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Praying for Sleep Paperback – 17 Aug 1995

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 3 edition (17 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340606339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340606339
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Brilliant (Minette Walters)

Scary, smart and compulsively readable (Stephen King)

Seldom have more twists and turns, or more harrowing suspense been packed into a single day - or between the covers of a single book . . . Superior (James Patterson)

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A hunt for a convicted killer escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane - Deaver's stunning multiple-twist standalone thriller.

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Another thriller from a superb writer. I could not even guess at the ending.
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Having been a fan of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, I looked forward to reading this stand-alone thriller expecting the fast-paced, roller-coaster ride of thrills and suspense I had come to expect from his other works. How wrong could I have been?
This is tedium at it's utmost. With a repetitive, predictable storyline, tedious plot which has been done a hundred or more times before and two-dimensional characters, this rapidly became a bore-fest and a chore to even pick up. In fact, the characters were so dull, I ended up praying that escaped schizophrenic psychopath, Michael Hrubrek would actually catch up with his "victim" Lis and actually kill her for being so darn dull and irritating.
I actually gave up on this book a third of the way through and I challenge anyone to make it all the way without giving up at least once. If you want to read a book about two women sand-bagging by a rising river and taping up a greenhouse whilst every page gives a weather report about the forth-coming storm, please give this book a go. But that's about all there is to this story and there are far better books out there.
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By A Customer on 1 Sept. 2003
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This is an excellent book. I'm a big fan of Deaver's anyway, but this is one of my favourites. The great thing about his books, this in particular, is the way that you feel clever because you think you have sussed it and are ahead of the characters, but the book is always one step ahead of you!! Great! Even though i've read loads of them and look for a twist, i never find it!
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This is an excellent book, one of Deaver's real page-turner-you'll-never-guess-the-ending books. From start to finish it's gripping and it, as many of his books are, is superbly paced and tense. Well worth getting.
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By A Customer on 6 April 2002
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This book was one of Deavers first "real" thrillers. At least, one of the first for which he is best known.
This book has everything...there is a great title, just for a start. then there are some great characters, who are very interesting. They are all on the hunt for Michael Hrubek, who has escaped from his psychiatric hospital and is now on his way to gain vengeance on Liz Atchesion, the teacher who testified at his murder trial...
this book is typical Deaver. A book set over a short period of time, with twists and turns all the way. Deaver reveals the plot slowly skein by skein, and it unfolds before us like a tapestry. This is one of his most complex plots yet, and almost certainly his most character driven ever. it focuses much more on the relationships between all the characters, and how they act, than many of his others.
there is a great plot, it's devious, inventive, exciting, and intriguing. typical Deaver, basically. you never, never, know where the book is going. there are some great revelations along the way, too. the dark and stormy night is a perfect setting for the book, and gives a great feel of calustrohpobia and isolatedness.
However, the one thing i didn't like quite so much about this book was that, although it is an excellent thriller, it is a bit too long. Not a lot, but perhaps if it had been 50 pages shorter, and the pace a bit quicker, it would have been perfect, and definitely Deaver's best ever book.
Why this book is such a muct-read is the absolutely fantastic twist at the end. It is the best twist Deaver has ever devised. it shies away from the usual twists to do with identity which Deaver usually uses (i.e. people not really being who you tihnk they are) but is much more than that.
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The first chapter was excellent - and the characters were believable and well written. There was a wonderful dark atmosphere to the book right from the start and I was looking forward to a gripping read.
However, the gripping read never materialised. I agree with earlier reviewers that the book would have benefited from some very aggressive editing. It really lacked pace - the story just went on and on and on and it took an effort to keep going to the end. And I'm sorry, but the end was entirely predictable - signposted very early on.
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By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2004
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Having already read 'A Maiden's Grave' and seen 'The Bone Collector' I already knew that Jeffery Deaver had a great story-telling style. The twists at the end of his books make them worth reading!
'Praying for Sleep' is probably not as fast-paced as some other crime-thrillers I have read, but nonetheless, it is a really good book. I stuck with it and by the last few chapters I had changed my mind about the entire book! Jeffery Deaver's portrayal of the Hrubeck (one of the main character's) is great. You feel sorry for him one moment, then think he's a cold blooded killer! The author doesn't go into unnecessary details abouts scenery or characters' pasts, everything he writes has a purpose, which is revealed at the end.
If you've already read a Jeffery Deaver novel, or are thinking of reading one, I would definately recommend this book to you!
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I enjoyed several of the Lincoln Rhyme series and checked out Deaver's back catalogue including this book. The general plot is as deceptive as I have come to appreciate Deaver, and at it's best, even to the last chapter we can wonder who is the 'goodie', and 'baddie', evidently the obvious choice is the escapee from the mental asylum! The downside is that the mid-section is quite a slog, and I had to scan read several sections to keep going. In many ways I think Deaver did not drop enough plot sub-hints in this section to enthrall the reader with the possibilities and motives of several possible 'baddies'. This led to a lack of tension and intrigue which could have been better delivered. Overall, a worthwhile read for Deaver fans, though, of earlier material I recommend 'A Maidens Grave' and 'Devils Teardrop'.
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