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Praying for Sleep

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,866 Ratings  ·  127 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 22, 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.
Chris Escott
Jun 14, 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
Aug 19, 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
Aug 01, 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
Apr 28, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Aug 21, 2013 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
Jan 07, 2016 Dokusha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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

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
Aug 03, 2015 Chrissy rated it really liked it
I've been Deavered again. His endings are never routine. Lis and her husband Owen find out that Michael, a crazed madman, has escaped the asylum and may be headed for Lis. Her history with Michael is brief- he killed two of her friends. Now he is determined to track down Lis.
As a horrific storm bears down on the little town, Owen, the police, doctors and trackers race to get Michael before he can get to Lis. Left with her sister to brace against the storm, long buried secrets emerge and tension
Feb 21, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Man, this book give new meaning to spine-tingling suspense! Deaver at his best. The story covers a period of only a few hours after a mental patient's escape from a hospital, but the events that occur in those few hours (plus some flashbacks) are amazing. There are some very unexpected twists right up to the end. I don't like the title of the book as it had very little to do with the subject (the protagonist's insomnia), but I loved everything else about it. If you like psychological suspense, r ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Красимира rated it it was ok
Доста незапомняща се книга. Основният ми проблем беше, че твърде рано ми стана ясно, ако не какво точно се е случило и кой е лошият, то поне какво със сигурност не е е случило. След това предполагаемите зловещи моменти просто не бяха същите. Джефри Дивър прави страхотни изненадващи обрати в разказите си, но при този обем му се получава по-трудно, а в случия изобщо не се е получило.
Aug 14, 2015 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
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Praying for Sleep tells the story of a psychopath killer and his attempt to get revenge from the woman witness whose testimony resulted in his conviction. But, just like many Deaver books, things are seldom what they seem to be, so you should be ready for surprises. Lacking the detailed forensic descriptions of the Lincoln Rhyme books, the book can still create a spooky atmosphere and lets the user guess and fail to correctly guess events until the very end.
Sep 06, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Jampacked with twists and turns, always coming up with something new. It seemed to drag a little in a couple of spots, but all in all was a great thriller!

Mr. Deaver developed all of the key players in the book, to the fullest extent. I think the book would have been fine, without all of the extra information.
Patricia Bergman
Mar 29, 2016 Patricia Bergman rated it it was amazing
I've had this one on my book shelf for years. It is notable that Jeffery Deaver was a talented writer before The Bone Collector. This is a good mystery that includes some twists, but I found the discussion of schizophrenia to be fascinating. I can highly recommend this one.
Carrie Turney
Jan 11, 2015 Carrie Turney rated it liked it
A good story which ran a little too long almost losing my attention. I'm not an old fuddy duddy but there was a little too many curse words. I'm sure there were other choices the author could have used.

Not one of my favourite.
Apr 14, 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
Shae Johnson
Nov 01, 2014 Shae Johnson rated it really liked it
Deaver tells the story from many different characters and events that seem so disconnected for half the book. Then characters and events start to make sense, but in the end, the reader is surprised with the truth!
A. Talbert
Jul 01, 2016 A. Talbert rated it liked it
While I cannot say this was a favorite it was still a pleasant read. The writing is smooth and while I did enjoy the story as a whole I feel that it was missing a little something.
Òphiere editoriale
Pietà per i giganti.

Un bellissimo protagonista. Qui Deaver si affida più alla psicologia che alla tecnologia. Un Thriller "poetico".
Jun 04, 2012 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
Jan 20, 2016 Ariel added it
This was a fairly gripping novel.
I think my favorite part was getting inside Hubrek's head, because he was so twisted.
I did sort of peg the surprise at the end, but not all of it. So good thriller. Will read more by this author.
Carole Anderson
May 11, 2015 Carole Anderson rated it really liked it
I've read several of Jeffery Deaver books and they always hook me. This one seemed to get a slower start, but as usual the end came totally out of the blue! It was a much older book written by him and I can definitely see that his writing as gotten better and better. Was not a disappointment at all.
Jun 30, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Zahrada bestií a Sběratel kostí nasadili laťku hodně vysoko, takže Neklidu dávám nakonec jen 4*. Atmosféra ale neměla chybu.
Jan 24, 2014 Hilary rated it liked it
I've come to expect edge-of-my-seat, compulsive reads from Deaver.
Praying for Sleep is not as compelling as other Deaver novels I've read.
The action lags.
There are no characters that are likeable -- so I was not particularly upset when any of them were endangered or threatened or killed.

Nuur Syahidah
Dec 31, 2015 Nuur Syahidah rated it did not like it
tak menarik sangat cerita kali ini. I think I had enough with physco things..
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