I’m not talking about that Sleeping Beauty. I’m talking about this one:
Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin
Lawyer Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his bestseller, Sleeping Beauty, a true crime account of the attack on his twin sister Casey that left her in a coma.
As Miles begins discussing the case, talking about everything that happened, little does he know that afterwards; something extremely important to the case will be revealed.
We travel to six years earlier and to an event that would change the course of someone’s life forever.
Ashley is seventeen years old, soccer star, and just your average girl next door. After winning the state championship, her best friend decides to stay the night. But what should have been a fun time with friends turns out to be night filled with horror.
But somebody else decides to crash the party.
A serial killer kills Ashley’s father, along with raping and murdering Tanya. After taking care of Tanya the serial killer does something completely unusual, takes a break and eats some cake left out downstairs.
How weird is that? Does killing activate his sweet tooth? Is he so confident in his success he can just break to celebrate?
While he is occupied, Ashley is able to escape.
After the ordeal, Ashley is ready to give up on everything. That is, until she and her mother receive an invitation and scholarship for the prestigious private school, Oregon Academy. They decide the best thing for everyone is a new start, and accept. There they meet Casey Van Meter who shows them the school and introduces the pair to their onsite writer, Joshua Maxfield. Ashley’s mother, Terri, decides to stay on for the summer to attend Joshua’s writing class while Ashley helps out in the summer soccer camp.
Terri attends the writing class and becomes horrified when she hears Maxfield read a story that is full of details of her daughter’s case, including the part about eating sweets which was never publicized.
Terri notifies the police and starts researching into Maxfield. When Terri discusses it with Casey, Casey rebuffs her; only to call Terri later and stranglely, ask to meet up at the boathouse to reveal some information.
Later that same night, Ashley is walking around when she has the misfortune to hear screams and discover her mother’s and Casey’s stabbed bodies.
She also sees Maxfield with a knife.
While a huge manhunt after Maxfield commences, once again Ashley flees for her life.
Within this story are a lot of twists and turns, secret adoptions, revealed identities, psychotic killers, and more.
Thoughts After Reading:
I HATED this book.
The plot wasn’t bad but the way it was told was horrible.
It keeps going back and forth in time which is so confusing and makes it so hard to focus on what was happening and when it happened.
At times I thought it was boring and a bit too unbelievable. Really stretching it there.
I thought that the end twist was good, but the path wasn’t done well. It was just too confusing and made the book horrible to me.
For more stand alone mysteries, go to Ticker
For more serial killers, go to The Alchemy of Murder
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