Sleeping Beauty (eBook)

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Author Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his sensational bestseller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime account of a deeply personal subject: the attack by a serial killer that left his twin sister, Casey, in a coma. Tonight the audience waits to hear Miles discuss recent developments in his sister's case -- unaware that pieces of this complex puzzle of violence, unknown even to the author, are about to be revealed.

Six years earlier, life was much simpler for everyone involved, especially seventeen-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 the Oregon Academy, 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 bestseller 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.

With its blend of dizzying plot twists and thrilling suspense, Sleeping Beauty shows Phillip Margolin at the very top of his form.

About the Author

Phillip Margolin has written sixteen New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels, Supreme Justice and Fugitive. 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, Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise for Sleeping Beauty…

“Compelling....Thrills and chills in a satisfying way [that] keeps you awake and guessing.”
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Intricately plotted, tense and suspenseful … With unexpected twists and turns, the story moves to an explosive climax.”
-Toronto Sun

“Another sure winner...The twists and turns of the plot keep the suspense ratcheted up to an excruciating level..”
-Library Journal (Starred)

“Clever and diabolical....A must for suspense fans.”
-BookPage (winner of the Mystery of the Month and Tip of the Ice Pick Award)

“Sends chills up the spine.”
-Orlando Sentinel

“Skillfully plotted … maintains the suspense … one of [Margolin’s] best.”
-Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Margolin delivers a nifty sleight of hand....Don’t assume anything in this well-crafted chiller.”
-Fort Myers News-Press

“Even the most skeptical reader might be surprised to learn who is responsible for the mayhem.”
-Albany Times Union

“Margolin pulls off a genuinely surprising ending.”

“Phillip Margolin [is] one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending.”
-Lisa Scottoline, author of KILLER SMILE

“Phillip Margolin knows how to pack in the thrills ... SLEEPING BEAUTY will keep you guessing until its shocking end.”
-Tess Gerritsen, author of THE SINNER

“SLEEPING BEAUTY will keep you awake all night. Phillip Margolin has done it again!”
-Harlan Coben, author of NO SECOND CHANCE

“Phillip Margolin plays delicious tricks on his readers, dashing expectations, twisting the knife deeper, making the suspense really hurt.”
-Perri O'Shaughnessy, author of PRESUMPTION OF DEATH

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780061834158
Published: HarperCollins e-books, 10/13/2009
Language: en