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Praying for Sleep

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,107 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Praying for revenge...Psycho killer Michael Hrubek has escaped to find the woman who put him away. He'll show her what killing is all about...

Praying for salvation...Lis knows he's out there. He's haunted every sleepless night, watching and waiting to take her to hell with him...

And now Lis is Praying for Sleep.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Signet (first published January 1st 1994)
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Aug 20, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
I shall preface all reviews for Deaver books as follows: they are generally mysteries/crime thrillers usually containing fairly dark subject matter, and if that doesn't sit well with you, I'd avoid them.

Of the books Deaver has written that aren't part of a series (i.e., not featuring Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, et al.), this is my favorite. The books only covers a few hours' worth of events, excluding backstory, and picks up speed quickly. A very large, very insane man has escaped from an asyl
Marie Sexton
May 05, 2016 Marie Sexton rated it it was ok
I've decided it would look petty to detail the many reasons I disliked this book. The short version is, I thought there were MASSIVE plot holes, some serious timeline discrepancies, and way too many little backstory tangents and flashbacks. Finally, I didn't think the ending was even remotely surprising. (I'm surprised more people didn't see that "twist" coming. I thought it was pretty obvious.) Overall, a very frustrating and disappointing read.
Jennifer  (Books That Hook)
Review Courtesy of: Books That Hook

4.5 stars

Praying for Sleep is a stand-alone novel written by Jeffery Deaver in 1994. It is available in many formats. I read a paperback copy I borrowed from the library’s honor books.

Jeffery Deaver is a well-known author of thrillers, especially the Lincoln Rhyme series that starts with The Bone Collector.

This was my first time reading one of his stand-alone novels. For the most part, I was impressed. I thought he did an excellent job of getting into the mind
Chris Escott
Mar 20, 2015 Chris Escott rated it did not like it
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
Mar 13, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Michael has been locked up for a long time thanks to the evidence that Lis gave to a court, but now he has escaped and is on his way to her house and nothing and nobody is going to stop him. At home Lis is trying to protect her home from the coming storm so hearing that Michael is on the loose is the last thing she wanted to know. As the storm and Michael close in, danger is everywhere...
This was my first Jeffery Deaver book and I thought it was great. The tension is building throughout as Mich
Jul 26, 2011 Kristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeffery-deaver
No doubt about it - this book gave me nightmares. The basic story is that there is a psychotic killer on the loose (escaped from a mental hospital), and he's on his way to hunt down the woman who testified against him in court. So reading this just before bedtime was a bad, bad idea.

The book took place over an approximately 24 hour span, and all of the backstory was filled in by either conversations between characters or internal reflection/thoughts by a single character. Not knowing the whole s
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Un Deaver in rodaggio: un thriller senza infamia e senza lode che, però, risulta sicuramente più gradevole rispetto al Silenzio dei rapiti ed a La lacrima del diavolo
Bill Bunn
Nov 03, 2016 Bill Bunn rated it it was ok
The story engine is good with some good twists at the end. The middle slogs a bit with all the searching. It's hard to keep track of who's searching where for what reason. And, honestly, the searches are only mildly interesting, I think, because I didn't care deeply for the characters on the search. A few back story moments could have been cut in size. This story, in my opinion needed another good edit, cutting out maybe 10 or 15 thousand words.
George Poppenwimer
Feb 22, 2017 George Poppenwimer rated it really liked it
This book was creepy in the genre of Stephen King. The plot developed in what seemed to be a normal progression and then did a complete 180 at the end. This is how a mystery book should be written, the plot leads you to a conclusion that is not the facts of the crime. It was a very good reading book, some of the descriptions gave me chills.
Jan 21, 2017 Nemo rated it it was amazing
Wow! Another great book by Deaver - could not put it down - Who did it - Who is the bad guy - what a twist -
Nov 13, 2016 Renee rated it liked it
it's been quite awhile since I read a book where the whole story takes place within 24 hrs. I liked it. will read more by this author
Martha A. McCarthy

I didn't really care for this book, though I typically very much enjoy Jeffery Deaver's books. None of the characters resonated with me. It was a struggle to finish it.
Feb 03, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it
This wasn't one of Jeffery Deavers best books, hence the 4 star rating. It did though have a great ending which surprised me!! Turned a so so read into a much better read!!
Jan 27, 2017 CJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 15, 2017 PaulHargreaves rated it it was amazing
Excellent chase novel, with the usual Deaver twists and plot turns. Great ending as well.
Feb 02, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 19, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Jeffery Deaver always makes sure to create multiple layers of suspense and does it very well. The weather alone in 'Praying for Sleep' is a very effective layer. A clear, bright unseasonably warm November evening is threatening to turn into the storm of the century and you see, feel, and smell it coming. The humid silence before the storm becomes increasingly dark and creates a vivid backdrop for the impending. As the water levels creep higher and begin sloshing over the lake dam on a property a ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Dokusha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-other
Ein Schizophrener, wegen Mordes verhaftet und in einer Klinik eingesperrt, entflieht aus der Anstalt. Er hat ein klares Ziel vor Augen: er muß unbedingt zu der Frau gelangen, die in seinem Prozeß gegen ihn ausgesagt hat, um ein furchtbares Unrecht zu rächen.
Nicht nur einer, sondern gleich drei Verfolger heften sich in der stürmischen Nacht außer der Polizei an seine Fersen - mit durchaus unterschiedlichen Motiven: sein Psychiater, der nicht glauben kann, daß seine Therapie der langsamen Resozial
This story centres on an escaped patient from a mental hospital to who is determined to find the woman who accused him of murder in the past.

This is my first John Deaver book and I really enjoyed the suspense and action. However I had issues with the long-winded descriptions of Lis's greenhouse & plants, and the taping and sandbagging of the property as the storm was approaching. I found those parts really boring and just skimmed through them. The constant flashbacks regarding Lis and Porti

I liked "the Bone Collector" by this author very much and therefore I decided that I wanted to read more books by him. This one is also good. No Lyncoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, but Michael Hrubek, an escaped shizophrenic man and Lis Atcheson, the woman he is going to.

The warden, his doctor, the police, everybody underestimates what Hrubek is capable of. He hasn't taken his medication and is more clear in his head than ever, planning his trip, using what he
Apr 28, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2010 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mid 3. This novel like all of his other works, frames Deaver's ability to seamlessly sustain the suspense. Yet, there are elements of the story which lend the dangerous criminal, Michael Hrubeck, superhuman traits of endurance along the lines of Holywood villains whose resilience stretches belief to extreme. The story centres on the escape from a supposedly secure facility for the criminally insane by Michael Hrubeck, a schizophrenic murderer with a child-like understanding of the world around h ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it
This book caused different feelings in me at different times. As I felt myself cringing I felt, at various times, disgust, awe, shock, horror, concern, confusion, resentment, and finally understanding. Sometimes books take us on a journey we aren't quite prepared for, but like anything new, we're usually grateful for the experience in the end.

Simply put and without spoilers or confusing you with names (he went Stephen King regarding the number of characters in this book). It's simply about an es
Nov 19, 2011 Luan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, I can change that pesky 1 star accident when I hadn't read the book to a real rating. Although...I gave it 4 stars based on it's potential. And. I stand (write) before you today to say never ever listen to abridged books on tapes. I was totally lost, there is too much going on (which is a good thing generally), and so many names. I'm 2/3rds into the book thinking. Huh? Now, is that the bad guy, the tracker, the husband, the posse guy? Argh. I know I would've liked this book so darn darn ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
Jefferey Deaver is my favorite author and after reading half of his books, I thought I knew his writing style and technique. He always has twists that you really don't expect and I thought I could figure out the twists. This book proved me wrong. Once you realize the twist in the story, things mentioned previously in the book are fully understood and that "ah hah!" moment occurs. This book was truly suspenseful and exciting. In addition, his writing style involving the view point of the killer i ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Zachary rated it really liked it
This was one of Deaver's early books, and so you can see the development of some of his tricks in an early stage. It was a fun book that kept me reading, especially because the insane man at the center of the book is really quite compelling, putting you so much as it does in his mind. That said, I have a hard time understanding how the insane mind we are put in could also be such a skillful evader of pursuers. There is a difficult disconnect there that niggled at my brain as I read. I would say ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Having not been that happy with Jeffery Deaver very much lately, I was pleased with this story. It's one of his earlier books (I think) and it seems that it was one of his better books. A paranoid schizophrenic escapes from the mental hospital on the night of an expected colosal storm. The police are too busy in the town to look for a man that the institution claims is no harm to anyone. However, bodies continually pop up and it seems that he is headed to enact revenge on Lis - the woman who's t ...more
Jul 16, 2011 Marti rated it really liked it
This wasn't one of the usual series, but it was a good suspense thriller, so I gave it four stars anyway. There are quite a few different elements in the story--a mentally disturbed patient intelligent enough to break out of a psychiatric facility, a woman suffering from insomnia, who is stalked by this person, her sister, husband, various doctors, lawmen including Trenton Heck, who with his dog, is also trying to find the man, for a $10,000 reward. I found him to be the most sympathetic charact ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Cinda rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book one night while working at the hospital. I had left my kindle at home and found this book on the 'comfort cart'. Stephen King wrote a blurb on the front cover: "Scary, smart, and compulsively readable" OMG just finished this book and the ending blew me away. I usually can guess the twist and turns that a book will take but this one caught me by surprise. Great book. terrifying, so complex, and immensely gripping and interesting. I cant believe I've never heard of this b ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Manugw rated it liked it

I have read other work of the same author and this is not the expression of the Jeffrey Deaver I read and fully admire. The prose is very colloquial and the action packed suspense is not very well deeply developed. Characters are somewhat flat with the exception of Lis and Hrubek. I read the whole story but could put it down anytime in search for a better entertainment. This book is not at the same level of "A maiden's grave " and "The bone collector". The worst sin of t
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