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The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffery Deaver
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Review

'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder...' (Independent on Sunday)

The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

'Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheer creative genius.' (Harlan Coben)

'There's no question . . . about Deaver's unexcelled ability to pull the wool over your eyes. When he describes a colorless, odorless glass of liquid as water, don't assume it is until somebody drinks it down - or maybe till an hour later.' (Kirkus Reviews on THE TWELFTH CARD)

The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions. (Daily Telegraph)

Review

'This is a novel that will chill your blood on the warmest day of any summer holiday. Keep looking over your shoulder...'

(Independent on Sunday )

'The best psychological thriller writer around' (The Times )

'Jeffery Deaver is a master at crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheer creative genius.'

(Harlan Coben )

'There's no question . . . about Deaver's unexcelled ability to pull the wool over your eyes. When he describes a colorless, odorless glass of liquid as water, don't assume it is until somebody drinks it down - or maybe till an hour later.'

(Kirkus Reviews on THE TWELFTH CARD )

'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world . . . [Deaver] has produced a stunning series of bestsellers with unique characterisation, intelligent characters, beguiling plots and double-barrelled and sometimes triple-barrelled solutions.' (Daily Telegraph )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439166412
  • Publisher: Hodder (24 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V09198
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

You can find out more about Jeffery on his website www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but flawed 29 July 2007
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In this, the first of a new series, Deaver brings back Californian Special Agent Kathryn Dance - a kinesics expert (basically she's a walking lie detector and expert in body language) - who had a cameo in his last Lincoln Rhyme novel 'The Cold Moon'

A murderous cult leader named Daniel Pell escapes from prison after years inside and the majority of this book explores his motivations and actions and the efforts of the law enforcement agencies (with Dance to the fore) to re-apprehend him.

Dance plays the Lincoln Rhyme role here, attempting to out-think Pell and predict what he'll do next.

She does this by gaining insights into his psychology from a series of interviews with those who've had previous contact with him. They include three female members of the cult he led before his incarceration and the young girl he overlooked when murdering a moneyed family in their home: the `Sleeping Doll' of the title.

Without wishing to give anything of the subsequent plot away, Deaver challenges your perceptions by turning situation after situation on its head with some skilful (and sometimes not so skilful) misdirection.

Jeff's stock-in-trade is the outrageous twist, and he's capable of delivering these with more aplomb than anyone else operating in the crime thriller field. And his characterisation is usually way above average too.

But some of his famous twists are a bit laboured here. If, like me, you've read everything he's written in both the shorter and longer formats, you'll find some of them a bit obvious. Which doesn't mean to say you still won't admire the way he pulls them off.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Lincoln 31 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
I too was disappointed with this. I'm a great fan of the Lincoln Rhyme books and was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, the characters were not that engaging and the twists, normally a key element in the Rhyme novels and one of his greatest specialities, could either be seen coming from a mile of or just seemed shoe horned into the story for the sake of adding more twists. I also thought the book dragged on for a good 50 or so too many pages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am ambivalent about this first book in the Kathryn Dance series, similar to how I felt about its sequel. In this she is on the trail of escaped prisoner Daniel Pell, a murderer who seems able to brainwash people into helping him.

While the concepts of the two main characters are really interesting, Dance as the kinesics (body-language) expert and Pell as the mind-controlling evil-doer, the plot and the writing style just fail to bear the weight.

Unlike a traditional mystery story, there's no opening for the reader to work things out - every twist comes completely out of the blue, and I found that to be really frustrating. Deaver also has a habit of ending chapters on suggestive cliff-hangers, only to change direction immediately after the break, completely ruining the suspense he has built up.

The narration is opinionated, which seems very strange presentation. If it was aligned with a character, as many other authors do, then this style would make sense but presented as the opinion of a faceless third person narrative it is jarring and rips focus away from the story.

Finally it is too complicated - there's more going on than is needed to tell the story, and particularly at the end where Deaver throws in some unexpected and ultimately unnecessary twists that just cause it to feel dragged out. I'm all for tying up loose ends but these ends weren't even there up to this point.

Overall I probably shouldn't have bothered after my experience reading the sequel. I can only hope that Deaver's attempt at a James Bond novel later this year turns out more satisfactorily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a satisfying Deaver read 12 April 2009
Format:Paperback
I've read a number of Jeffrey Deaver books. They typically focus on a lone investigator (or department head) as he (or she in this case) investigates a crime. They usually don't have too much proceedure in them, focussing more on the interactions. This book is much the same.

The book sees a skilled interogator hunt down a killer after he escapes from a holding cell after she has interviewed him.

I found the book a little disappointing. I usually find Deaver's books rattle along at a good old pace, but that doesn't really happen here as much (with the exception of the twist in the tail), which meant I found it a less than satisfying read. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of books that are a lot worse, but there are books that are better too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Below par for Deaver 8 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
An alleged cult leader and murderer (Daniel Pell) escapes from jail after being interviewed by an agent (Kathyrn Dance) in respect of a new unsolved crime. Kathyrn has special skills in kinesics or reading body language.

The book is reasonably well-written, has some good insights and displays some of Deaver's usual research skills, although the kinesics angle isn't as influential as I had expected it to be.

But this is a pretty drawn-out crime novel with the first 400 pages or so dealing almost solely with Pell's near capture in several scenarios. This makes it pretty tedious reading. Deaver does throw in a couple of unlikely twists at that end though to inject a bit of life into the story, but he failed to have me believe I had finished a book of substance.

Some of Deaver's trademarks are in this thriller, but it does fall shy of the standards set in his better novels. 7/10
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I would recommend all of deavers books. They are tales with twists and turns in them. I find it hard to put a book down once ive started it!!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jayne Poulter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Excellent reading. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put down. Typical Jeffery Deaver quality. You must buy this book.
Published 7 months ago by annette
5.0 out of 5 stars JKW
As usual thoroughly enjoying this read by Deaver, its the second Kathryn Dance one I have read. Have read all the Lincoln Rhyme series which is why I started on the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JKW
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Yet another brilliant read from Jeffery Deaver,so many twists and turns at the end it really kept me on my toes.Definitely a must read read,recommend this to everyone.
Published 11 months ago by peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Another fine book with the usual Jeffery Deaver twists! Well worth a read and you'll fly through the last few chapters.
Published 11 months ago by Yorkie69
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff.
Very good well developed page turner. Lots of "baddies" with an almost believable hero.Well set up for a series but how good that will develop remains to be seen.
Published 11 months ago by IFH
5.0 out of 5 stars The sleeping doll
Good read great twists and turns great book if you like a fast paced read and a quality story line
Published 11 months ago by Ronald Thomas scotford
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