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Sleeping with the Devil Paperback – Nov 1992

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380719320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380719327
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An account of the murder of former beauty queen Barbara Piotrowski describes how her fitness junkie, Texas millionaire husband harassed his wife after she left him and then hired a gunman to kill her. Reprint. K.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 1997
Format: Paperback
Sleeping With the Devil is a totally engrossing true story of murder, passion, and betrayal. I never thought real life could be this interesting!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
one of the very best true crime books 5 April 2006
By Sammy Madison - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is not your average true crime book! The story of Barbra Piotrowski and Richard Minns is the quintessential narcissistic relationship. It is fascinating to see just how manipulative and successful a narcissist can become, using family, friends, strangers, hired thugs, the legal system, and law enforcement to seduce, posess, and nearly destroy the life of his victim. A self-made local celebrity, Minns lived the ultimate narcissistic existance, honing his body at the gym (which he owned), bleaching his hair at the beauty shop, keeping a wife and kids in one house while openly escorting his much younger, blonde, beautiful "fiance" around the same town, in front of his own kids and friends of his real family. As other reviewers pointed out, Barbra, though the victim of monstrous and unbelievable manipulation, was too much of a user to be a truly sympathetic character, as the author attempted to portray her. She was definitely an opportunist. I don't think this hurts the book, though. The reader obviously draws her own conclusions about the character of Barbra and will not be led by the author. And, ultimately, no one deserves the mind-bending gaslighting and physical abuse Barbra went through, let alone the horrible crime which finally ended the relationship. This book is truly riveting. The term page-turner could have been invented to describe this book. It stacks up to the best of Ann Rule, which from me is the ultimate accolade.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Gripping tale of murder and obsession 2 Dec. 2001
By Blaine Greenfield - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Heard the taped version of SLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL by Suzanne
Finstad, a true crime story about a Texas beauty queen and the
self-made millionaire who loved her . . . or so it seemed . . . then his
world fell apart and he blamed her . . . that is, before he attempted
to kill her . . . I now see why I like these type books better than
typical mysteries . . . I'm reading one now (the latest by
Mary Higgins Clark), and there is just no comparison . . . this
is so much better! . . . it makes you feel like you really
know the characters, and you find yourself hoping--against
all odds--that the ending is going to differ from what really
happened . . . my only disappointment was in the ending,
but that was not because of the author; rather, somebody
seemed to get away with murder--or something very close
to it . . . if you're in the mood for a gripping tale of obsession
and murder, this is the book for you!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Women like this make me ill-but the book itself was good 17 Jan. 2000
By Marilyn S. Shively - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have mixed feelings about this book; while it is well written and interesting (I love true crime), I became increasingly angry and finally lost interest because of the Barbara and her incredible inability to see reality; Richard Minns beat her up;she saw how he lied and manipulated to get what he wanted and SHE COULDN'T LEAVE HIM- Puh-lease---I usually have a degree of empathy with a character who is treated badly but not this one; She is very lucky she isn't dead---I am also disappointed that justice in this case did not prevail and that weasel sociopath got away with his crime
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sleeping With The Devil 18 Sept. 2002
By Amanda Caldwell - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a professor of Women's Health, I want to be sure to remind all women to read "Sleeping With The Devil" by Suzanne Finstad. It is one of the best texts out there that describe in mind-shattering detail the intricacies and hidden subtleties of toxic relationships. I have found Ms. Finstad's meticulously researched story of Barbara Piotrowski to be one of the best educational and life-saving assignments that I can give to my students. Thank you, Suzanne. Your insight and biographical genius continue to amaze me.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't put this book down! 14 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sleeping With the Devil is a totally engrossing true story of murder, passion, and betrayal. I never thought real life could be this interesting!
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