeping Beauty cliche at times, but it's entertaining none the less.
I have been a fan of Phillip Margolin for several years. Sleeping Beauty is certainly NOT his best. I knew the identity of the killer early on. The book started out strong, but the suspense died early.
This book was entertaining, but the narrator made it hard to take seriously. She sounded like this was one of her first audiobooks. If you are looking for an easy read for a trip/vacation, this would be a good pick. If not, skip it-I wish I would have.
The narration on this book sounds like a child is performing at times- a poor choice for this book. It may be one that is best read and not listened to. The "plot" was also weak, and didn't seem to move along very smoothly. When you find your mind wandering while listening, it is a sure sign it won't get better!
Margolin's focus is action. His books are always a little bloody and would probably be R rated if made into movies. I end up not remembering much about any character when I get very far away from the story but they keep you interested when you are listening.
If you want a must listen book that will keep you guessing, this is it. It had more twists and turns in the storyline to keep you wondering right until the end. I could not put my player down, great job.
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