- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Praying for Sleep Paperback – 17 Aug 1995
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
'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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read one Jefferey Deaver before (one of the later ones), and found it so-so, whereas this early one is excellent. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Reader 1616
I have always liked Jeffery Deaver's writing. I enjoy the detail and intelligence in all of his writing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hectoremily
The reason I love Jeffrey Deaver
books is you don't see the ending due to many twist and turns along the way.
I am a great fan of Jeffery Deaver, but found this novel difficult to read. It did not really engage me as his books normally do. I was actually quite bored in parts. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2015 by Mrs. S. G. K. Bowerbank
If you like JD you will like this book. Loads of twists and false alarms which will keep you guessing. You will think you have worked it out but you will have to rethink. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2014 by Del
Great characters with a good back story, quick fire plot and a very unexpected twist at the end. Deaver at his best.Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by copygir1