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Praying for Sleep

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,142 ratings  ·  97 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 1993)
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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...more
Aug 19, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
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
Aug 21, 2013 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Shauna Tyndall
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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...more

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...more
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 him. Det...more
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...more
April Twist
Keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Great twist at the end and a wonderful story. Deaver knows exactly where to get his readers!
Libri Òphiere
Pietà per i giganti.

Un bellissimo protagonista. Qui Deaver si affida più alla psicologia che alla tecnologia. Un Thriller "poetico".
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
Zahrada bestií a Sběratel kostí nasadili laťku hodně vysoko, takže Neklidu dávám nakonec jen 4*. Atmosféra ale neměla chybu.
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.

An older Deaver that I have just finished and enjoyed. Although this particular ending was more predictable than usual with the author, I still found it to be an enjoyable page turner with some interesting side steps into psychiatry and raising roses! The central character appears overwhelmingly ditzy and naive but the plot is serviceable and as usual the author ties up the loose ends neatly.
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
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

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...more
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
Lynne Radcliffe
Another great Deaver book. Totally surprised with the ending! Love being surprised!
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
Charlene Gordon
Good book. Read this in 2004.
Excellent from start to finish. Read it.
Great story - surprising ending.
When Michael Hrubek escapes from a mental institution, the directors of the hospital are terrified that thier professional reputation will be ruined and tell the police that he's harmless, and not a danger to society. This however, couldn't be further from the truth. Hrubbek is on a mission to take revenge on society for his time spent in the institution. He is making his way towards the home of the woman who is responsible for his incarceration and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.....
Amanda Patterson
This was a very strange book.
It was almost a ghost story. It certainly made me feel uncomfortable. I wasn't sure what was going on. I felt aimless, and tormented like Lis - like the character who can't sleep. I can barely remember the baddie. The characters were so haphazardly given 'characteristics' that didn't quite fit.
This was hopefully meant to make me feel like this? What it didn't do was satisfy me as a reader. There was no plot.
Well-padded multiple switcheroo thriller. I skipped a LOT of verbiage, at it was most thoroughly improved.

Jeffery Deaver: love him. He had problems with this before-cellphones yarn: all kinds of easy problems to set up, but his cleverness was hindered by the times.

Kind of nice trip back in time (70s, at a guess), looking at a masterful writer working beautifully well! Kindle from my library was just perfect for this romp.
Diana H.
Someday I'm going to figure out who the bad guy is before the author tells me at the end of the book.
Jeffery Deaver has crafted a tale that is twisted and convoluted in such a way that it's difficult to see anyone else as the killer until the very last few pages of this book.
This was so interesting that I had difficulty putting it down.
Anyone who enjoys reading thrillers will definitely enjoy this book.
Happy reading!!
This was a enjoyable book picking up pace as it went on.

At first few chapters it was slow going but iI think it was more because I was in a reading funk then the actual book.

Though halfway throuh the book I thought that the indian leap incident wasn't as straightforward as it looked I was surprised by what had actually happenedthough considering J deaver's writing stye it shouldn't have.

Worth a read
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Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro...more
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