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Sleeping Beauty

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,438 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews

Author Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his sensational bestseller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime account of a deeply personal subject: the attack by a serial killer that left his twin sister, Casey, in a coma. Tonight the audience waits to hear Miles discuss recent developments in his sister's case -- unaware that pieces of this complex puzzle of violence, unkn

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Nov 22, 2007 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2008 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a fast paced, page turning mystery
This is a book review about pleasant surprises, cherished longtime friends, and new genres. See, a couple weeks ago, I got together with one of my oldest good friends, Leah Beil. Leah and I went to high school together and I could write a book, let alone a blog entry, on our friendship and the concept that we’ve known each other for two decades.

After some cheerful catch-up chat, a -great- movie enjoyed together, and a stop at Barnes and Noble, where Leah used to work, she made me an interesting
Feb 05, 2008 July rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Brillant Book!
I couldn't sleep, I couldn't put this book down. It was riveting right from the beginning!!
Ashley's life is horribly changed when at 17 her home is broken into her father is brutaly murdered. Her best friend Tanya is raped and murdered. And Ashley barely escapes with her life after climbing out a window and running to a neighbor. Her mother who wasn't at home that night but was at work convinces Ashley months later to go to a elite private school where tragedy follows them.
The De
Feb 03, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristen by: Crystal Craig
In Phillip Margolin's Sleeping Beauty, he told us a harrowing tale that nightmares were made of. When Ashley Spencer was seventeen, she witnessed true terror, when a serial killer murdered her father and her best friend. A year later, she tried to piece together what was left of her life. The nightmare of the past year had reawakened for Ashley and her mother Teri, when the private school became a safe haven for them. That's when a true crime book called Sleeping beauty came out and became a nat ...more
Feb 21, 2012 JQ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
If this is the caliber of writing that constitutes a NYT bestseller, then be on the lookout for my first book which I will write next week & have published & on the NYT bestseller list the week after that. Or wait, maybe this was intended to be written at a 4th-grade reading level? About halfway through I gave up reading this for anything other than the hilarity factor as it was truly laughable the way this book was written. Talk about the dumbing-down of America. Is this what the NYT be ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book only b/c I recorded the Unabridged Audiobook of it. I found it to be an interesting thriller - but then again, I had to be connected to every single character in the book - in order to "play" them when recording. Other thriller fans would probably disagree about the quality of the story and the writing. But, honestly, I was very connected to the main character and really enjoyed the twists and turns.
Oct 16, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, didnt-finish
I made it to page 200 before quitting this book, after almost quitting a time or two earlier on. It wasn't horrible - I pushed through it because the plot was good, I liked the settings, and there were a handful of creepy/suspenseful moments that I enjoyed. The writing style, however, really annoyed me from the beginning. Many of the words, thoughts, and actions of the characters felt unrealistic to me... definitely not behavior you would expect after losing loved ones to the hands of a serial k ...more
Mary JL
May 27, 2009 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: Previous fan of author
Shelves: mystery-horror
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Jun 30, 2009 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
While the plot of Sleeping Beauty was intriguing the writing was flat. I could get lost in the plot but when I stepped back and really looked at the prose, it was just so...simple, I guess. The sentences were short and basic. The character development was bland and narrated instead of demonstrated. Again, the plot was interesting and moved it along. A true crime novel about a solved murder sparks a new investigation and more horrors against the heroine who survived the murders the first time. I ...more
This is an average mystery novel. The plot was interesting and certainly kept me turning pages, but it was overall predictable... I liked the characters and found them to be sympathetic as well. The real downside of this novel was the writing style. It has been probably 8 years since I last read a Margolin novel, and I did not remember the style being so simplistic, with errors in verb tense. While the short sentences did set the book at a faster pace, sometimes it completely pulled me out of th ...more
Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenth thriller's plot almost too twisty to believe...

We have read and generally enjoyed all nine of Margolin's previous outings, and find that this lawyer turned writer can craft a suspenseful story line along with the best of them. The books that have left us a little cold were ones where the author overpopulates with so many events and characters, doing justice to few of them, that hardly a reader can keep it all straight. Fortunately, in "Beauty", we have a cast of just a few main players to
Feb 15, 2011 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
High school junior Ashley Spencer has invited her best friend to sleep over. Neither girl can foresee the horrific events that will take place that night. A masked killer enters the home, viciously murdering Ashley's father and friend, but Ashley herself manages to get away. She and her mother try to pick up the pieces, but her mother is also killed. When a suspect is arrested, Ashley finally feels safe, but upon his escape at his preliminary hearing, she flees to Europe, where she lives for fiv ...more
Ben Campbell
Phillip Margolin wrote us a simplistic murder mystery with a few plot twists as to who-done-it and why who-done-it. Mediocre characters, mediocre clues, mediocre staging, mediocre dialog, mediocre emotions, mediocre situations, am I sounding repetitive and pedestrian? It's all to prove my point. Sleeping Beauty is more like sleeping puddles, someone steps into a muddy puddle and a few seconds later the puddle settles into a lifeless sheen.

Oh yeah, there are murders and a rape, arrests and escape
Dec 26, 2011 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer breaks into a family home in the middle of the night. He kills the father by repeatedly stabbing him, assaults, rapes and kills a girl spending the night with their teen aged daughter who manages to escape from him. This is how the novel opens. The girl who escapes transfers to an elite school after her father's death. There, while running one evening, she hears screams and when investigating, sees her Mother's body and that of the school's Dean in the Boathouse. She also sees a ...more
Mar 06, 2013 manNie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Phillip Margolin book i have ever read, chosen quite randomly from the bookstore shelf. I must say that I was truly impressed by his writing style in this particular book. He jumped back-and-forth from the present to the past without creating any confusion on my part as the reader. You could create a number of endings as you proceed with the book, and I must say that I was pretty pleased with how the story progressed and presented itself. I was easily absorbed in the story line ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
A stand-alone thriller from prolific author Phillip Margolin. Unfamiliar with Margolin, I read this 2004 thriller at random. There was sufficient suspense and surprising plot points to make it an enjoyable experience.

Thriller - Ashley Spencer and a friend had just gone to bed when an intruder slaughters Ashley's father and her friend. Ashley escapes. She transfers to a prep school where her mother takes a writing class with best-selling author Joshua Maxfield. His novel appears based on the Spen
Shannon Jaros
Apr 22, 2013 Shannon Jaros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sleeping Beauty, written by Phillip Margolin, focuses around the devastatingly, traumatic events in teenage Ashley Spencer's life and the rippling effects that follow. While the story is told from a third person’s point of view, it mainly follows the daily life of Ashley. The only other major character introduced first off the bat is Miles Van Meter who helps guide the plot of the book that jumps from action of the past to present. More important characters are woven in as the pages progress. T ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Jo-Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sleeping Beauty is gripping right at the start when, at 17, Ashley Spencer's life is changed. Her home is broken into and her father is brutaly murdered. Her best friend Tanya is raped and murdered also. Her mother who wasn't at home that night convinces Ashley months later to go to a private school where tragedy follows them.

This is not your average murder novel. There are lots of bad guys and disorder but the plot twists are fantastic. As usual, Phillip Margolin came up with a captivating stor
Jill Manske
Oct 14, 2013 Jill Manske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a Phillip Margolin book in a long time and happened to pick this one up while perusing the local library. I had forgotten how good he is. Sleeping Beauty is a very complex thriller/mystery with a unique plot and intriguing characters. It is extremely well-written; the dialog is frighteningly realistic and each scene is described in such a way that you feel you're actually peeking into the room. I'm a sucker for plot twists and turns, and this one keeps you guessing till the very en ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice plot, good pacing, decent character development. And an unexpected ending. I only wish he didn't have such a fascination with the word "which."
Heather L
Mar 24, 2015 Heather L rated it really liked it
I was told about this book from a perfect stranger I happened to converse with at a discount bookstore. We got to talking about new books and she suggested I give this writer a try, specified this title in particular. And with that, onto my compelling review:

Wow. Chills. That's what I got at the end of this one. Without giving anything away, the author truly gives the reader a sense of utter amazement and shock. Rarely do I read novels that put me into that category, and Margolin did that for me
Sep 16, 2014 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Margolin. He writes nuanced characters involved in complex mysteries that often have surprise twists. I had a hunch about the perp early on, but still worth the read to find out for sure. Teenager Ashley Spencer survives a home invasion whereby her father is murdered and her best friend who is staying the night is raped and murdered. Ashley escapes her bondage when the killer takes a snack break in the kitchen before returning to Ashley’s room to rape and kill her. Ashley goes out a window ...more
Bryan Davis
A "run of the mill" murder/suspense story with not so shocking revelations and twists. It's good, easy to read, and entertaining, but not much makes it stand out from other murder/suspense works.
Ahmed Salah
Oct 28, 2014 Ahmed Salah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Raves For
bestselling masterwork of suspense

Phillip Margolin is the author of Proof Positive, Sleeping Beauty, Wild Justice, Ties That Bind and eight other New York Times bestsellers. He is a longtime criminal defense attorney and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Phillip Margolin knows how to pack in the thrills. With it's starting twists and turns, Sleeping Beauty will keep you guessing until it's shocking end.
Margolin maintains the suspense. This is his tenth nov
Nov 03, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Phillip Margolin book that I have read, and I'm hooked!

While I picked this book in error, I was looking for true crime and this popped up because one of the characters in the book had written a true crime account within this novel. So, once I figured out it was fiction, I was well on my way into the truly would have been a fascinating serial killer account.

The novel opens at the home of Norman and Terri Spencer whose home has just been invaded by a monster...who is la
Lynne Curry
Jan 30, 2016 Lynne Curry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked how the author established character and setting details and had great plot twists. I'd like to have given it 5 stars but couldn't. Twice, he created contrived plot turns, where a likable protagonist didn't go to the police and agreed to meet someone in a secluded area without thinking to at least alert the police and thus got herself killed. It moved the plot along but lost me as a a reader.
I'm a budding novelist and reading this book sent me back to my own work in progress to cut out
Caitlin Gurrieri
This book was found at a book sale my local library was having. Found it with no book jacket just its plain blue hardback cover. I bought it not knowing who the author was or what the story was about. I also picked it because Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney princess.

Wow! Was this book awesome! I like how this story read and how it was written. I felt like this story was going on in my present life it felt so real. I never felt lost even though it kept going to different times in the book.
Sep 24, 2016 Silva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Book, I honestly did not expected to be this. good. It was a good reading experince for me.
A great thriller/who did it/mystery novel.
A good page turner.

Looking for other Margolin's books
Ashley Vidaurre

One of the reasons i picked this book is simply because it is a murder mystery which I find relatively interesting and enjoyable to read. I do enjoy the author it didn't have any major awards. I like the types of books he writes and sells. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys murder mysteries because this book is a good example of one. This book did not receive I am writing this report for Ms.Orona my English four teacher. The title of my book is Sleeping Beauty and the author's na
Vivian Byfield
Oct 07, 2016 Vivian Byfield rated it it was amazing

Phillip Margolin does not disappoint and this novel proved the point. He is one of the master's of twists and turns that you do not see coming. A real page turner.
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