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Sleeping Cruelty

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  577 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Politics, scandal and an island paradise. Fabulously wealthy entrepreneur Sir William Benedict has always dreamed of being accepted amongst society's elite, despite his working class roots.

When fast-rising Tory MP Andrew Maynard enters his life, William suddenly finds that he has gained the social status that he has always craved. But when a political scandal erupts around
Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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Huw Rhys
Sep 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Lynda La Plante's TV drama's, and so the expectation of a novel which had the semblance of a credible plot, characters who were at least 2 dimensional and endless pages without cliches, childlike grammar and propositions, and a narrative which occasionally flowed and made some sort of sense wasn't too much to expect.

I was desperately disappointed on all fronts. She seemed to change her mind about where her story was going every couple of pages, possibly because she realized like th
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I am still trying to come to terms with the roller coaster ride of how this book first got me interested, shocked me, and then finally moved me to tears.😱😮

The plot revolves around Sir William Benedict and how he always desires for a greater social status in spite of being a wealthy entrepreneur with all the money in the world that one could ever dream of, alongside an island in the Caribbean. But it's only after meeting Andrew Maynard, a politician, does he get the fame and the status he had al
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, I confess, is the first book by Lynda la Plante that I have read, but her reputation precedes her and I had high expectations of this book. However, I was somewhat disappointed. It is undeniable that the book is well plotted, but I have reservations about that plotting and about the actual writing. The latter I can only describe as vaguely naive and the dialogue is not that good. One point I noticed was that the author avoids 'product placement' except that some of the characters at one ti ...more
Martin Drew
This book is quite readable tosh. The whole concept is so far from anything that could be believable that it should probably be described as fantasy. Even the geography is fantastical - the British Virgin Islands' mail boat apparently goes via Mustique in the Grenadines! So lazy research, lazy characterisation seemingly based on the belief that all rich people are either stupid inheritors of wealth or self-obsessed Midas types, and a couple of siblings damaged by abuse. Readable rubbish - I thou ...more
Nicky Warwick
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book? It is a far cry from the classy crime thrillers Ms La Plante usually writes.
I stuck with it but could easily have left it unfinished (which is rare for me).
Fluffy twaddle interspersed with a few kinky sex scenes (& in a way the writing style reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey although the conversations etc flowed more easily). If it didn't have Lynda La Plante's name on it you'd probably be hard pressed to guess she'd written it.
Grace Tierney
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favourite of LaPlante's books. I struggled to empathise with the main characters and hadn't a clue who to root for. Plot was suitably twisty and well paced but I didn't enjoy spending so much time with corrupt characters all out to destroy others.
Lisa Keeble
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this after having worked my way through Prime Suspect and La Plante's other crime novels and it was a surprise but a pleasant one. This is a twisted, psychological tale that meanders along making you wonder which turn it will take next - thoroughly enjoyable!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
If only it were possible to rate this tripe lower. Into the donation box it goes!
Mar 21, 2017 added it
Quite a good start to this thriller but it was a disappointing ending with Justin ending up dead.
Beth Dean
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery, crime
This was not at all a book I would pick up at all...ever......never ever, however after Egypt (ages ago I know) mum was goin to chuck this book away and I just HAD to save it. So now I've read it I've gotta say it was nowehere near as awful as I thought it was going to be, I mean I knew it wasn't going to be badly written but I thought it would be sooooooo slow going for me as I just didn't fancy reading crime novels. But it was really good, I will probaly be reading another at some point in tim ...more
Hannah Davies
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first stand alone Lynda La Plante I have read, and she did not disappoint. As thrilling and gripping as I have come to expect!
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty bad. I expected a crime drama or cop-thriller and instead got a below par Jeffrey Archer with a few shades of grey thrown in. My main beef with this book isn't with the underlying concept - that was what kept me reading to the end and raised it to a 2-star rating - but the characterisations were laughable. People flipped from being amiable, affable and charming one page to being arrogant, irritating and angry the next, and then back again, and then back again. You'd be hard put t ...more
Pete Wood
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As I tend to expect from Lynda La Plante, a great story, solidly constructed characters and tight-writing, (not a spare word or sentence in sight).
The story is fast-paced with many twists and turns.
She did a great job by leaving some of the background details to the readers imagination, (this is referred to in Authors notes).
Like any outstanding thriller it stays in your mind long after the book has been finished.

Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
An absorbing read though slightly predictable. Reminded me a bit of Jeffrey Archer's Not a Penny more, not a Penny less. La Plante has an easy and readable style, though the dark characters are too obvious to be really scary. I was amazed at the number of typos in the edition I read, a 2000 hard cover small: Stop looking at each other and looked at me. (p5), and now Justin had to (too) p268 and two others.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This isn't the kind of book that I would ever pick up. I'm much more interested in the Supernatural/Adventure/Action with a big dash of Romance, yet I found myself quite enjoying this book. The beginning was a bit slow for my taste but the twist and turns in the plot kept me reading until the end
May 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now if there was a little less sex (and/or gory details) in there, I would've enjoyed the book more.
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Richard Mulholland
2nd read: Good, fun read - gripping.

1st read (8/1/03): Brilliant book
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
At first it's quite shocking, then it's plain mind twisting. Not my style.
Tania Easton
Great book, read it a couple of yrs ago and can still remember it being a good read.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant story, totally different to her usual style as they are more detective / police based, cleverly told with believable characters with an insight into the mind of a killer.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Couldn't put it down... La Plante has that kind of hold on me. However, I'm not sure how she slapped together happy endings for such disturbed characters.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not at all what I expected, but found it to be a very good read
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first Linda La Plante and I thoroughly enjoyed it, gripping story that was difficult to put down!
Ruth Windeler was bakin
Not what I expected from this author. Quite dark and racy.
Judy LeBlanc
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
not one of my favourite books by Ms LaPlante, nasty characters prevail, even the hero is not a nice person, ending however is satisfying. Definitely twisted.
Debra Allen
Disappointed with this one..
Kirsten Forrester
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: work
Crap, crap, crap. I think the plot was made up on a day to day basis. To see an author of such renowned stoop to this is sad.
Joyanne Hope
Hard to put down....great storytelling /......well worth reading once you have persevered.
Beverley Spiller
intriguing with a plot that gets a bit muddled i think
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Lynda La Plante (born Lynda Titchmarsh) is a British author, screenwriter, and erstwhile actress (her performances in Rentaghost and other programmes were under her stage name of Lynda Marchal), best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series.

Her first TV series as a scriptwriter was the six part robbery series Widows, in 1983, in which the widows of four armed robbers carry out a

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