Dead Sleep Paperback – 20 Jun 2002
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With his new thiller Dead Sleep, Greg Iles lives up to the promise of his previous bestseller 24 Hours by showcasing his ability to deliver top-level suspense as well as multi-dimensional characterisation. When Jordan Glass, a world-renowned photojournalist, happens on an exhibit of a series of paintings known as "The Sleeping Women", she is stunned to discover that one of the models--a nude who, like the other women in the paintings, looks dead rather than asleep--is her mirror image. But Jordan knows the face in the painting isn't her; it's her twin sister Jane, who disappeared from her New Orleans home more than a year ago and is presumed to have been murdered by a serial killer who's been snatching women off the streets of the Crescent City for at least that long. None of the bodies of the missing women have turned up, but their faces match the models in the other Sleeping Women paintings. A veteran FBI agent named John Kaiser brings Jordan into the Bureau's hunt for the anonymous artist, who may also know something about the disappearance of Jordan's father in Vietnam almost 30 years before.
This is a taut, well-crafted thriller with a nice secondary love story that's woven into the action without slowing it down. Jordan is a fascinating, many-sided character who's a little too tough to be wholly believable, but that's a minor quibble. While winning well-deserved new fans for Iles, Dead Sleep will keep his readers awake until the very last page. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
'Greg Iles is a phenomenal writer' (Independent on Sunday )
'This one bounds along keeping you turning the pages long after sleep beckons' (Independent on Sunday )
'A potent thriller' (New York Times Book Review 20010819)
'A chunky holiday read' (FHM Magazine 20010819)
'Another top notch tale of suspense from Iles' (Kirkus Reviews 20010819)
"A narrative as ingenious as it is bizarre" (New York Times Book Review 20010819)
"Iles continues to amaze with his incredible range." (Publishers Weekly on Dead Sleep 20010611)
"Atmospheric, sexy and provocative." (Booklist on Dead Sleep 20010106)
'Another page turner' (Sheffield Telegraph 20010810)
'A superb plot, with unexpected twists and turns. Iles just gets better and better' (Yorkshire Evening Post 20011008)
'A stunnning opening to a complex thriller. Bottom line: Cancel Bedtime. A Beach Book of the Week.' (People Magazine 20011008)
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Top Customer Reviews
Not this time. This book takes your hand and leads you into a story that is constantly unfolding with revelations, setbacks, hope and despair.
As the cover says the story is about a woman photojournalist who by chance sees a portrait of her missing, presumed dead, sister who disappeared over a year before. She of course is anxious to find out the truth and the only way which she can do this is to co-operate with the FBI and hope they don't cut her out of the loop as they did after her sister first went missing.
With your average thriller the ending can sometimes let you down. Iles skillfully avoids this trap and keeps you reading and neatly closes the story with a satisfying conclusion that leaves no questions unanswered.
The main characters are solid and well written and at no point are you jarred into reality with a careless sentence or paragraph that doesn't ring true.
If you like thrillers, or if you are just hunting for a good read, I can't recommend this book enough.
I highly recommend this book it was worth the money.
Also I loved Greg's description of New Orleans again different from any other thriller writer i have read before.
This book was extremely gripping. I was on holiday with relatives at the time and often needed something to pass the time at quiet moments - Dead Sleep did this and more. It's one of those books that you read (if you're anything like me)so quickly - skimming over the sentences in a desperate urge to reach the climax! The characters were believable (great to see a heroine who's believable, likeable but with forgivable flaws) and the plot unpredictable. Now i'm back home the only decision i've got to make is which one of his books to read next.
The action and suspense never let up and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The villain is genuinely hard to identify and the creepy climax kept me up late into the night.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoying this book tremendously and I didn't expect to,the way it ends had me in tears and that's unusual for me. I highly recommended it.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love this book, I have read and re-read my paper copy till it fell apart and bought it on kindle. Enough said.Published 16 months ago by anjeli
Like other reviewers I felt a bit let down by the ending of this book - but, having said that, it was an entertaining read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Galning
This is one of those novels where the plot needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt. It is the story of Jordan who is a photojournalist. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anne
couldn't put it down.it was nice to know how Jordan and the FBI agent met before they met with PennPublished 23 months ago by Claire S. Baker
I thought this was a thoroughly good read - more enjoyable than the other Greg Iles books I have read.Published on 8 May 2014 by Peter Siddons